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A Collection of Tracts, publish'd in Vindication of Mr. Lock's Reasonableness of Christianity, as delivered in the Scriptures; and of his Essay concerning Humane Understanding. London: A. And J. Churchill, 1697-1706.
- First edition. Samuel Bold was one of five people to whom Locke presented copies of the fourth edition of the Essay concerning Humane Understanding (1700). Also, the Preface of Locke's Second Vindication of The Reasonableness of Christianity (1697) consists mostly of Locke's grateful letter of acknowledgement addressed 'To Mr. Bold'. This collection, behind its new main title-page dated 1706, contains first printings of all the following six works, each with its own original title-page: 'Bold was installed as rector at Steeple in Dorset in 1682. It was from there, in 1697, that he commenced the work for which he is chiefly remembered, his defence of John Locke. Locke's The Reasonableness of Christianity had appeared in 1695 and was immediately attacked as Socinian by the Calvinist John Edwards in Socinianism Unmasked (1696). Locke's own Vindication (1695) and Second Vindication (1697) of the Reasonableness of Christianity against Edwards were supported by Bold who, in 1697, entered the field with A Short Discourse of the True Knowledge of Christ Jesus in which he contended with Locke that Christ and the apostles considered it sufficient for a Christian to believe that Jesus was the Christ. Bold published two further works in that year, contra Edwards, in defence of Locke and his own Short Discourse, and in 1698 added Observations on the animadversions on a late book entituled, the Reasonableness of Christianity, again in defence of Locke. In 1699 Bold turned his attention to the vindication of Locke's other great work, the Essay Concerning Humane Understanding (1690) which by then was already in a second edition but which had attracted unfavourable comment. Bold's Some considerations on the principal objections and arguments against Mr. Locke's essay of humane understanding (1699), together with his earlier work in support of The Reasonableness of Christianity drew the comment that Bold was ‘one of the ablest advocates of Mr. Locke’ (Hutchins, 1.612), as well as Locke's own unstinted gratitude. Bold was frequently mentioned in Locke's correspondence with great regard and Locke wrote to him in 1699 ‘everything must be welcome to me that comes from your pen’ (N&Q, 137), although in 1703 when Bold visited Locke at Otes (or Oates) he was dissuaded by Locke from further publication. In 1706, however, after Locke's death, Bold's earlier publications in defence of Locke were republished, together with some of his more recent works, in A collection of tracts publish'd in vindication of Mr. Locke's Reasonableness of Christianity. One of these later works, A Discourse Concerning the Resurrection of the Same Body (1705), seems to have been generated by Bold's assimilation of Locke's views on human existence, resulting in a major shift in Bold's own thinking regarding the nature and destiny of man' (ODNB). PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Six parts in one volume, 8vo, [iv], 55, [ii], [vi], 52, xvi, 52, [v], 124, [iv], 60, [xii], 206, [2] pp., contemporary calf, rebacked, armorial bookplate of John Bold of Grange, early ownership inscription on front free endpaper and early annotations on main title verso showing through, browned in places (heavily in the fourth work), generally good copies, all very rare. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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