London: Printed for A. Bosvile ... 1708. ,295pp. Octavo. Contemporary paneled calf, raised bands, spine gilt extra. Decorative head and tail pieces. Shallow loss at crown and toe of spine, institutional bookplate on pastedown, 1717 ownership inscription of William Bickford on rear free endsheet (and pencil inscription of descendant on front blank), long tear in terminal blank endsheet, still, a very good, large, crisp copy, printed on heavy paper. Item #WRCLIT65884
Fourth edition. Baker (1656 - 1740) "... was a conservative Anglican clergyman who felt that this dangerous spirit of modernity of the post-revolution era had to be opposed. To this end he thoroughly prepared himself to write a book that would bring out the essential inadequacy of human knowledge and the fatal consequences of an overvaluing of human reason, emphasizing instead the need for a humble and reverent belief in revelation as our only certainty. He was a well-informed amateur, not a scientist or a philosopher, and his Reflections upon Learning (1699), while evidently touching a chord with the general reader—it went through eight editions before 1760—met with severe criticism from specialists. Although the book was published anonymously Baker became involved in an acrimonious controversy over it with the geologist and physician John Woodward, and this unpleasant experience clearly played a part in his decision to turn his attention to more congenial subjects"- DNB. ESTC T115163.