1673 - SYNOPSIS CRITICORUM ALIORUMQUE S. SCRIPTUREAE INTERPRETUM, Full calf Elephant Folio Giant Book
Poli, Matthaei [Matthew Poole], SYNOPSIS CRITICORUM ALIORUMQUE S. SCRIPTUREAE INTERPRETUM, Londinia: E. Flesher, Sold by Carolum Smith,1673. [Vol.III only], full calf hardcover, Elephant Folio (16.250 x 10.625"), good / n.a., [vi] 2178 pp. Original full leather, w/ worn blind tooled paneling to boards, red pared morocco gilt label on spine, six raise bands, binding well worn, joints and hinges cracked but holding solid by cords, boards especially corners bumped and rubbed, very gently age toned, no foxing evident, vol. 3 of 4. A huge and heavy book, outside binding is 16.875 x 11.3125"), no surprise it has been battered by the ages, but on the outside only, the text is still clean and majoritively bright.
Matthew Poole (1624–1679) was an English Nonconformist theologian. He was born at York, the son of Francis Pole, but he spelled his name Poole, and in Latin Polus; his mother was a daughter of Alderman Toppins there. He was educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, from 1645. Poole was a jure divino presbyterian, and an authorised defender of the views on ordination of the London provincial assembly, as formulated by William Blackmore. After the Restoration, in a sermon of 26 August 1660 before the lord mayor Sir Thomas Aleyn at St Paul's Cathedral, he made a case for simplicity of public worship. On the passing of the Uniformity Act 1662 he resigned his living, and was succeeded by R. Booker on 29 August 1662.
In his depositions relative to the alleged Popish plot (September 1678), Titus Oates had represented Poole as marked for assassination, because of his tract (1666) on the Nullity of the Romish Faith. Poole gave some credit to this, reportedly after a scare on returning home one evening near Clerkenwell with Josiah Chorley. Poole left England, and settled at Amsterdam. Here he died on 12 October 1679.
The work with which his name is principally associated is the Synopsis criticorum biblicorum (5 vols fol., 1669-1676), in which he summarizes the views of one hundred and fifty biblical critics.