If you could have one Reformed book reprinted, what would it be and why?

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  1. Reformed Bookworm

    Reformed Bookworm Puritan Board Sophomore

    If you could have any Reformed book reprinted, what would it be and why? What impact did this book have in the history of the Church? What would be its benefit for Christians of our generation? There are two requirements for this particular thread. First, it has to be in English. Secondly, there has to be known manuscripts or digital copies available.
    My reason for this thread is that I love reading old Reformed literature. I find it thrilling coming across obscure, to our generation, books. The two requirements are because I would like to actually read it and I can only read English, currently. Thanks for your participation! Let this be a thread of discovery as opposed to debates and tangents.
     
  2. KMK

    KMK Administrator Staff Member

    Durham on Revelation
     
  3. KMK

    KMK Administrator Staff Member

    Thankfully, Chris posted this back in 2014.

    "If you don't care about the old print; a 1680 and 1739 are online. The Old Paths 2000 edition is hard to get and as I have edited the lectures on the first three chapters it has proved to have a lot of mistakes in the transcription; so I would not pay an unreasonable price for a second hand copy. I should get the Naphtalii Press edition out in 2015 or 2016.
    PRDL | James Durham (1622-1658) / 21 titles, 22 vols."
     
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  4. Ed Walsh

    Ed Walsh Puritan Board Junior

    I have one or two copies of the Old Paths Edition still in the shrink wrap.
    Free to a good home.
     
  5. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritan Board Doctor

    If that offer is still good, I will take you up on it.
     
  6. Ed Walsh

    Ed Walsh Puritan Board Junior

    It's yours. Just PM me your USPS shipping address and I'll try to get it out Monday.
    I'll write back soon if I discover any more volumes. But I think I only have one.
     
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  7. Reformed Bookworm

    Reformed Bookworm Puritan Board Sophomore

    If you come across another, I would love one. I have searched for some time now for that title.
     
  8. Reformed Bookworm

    Reformed Bookworm Puritan Board Sophomore

    I would also love to see this back in print. I have been trying to get my hands on a copy.
     
  9. NaphtaliPress

    NaphtaliPress Administrator Staff Member

    oy vie. Plans change. I'm paving a way forward on the Revelation by getting all Durham's lectures done with hopes that this project gets a green light finally (how can you say no if it completes the series? but its cost is the main factor). I hope to take up Song of Solomon as soon as I finish this manuscript project taking David Dickson's 1628 sermons on Lamentations to publication. It's a month over schedule from what I pegged but I'm in my final read which I should finish, DV, this coming week. Then it is just on my co-conspirator to draft the intro and it goes to RHB.
     
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  10. jwithnell

    jwithnell Moderator Staff Member

    When PB folks have asked about comforting someone during a time of illness or death, I've recommended a book that is out of print and can cost big bucks to buy used:

    In the Shadow of Death, Meditations for the Sick-Room and at the Sick-Bed [Abraham Kuyper]

    I'd love to see it reprinted!
     
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  11. Reformed Bookworm

    Reformed Bookworm Puritan Board Sophomore

    I am not familiar with this one! Recommendations like this are exactly why I started this thread. This book would be very timely for two people in my life.
     
  12. Reformed Bookworm

    Reformed Bookworm Puritan Board Sophomore

    Thanks for the update. I look forward to the Dickson title. It is hard for me to imagine anyone complaining about the time it takes for the beautiful books you release.
     
  13. NaphtaliPress

    NaphtaliPress Administrator Staff Member

    It's me that does the complaining I expect. The labor cost would prohibit publication if one expects to get all the time that goes into it paid for. You basically give away months and months of time to get these sorts of things done.
     
  14. Reformed Bookworm

    Reformed Bookworm Puritan Board Sophomore

    In a sense I understand. I am a former owner of two companies and now running another. I know how long it takes to see a project from idea to completion. Deo Volente for more Naphtali releases.
     
  15. Edward

    Edward Puritan Board Doctor

    You might be planning to do self-service, but just a reminder that the Post Office will be closed on Monday for Robert E. Lee's birthday.
     
  16. greenbaggins

    greenbaggins Administrator Staff Member

    The single book that needs attention more than ANY other, in my opinion, is Anthony Burgess's magisterial treatment of justification. It is probably the most influential Puritan treatment of the subject, and it has never been printed in modern typeface. It is now available in pdf facsimile off PRDL. However, we need a modern typeface version in the worst possible way.
     
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  17. Reformed Bookworm

    Reformed Bookworm Puritan Board Sophomore

    I seriously just pulled that work up on PRDL this morning with the thoughts of possibly updating it. I have been considering challenging myself to such a project for some time. I wholeheartedly agree with you on the value of this work.
     
  18. NaphtaliPress

    NaphtaliPress Administrator Staff Member

    MW and I toyed with this back in 2012 but his health took a hit and I had other projects of my own to take on. It it not worth the effort just to put it in modern type (and please, with no offense to anyone, those who has never done this before, don't ruin this work by making it your freshman effort; it needs hands that have done this kind of work before). To make folks forgo the free though hard to read, it needs scholarship and critical notes, etc. That's basically been my approach with Naphtali Press since the reboot in 2011 (reboot after a fashion, there had been a hiatus of titles).

     
  19. Reformed Bookworm

    Reformed Bookworm Puritan Board Sophomore

    This is the exact reason I have never taken on such a project. I would love to see this work circulated through the Church again.
     
  20. C. Matthew McMahon

    C. Matthew McMahon Christian Preacher

    Franic Roberts, Mysterium & medulla Bibliorum the mysterie and marrow of the Bible, viz. God's covenant with man in the first Adam before the fall, and in the last Adam, Jesus Christ, after the fall, from the beginning to the end of the world : unfolded & illustrated in positive aphorisms & their explanation ...

    We've already started this. It will take some time. But it may be one of the top Puritan works of all time. Its definitely in the top 5 Puritan works on covenant theology.
     
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  21. NaphtaliPress

    NaphtaliPress Administrator Staff Member

    I can't argue from influence on me or importance, but it would be nice to see some of the large puritan works noted in Spurgeon's On Commentaries, redone, like Nehemiah Rogers, Naaman the Syrian, an 898 page folio.
     
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  22. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Professor

    Two I'd like to see:

    Christian Personal Ethics by Carl F. H. Henry (1957). This has been out of print for years. Henry gives a thorough history of ethical thought going back to the ancient Greeks in the first half of the book, and then lays out a Christian ethics in the second half of the book. I'd like to see it re-typeset and re-issued.

    The Principles of Theology: An Introduction to the Thirty-Nine Articles by W. H. Griffith Thomas (1930). It's his history of, and commentary on, the Thirty-Nine Articles, possibly the most extensive one yet published. Thomas completed the book before his death in 1924, and friends and colleagues saw it through the press in 1930. I think the last time it was reprinted was in the late 1970s, with a brief introduction by J. I. Packer. It's time it was back.
     
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  23. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritan Board Doctor

    Thanks a million, Ed. I will PM you my address now.
     
  24. TheInquirer

    TheInquirer Puritan Board Freshman

  25. NaphtaliPress

    NaphtaliPress Administrator Staff Member

    Why would one pay logos 12 bucks when prdl has several versions including the very one Logos is selling? http://www.prdl.org/author_view.php?a_id=256. :scratch:
    Logos used to carry the Old Path Publications edition of 2000, but the payments were so low OPP did not renew it. OPP made far more money selling the text and rights to Naphtali Press I am quite sure. If I can only get around to/see my way clear to ever do it.
     
  26. TheInquirer

    TheInquirer Puritan Board Freshman

  27. NaphtaliPress

    NaphtaliPress Administrator Staff Member

    I just saw the date and assumed it was a scan and not a resetting of the Sanders. My bad. That may be worth 12 bucks to someone. I would not have chosen the Sanders edition personally having studied the Sanders editions of Durham's works. But again, for what it is, I won't nay say it now.
     
  28. Pilgrim72

    Pilgrim72 Puritan Board Junior

    Joel Beeke told me a couple years ago that a project he hopes to start, once the Works of William Perkins is complete, is the Works of Anthony Burgess. Definitely something I'm looking forward to.
     
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  29. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Professor

    Beeke told me a month or two ago that, once his 4-volume systematic theology is finished (Volume 1 is out at the end of March, and he's hard at work on Volume 2 for next year), he wants to re-issue his commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism he wrote some years ago. It's been available in spiral-binder form, but I think he wants to go through the text, making any changes he needs to make, and then re-issue it as a set of proper hardbound (hopefully) volumes. So, he has a lot on his plate (and he just turned 66 in December).
     
  30. JTB.SDG

    JTB.SDG Puritan Board Sophomore

    Francis Roberts on the covenants, The Mystery and Marrow.
     
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