A Rational Catechism or, An Instructive Conference between a Father and a Son.
by [Popple, William].
London: Printed, and Sold, by Andrew Sowle, 1687. Small octavo, pp. , [1, blank], 143, [+1, errata] pp. With the poem "Advice to a Son" printed at pp. 133-143. Contemporary blind-tooled sheep, excellently rebacked and restored, preserving most of the original spine. Corners lightly rubbed with some slight wear to boards. Light foxing and marginal ofísetting to endpapers. Some offsetting to gutter margins and text block of pp. 70-76 from previously laid-in object. Still, a remarkably fine copy. First edition, dedicated to the author's "dearest daughters," of a work that is a significant distillation of Locke’s principles of toleration. William Popple (1638-1708) was the nephew of Andrew Marvell (1621-1678) and was educated under his guidance. He was a successful merchant in Hull before moving to Bordeaux, where he lived from 1670 to 1688. After returning to London, he met William Penn, and became secretary of the Dry Club, established by John Locke to debate issues of religious liberty. He also translated Locke’s Letter on Toleration (1689) from the Latin. When Locke was appointed a commissioner of the Board of Trade in 1696, Popple became the board's secretary. Though A Rational Catechism is written in the form of a dialogue between a father and son, the dedication to his daughters states: "I am desirous that it may be a common memorial of me unto all of you, when I shall be no more, I therefore make it yours also by this dedication.” Not noted in Yolton. (Inventory #: 109261)
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