A common place-book to the Holy Bible

A common place-book to the Holy Bible : or, the scripture's sufficiency practically demonstrated. Wherein The Substance of Scripture, Respecting Doctrine, Worship, and Manners, Is reduced to its proper Head: Weighty Cases are resolved, Truths confirmed, and difficult Texts illustrated and explained.

John Locke

London : Printed for A. Bettesworth and C. Hitch, in Paternoster-Row ; J. and J. Bonwicke, in St. Paul's Church-Yard ; R. Ware, in Amen-Corner ; A. Ward, in Little-Britain ; S. Birt, in Ave-Maria-Lane ; T. Osborn, in Grays-Inn ; and E. Wicksted, in Newgate-Street, MDCCXXXVIII. [1738]

[16], 309, [11] pages.  4th edition, enlarged by 12 chapters and ammended.  Contemporary boards.  Covers heavily rubbed, with some loss.  Front board detached. Internally good.  Title in red and black. Methodist library stamp inside front cover, title page. English Short Title Catalog, ESTCT117076.

"In the most general sense, a commonplace book contains a collection of significant or well-known passages that have been copied and organized in some way, often under topical or thematic headings, in order to serve as a memory aid or reference for the compiler. Commonplace books serve as a means of storing information, so that it may be retrieved and used by the compiler, often in his or her own work. The commonplace book has its origins in antiquity in the idea of loci communes, or "common places," under which ideas or arguments could be located in order to be used in different situations. The florilegium, or "gathering of flowers," of the Middle Ages and early modern era, collected excerpts primarily on religious and theological themes. Commonplace books flourished during the Renaissance and early modern period: students and scholars were encouraged to keep commonplace books for study, and printed commonplace books offered models for organizing and arranging excerpts. In the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries printed commonplace books, such as John Locke’s A New Method of Making Common-Place-Books (1706), continued to offer new models of arrangement." - Harvard University Library, Open Collections Program, retrived 7/25/2016.

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