A Brief Concordance to the Holy Bible of the Most Usual and Useful Places Which One May Have Occasion to Seek For

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by Samuel Clarke

A Brief Concordance to the Holy Bible
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Title not held by The Wolf Law Library
at the College of William & Mary.
Author Samuel Clarke
Published London: T. Parkhurst [etc.]
Date 1696
Volumes volume set

Samuel Clarke or Clark (1626–1701) was an English Nonconformist clergyman known as an assiduous annotator of the Bible.[1] A Bible concordance is an alphabetical listings of words and phrases found in the Holy Bible and shows where the terms occur throughout all books of Scripture.[2] With cross-references for verses, concordances make it easy to understand the meaning of terms and the context in which those words are used.[3]

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Listed in the Jefferson Inventory of Wythe's Library as "Clarke’s Concordance. 12mo." This was one of the titles kept by Thomas Jefferson and later sold to the Library of Congress in 1815. All of the Wythe Collection sources (Goodwin's Study[4], Dean's Memo[5], Brown's Bibliography[6] and George Wythe's Library[7] on LibraryThing) list the 1696 edition as the probable one owned by Wythe. The copy owned by the Library of Congress was rebound for Jefferson with his shelfmark and contains writings that Sowerby notes may be attributable to Wythe. As of yet, the Wolf Law Library has been unable to procure a copy of Brief Concordance to the Holy Bible.

See also


  1. "Clarke, Samuel (1626-1701)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
  2. Ibid.
  3. Ibid.
  4. Mary R. M. Goodwin, The George Wythe House: Its Furniture and Furnishings (Williamsburg, Virginia: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Library, 1958), XLVII.
  5. Memorandum from Barbara C. Dean, Colonial Williamsburg Found., to Mrs. Stiverson, Colonial Williamsburg Found. (June 16, 1975), 3 (on file at Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary).
  6. Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file. Earlier edition available at: https://digitalarchive.wm.edu/handle/10288/13433.
  7. LibraryThing, s.v. "Member: George Wythe," accessed on June 28, 2013.