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Classic Reprints No. 1
The Influence of the English Bible upon the English Language and upon English and American Literature
By Oscar Joseph

1935
22 pages
$10.00

Prepared in 1935 on the commemoration of four hundred years of the printed English Bible, this work surveys the influence of the English Bible on writers such as Shakespeare, Shelley, Burns, Coleridge, Tennyson, Dickens, and Poe.

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Classic Reprints No. 2
An Epistle to the Learned Nobilitie of England. Touching Translating the Bible from the Original, with Ancient Warrant for Everie Worde, unto the Full Satisfaction of Any That be of Hart
By Hugh Broughton

1597
60 pages
$10.00

Hugh Broughton (1549-1612), a famed English Hebrew scholar, is most remembered for his attacks on the King James Bible when it was first published. This "epistle" was written before the translators were selected, and after Broughton had left England for the Continent.

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Classic Reprints No. 17
John Wycliffe
By Daniel Curry and C. E. Barrows

1853, 1879
69 pages
$10.00

Two nineteenth-century Baptist ministers each provide concise yet supplementary biographies of John Wycliffe and his role in translating the Bible into English.

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Classic Reprints No. 32
William Tindale and the English Bible
By Henry Guppy

1925, 1936
66 pages
$10.00

Written by the noted former librarian of the John Rylands library of the University of Manchester, and reprinted by special permission, this book includes two articles on William Tyndale and the English Bible. The first is a brief sketch of the life of Tyndale written on the occasion of the four hundredth anniversary of his death. The second is an account of Tyndale and his Bible and those who translated the Bible into English before him. Illustrated with twelve plates, including a likeness of Tyndale.

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Classic Reprints No. 44
Notes on the Amended English Bible With Special Reference to Certain Texts in the Revised Version of the Old and New Testaments Bearing upon the Principles of Unitarian Christianity
Henry Ierson

1887
188 pages
$20.00

Originally published by the British and Foreign Unitarian Association, this book was written after the publication of the Revised Version (1885) to show how the corrections to the Authorized Version found in the Revised Version are in line with the principles of Unitarianism. Although written by a Unitarian, and written in favor of the Revised Version, this book is actually an indictment of modern versions of the Bible since they for the most part follow the readings of the Revised Version.

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Classic Reprints No. 49
The Matthew and Taverner Bibles
By Harold Hutson and Harold R. Willoughby

1938, 1939
31 pages
$10.00

Two articles on the early English Bibles of Thomas Matthew (1537) and Richard Taverner (1539).

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Classic Reprints No. 50
The Coverdale Psalter and the Quatrocentenary of the Printed English Bible
By Harold Willoughby

1935
38 pages
$10.00

Written on the occasion of the four hundredth anniversary of the first translation of the whole Bible into English, this is a detailed study of the Coverdale Bible and Coverdale Psalter, which survives today in the Book of Common Prayer.

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Classic Reprints No. 51
A Complete History of the Several Translations of the Holy Bible and New Testament into English, Both in Ms. and in Print: and of the Most Remarkable Editions of Them Since the Invention of Printing
By John Lewis

Third Edition
1818
416 pages
$50.00

First published in 1731 and referenced by all later historians of the English Bible, this is a reprint of the first major attempt of an exhaustive history of the English Bible. To this third edition was added a list of various editions of the Bible, and parts thereof, in English from 1526 to 1800.

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Classic Reprints No. 52
English Versions of the Bible: A Hand-Book
By J. I. Mombert
New and Enlarged Edition
1906
562 pages
$55.00

A reprint of the author's final edition of one of the most detailed and comprehensive histories of the English Bible ever written.

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Classic Reprints No. 53
The Works of Francis Fry on the Tyndale, Coverdale, Great, Bishop's, and King James Bibles, With a Brief Memoir of the Author by His Son
By Francis Fry
Four Books in One
1865-1887
568 pages
$100.00

The works of the English Bible collector and historian Francis Fry (1803-1886) on the above mentioned English Bibles are considered to be the most meticulous studies ever made. Extremely rare, and never published in America, they are here brought together and prefaced by a brief memoir of the author by his son.

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Classic Reprints No. 64
The Popular History of the Translation of the Holy Scriptures into the English Tongue
By Thomas J. Conant

Revised Edition
1881
295 pages
$35.00

Originally written by Mrs. Hannah Conant in 1856, this revised edition was authored by her husband, Thomas J. Conant (1802-1891), one of the premier Baptist scholars of the nineteenth century. Dr. Conant was active in the Bible revision efforts of the American Bible Union. The unique contribution of this work to English Bible history is that it gives the subject a Baptist perspective not commonly found in works of this nature.

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Classic Reprints No. 72
The Bibles of England: A Plain Account for Plain People of the Principal Versions of the Bible in English
By Andrew Edgar

1889
414 pages
$45.00

An account of the history of the principal versions of the English Bible that focuses on the "differentiations of successive versions, and the literary peculiarities that in each translation may be supposed most readily to attract the notice of common English readers."

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Classic Reprints No. 73
The Annals of the English Bible
By Christopher Anderson
New and Revised Edition
1862
746 pages
$75.00

A reprint of the author's final edition of one of the most detailed and comprehensive histories of the English Bible ever written.

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Classic Reprints No. 74
Our Own English Bible
By W. J. Heaton
Three Volumes in One
1913, 1914
986 pages
$100.00

Includes the third edition of Our Own English Bible: Its Translators and Their Work, The Manuscript Period, the third edition of The Bible of the Reformation, and The Puritan Bible, and Other Contemporaneous Protestant Versions. All volumes contain numerous illustrations, plates, and facsimiles.

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Classic Reprints No. 75
Our English Bible: Its Translations and Translators
By John Stoughton
c. 1881
317 pages
$40.00

This history of the English Bible is the fruit of the author's forty years of research on the subject.

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Classic Reprints No. 81
The English Bible
By John Eadie
Two Volumes in One
1876
975 pages
$100.00

A reprint of the largest history of the English Bible ever written.

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Classic Reprints No. 99
An Historical Account of the Several English Translations of the Bible
By Anthony Johnson
1730
110 pages
$15.00

A reprint of one of the oldest extant histories of the English Bible. Because he could not find "any perfect Account of Translations of the Bible into our own National Language," the author "purposed to collect" what he "had observed to lie scattered up and down in our Historians, and other Writers relating thereunto."

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Classic Reprints No. 105
The Significance of the Lollard Bible
By Margaret Deanesly
1507
23 pages
$10.00

This is the Ethel M. Wood lecture on the Wycliffe Bible delivered before the University of London by the Emeritus Professor of History at that university. Deanesly is acknowledged to be a noted scholar of the Wycliffe Bible.

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Classic Reprints No. 111
A Plain Account of the English Bible
By John Henry Blunt
1870
125 pages
$15.00


This brief history of the English Bible, "from the earliest times of its translation to the present day," is one of the few accounts of this nature written before the advent of the Revised Version. The author closes with a chapter on "Recent Movements for the Revision of the English Bible" in which he states that results of the newly formed revision committee "will have to pass through a severe fire of criticism before it takes its place as a new Authorized Version."

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Classic Reprints No. 112
Our English Bible
The White Lectures
1938
95 pages
$10.00


These six lectures on the English Bible were delivered y various contributors at St. Paul's Cathedral in London "in view of the commemoration of the Fourth Centenary of the setting up of the Bible in the English language in our parish Churches." The lectures are prefaced with a Foreword by the Archdeacon of London, who calls the English Bible "the greatest gift of the Reformation to us."

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Classic Reprints No. 113
The English Bible
By George P. Marsh
1860
27 pages
$10.00


This essay on the English Bible is taken from the author's Lectures on the English Language.

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Classic Reprints No. 115
Three Hundred Years of Printing the Bible 1629-1929
1929
31 pages
$10.00


Issued by Cambridge University Press in 1929 to commemorate the tercentenary of the printing of the Authorized Version at at Cambridge, this is a brief but official account of the printing of the Authorized Version by Cambridge University Press. Includes a likeness of the title page of the first Cambridge edition of the Authorized Version. To this has been added the related 1936 article "Three Centuries of the English Bible."

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Classic Reprints No. 142
An Essay upon the Influence of the Translation of the Bible upon English Literature
By Lord Kerry

1830
84 pages

$10.00

This essay obtained the annual prize at Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1830.

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Classic Reprints No. 143
An Historical View of the English Biblical Translations: The Expediency of Revising by Authority Our Present Translation: and the Means of Executing Such a Revision
By William Newcome

1792
470 pages

$50.00


A reprint of the very rare and one of the few eighteenth-century histories of the English Bible by William Newcome, the Bishop of Waterford and member of the Royal Irish Academy.

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Classic Reprints No. 144
The Revision of the English Version of the New Testament
By J. B. Lightfoot, Richard Chenevix Trench, and C. J. Ellicott, with an Introduction by Philip Schaff

1873
624 pages

$60.00

This is a reprint of a compilation of three important works on English Bible revision undertaken by Philip Schaff in 1873. Professor Lightfoot's On a Fresh Revision of the English New Testament, 2nd ed. (1871), Archbishop Trench's On the Authorized Version of the New Testament in Connection with Some Recent Proposals for Its Revision (1859), and Bishop Ellicott's Considerations on the Revision of the English Version of the New Testament (1870). This work is being reprinted for its historical value rather than in defense of its opinions.

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Classic Reprints No. 145
The History of the English Bible: Extending from the Earliest Saxon Translations to the Present Anglo-American Revision; with Special Reference to the Protestant Religion and the English Language
By Blackford Condit

1882
469 pages

$50.00

Includes detailed chapters on the Tyndale New Testament, the Coverdale Bible, the Matthew Bible, the Great Bible, the Geneva Bible, the Bishops' Bible, the Douay Rheims Bible, and the Authorized Version. The author states that the book had its origin in the desire to trace the influence of the Bible upon the English language.

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Classic Reprints No. 146
The Annals of the English Bible
By Christopher Anderson
Two Volumes in One
1845
1376 pages

$120.00

A reprint of the author's first edition of the largest and one of the most detailed and comprehensive histories of the English Bible ever written. Includes a lengthy preface and introduction, a very detailed table of contents and index, and a list of various editions of the New Testament and the Bible in English.

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Classic Reprints No. 147
History of the English Bible
By
Henry P. Cameron
1885
1
92
pages
$20.00

A popular history of the English Bible related "as concisely as possible." The largest chapters are on the Authorized Version and the then-newly published Revised Version.

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Classic Reprints No. 148
Editions of the Bible and Parts Thereof in English, from the Year MDV. To MDCCL.
By
Henry Cotton
Second Edition, Corrected and Enlarged
185
2
452
pages
$
45.00

A reprint of the most important work on the history of the various editions of the English Bible until the publication of Darlow and Moule's Historical Catalogue in 1903. The author's "object in the present compilation has been, to provide an Appendix to the works of Lewis and subsequent writers on the same subject: by enumerating all the editions, either of the whole Bible or of any detached portions of it, which can now be ascertained, and specifying the public libraries or private collections, in which copies of them may be seen." Includes a lengthy appendix containing specimens of translations and bibliographical descriptions
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Classic Reprints No. 149
English Bible
Versions
By Henry Barker

1911
3
83
pages
$
40.00

Originally written as a series of articles for the Church Eclectic in 1905-1906, this popular history of English Bible versions "with special reference to the Vulgate, the
Douay Bible, and the Authorized and Revised Versions," was first published in 1907. It was then reissued in 1911 as a Tercentenary Memorial of the King James Version by the New York Bible and Common Prayer Book Society. Includes a valuable chapter on the Apocrypha.

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Classic Reprints No. 150
The
History of the English Bible
By John Brown

1911
1
65
pages
$1
5.00

Part of the Cambridge Manuals of Science and Literature series, this book was written on the occasion of the tercentenary of the Authorized Version. The history of the English Bible is "the brief repetition of a story beginning in 670 A.D. and reaching on for twelve hundred years to 1870. Includes ten plates reproducing the title pages of various Bibles.

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Classic Reprints No. 151
The English Bible
: A Sketch of Its History
By
George Milligan
1895
1
47
pages
$1
5.00

A popular history of the English Bible. The author has attempted "to tell the story of our own English version, and to indicate the many ages and workers that have had a share in perfecting it as a translation of the sacred text." Contains two chapters on the Authorized Version.

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Classic Reprints No. 152
Rhemes and Doway: An Attempt to Shew What Has Been Done by Roman Catholics for the Diffusion of the Holy Scriptures in English
By
Henry Cotton
1855
424
pages
$
45.00

A reprint of the definitive work on the origin and editions of the Roman Catholic Douay-Rheims Bible. The author's "chief object has been, to ascertain facts;—to supply correct information;—to collect and arrange materials, from which my readers may be enabled to draw their own conclusions, and to pursue the subject, if they choose, to the full extent which its importance may be thought to justify." Cotton sought to "collect material for future use: to lay down a foundation, upon which others may build with safety." Chapters include a chronological list of editions, historical notices, classification of editions, imperfect and unpublished versions, and ecclesiastical approbations, specimens of translation, and collation and description of editions. The book is enhanced by nine appendixes that include the prefaces to various Catholic Bibles.

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Classic Reprints No. 153
The
Printed English Bible 1525-1885
By
Richard Lovett
1909
1
91
pages
$20.00

First published in 1894, the "object of this primer is to set forth briefly the chief facts in the history of the Printed English Bible, so far as they are known at present, and to describe the principal editions." The author believes that a great deal "of what passes for history in current works is partly or wholly fabulous." Three chapters in the book are devoted to the work of William Tindale. Included are portraits of Tindale, Coverdale, and Cromwell, as well as facsimiles of the title pages of various Bibles.

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Classic Reprints No. 156
Changes in the English Language, between the Publication of Wiclif's Bible and that of the Authorised Version 
By H. T. W. Wood
1870
76 pages
$10.00


The author views the Bibles of Wycliffe and the Authorized Version as standards of English at their respective dates. He first examines English before Chaucer, then the period from Chaucer to Caxton, and then from Caxton to the Authorized Version. The whole is supplemented by appendixes on English literature 1300-1611, early English Bibles, and the inflectional changes in the verb.

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Classic Reprints No. 157
Memoir of the Life and Writings of William Tyndale
By George Offor

1836
102 pages
$15.00

This is the introduction to The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ: Published in 1526. Being the First Translation from the Greek into English, by that Eminent Scholar and Martyr, William Tyndale. Since editions of Tyndale's 1526 and 1534 revised New Testaments are readily available today, just the author's introduction is being reprinted. Includes an image of Tyndale, a memoir of Tyndale, a list of books "either ascribed to Tyndale, or published with his name," and "select collations of the first and second editions of Tyndale's New Testament."

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Classic Reprints No. 158
Tyndale's First New Testament 
By
Alfred W. Pollard and Edward Arber

1926, 1871
179 pages
$1
5.00

The printing in Cologne, Germany, in 1525 of William Tyndale's first English New Testament was interrupted at Matthew 22:12. This "Cologne fragment" was discovered in 1834. It lacks a title page, but contains the prologue and table of contents. The writer and editor Edward Arber (1836–1912) published the whole in 1871, "photo-lithographed from the unique fragment," with a lengthy introduction. The reprint of this work is prefaced by the introduction by Alfred W. Pollard (1859–1944) to the facsimile of the same fragment that he published in 1926. Pollard's introduction includes Matthew chapter 5 in Tyndale's 1535 edition compared with the Authorized Version and four other early English versions.

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Classic Reprints No. 159
John De Wycliffe 
By Robert Vaughan
1880
609 pages
$60.00

A reprint of one of the oldest and largest biographies of John Wycliffe (1330-1384), the "Morning Star of the Reformation." Includes eight engravings.

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Classic Reprints No. 164
A Short History of the English Bible, with Brief Notices of the Translators
By J. M. Freeman
New and Revised Edition
1891
84 pages

$10.00

The author states that the design of his work "is to give, in condensed form, the prominent facts relating to this subject, seeking to point the way to more elaborate works rather than to supersede them."

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Classic Reprints No. 165
Our English Bible
By The Religious Tract Society

1848
192 pages
$20.00

The unnamed author states in his preface that "this little Volume supplies a succinct account of English translations and translators, derived from original authorities." And although he acknowledges that he also wrote the introduction to "Bagster's Hexapla" on the history of the English Bible, this is "a perfectly distinct and independent work, and contains the result of the Author's latest researches."

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Classic Reprints No. 166
Notes on the History and Text of Our Early English Bible, and of Its Translation into Welsh 
By George Leader Owen

1901
80 pages

$10.00

A brief work, but valuable for its thirteen pages on the history of the translation of the Bible into Welsh.

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Classic Reprints No. 167
The History of the English Bible 
By T. Harwood Pattison

1894
297 pages

$35.00

The unique contribution of this work to English Bible history is that it gives the subject a Baptist perspective not commonly found in works of this nature. In addition to giving the history of the early English Bibles, the author also has chapters on "The Bible in English Literature," "The Bible and the Nation," and "The Bible and Spiritual Life." 

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