An Answer to the Question, Why Are You a Christian?
Boston: Apollo Press Joseph Belknap, 1795. A very nice copy of this scarce first edition. Recently rebound in half calf, with black marbled boards. Author's name and date in gilt to the spine. Binding is spotless. Internally complete, with some darkening to the initial pages. The page edges are rather chipped - but not affecting text. 43 pages. 250 by 160mm (9¾ by 6¼ inches).
John Clarke (1755–1798) was a minister of the First Church in Boston, Massachusetts. Born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, he was educated at the Boston Public Latin School and Harvard University He joined the ministry of Boston's First Church in January 1778, and remained there until his death at age 42. He was a charter member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1780. & was associated with the Boston Library Society; the Humane Society of Massachusetts; and the Massachusetts Historical Society.
Joseph Belknap was a Boston publisher. He was the son of a noted Congregationalist minister Jeremy Belknap, and a member of his "long lane" church in Boston. Here he had been involved with the ratifying of the Confederating Constitution of America. He involved in the foundation of, and printer to the Massachusetts Historical Society in 1791