Classic Reprints, an imprint of Vance Publications, reprints old and rare books and journal articles that are considered profitable for scholarly research. Most of the works selected for reprint are from the nineteenth century, and have therefore been out of print for many years. All books and articles are digitally reproduced "as is"-- nothing has been altered or updated. The reader should note, however, that the quality of the finished copy ultimately depends on the quality of the original, which in some cases is a well-worn book or journal or a microfilm copy of the same. The opinions expressed by each individual author are not necessarily those of Vance Publications. All books are reproduced one original page per page (not two pages sideways) in a slightly enlarged 8.5 x 11 size. Books over 250 pages are bound with a hardcover binding and endsheets. Books under 250 pages are bound with a plastic comb binding. Either way, the title and author of the book appear on the spine.

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Classic Reprints No. 14
Religious Persecution in Virginia
By George E. Dabney

46 pages

Originally appearing in The Christian Review, this series of two articles by the nineteenth-century Baptist minister George Dabney is a concise history of the religious persecution of Baptists in Virginia in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

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Classic Reprints No. 20
Baptists and the Reformation
By Philip S. Moxom, et al.

160 pages

A compilation of articles by six nineteenth-century Baptist ministers on the history, theology, and personalities of the Reformation from a Baptist point of view. Includes articles on Thomas Munzer, Henry III, Zwingli, and Balthazar Hubmeyer, as well as articles on Protestant theology in general and Luther's theology in particular.

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Classic Reprints No. 21
A Study of the Inquisition
By J. C. Fernald

25 pages

Reprinted from The Baptist Review, this article by the Baptist minister J. C. Fernald is a brief study of the origin, practices, and demise of the Inquisition.

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Classic Reprints No. 24
The Rise of the Use of Pouring and Sprinkling for Baptism
By Norman Fox

33 pages

Reprinted from The Baptist Review, this article by the nineteenth-century Baptist minister Norman Fox is a study of when, why, and how pouring and sprinkling for baptism came to be used instead of immersion.

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Classic Reprints No. 25
Luther as a Bible Translator
By Edward Rhiem and L. Franklin Gruber

1884, 1923
44 pages

Two articles on Luther and his Bible. The first is an analysis of Luther as a Bible translator and the effect of his Bible on the German language. It is translated from the German, and originally appeared in The Baptist Quarterly Review. The second is a quadricentennial study of Luther's New Testament reprinted from Bibliotheca Sacra.

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Classic Reprints No. 27
Ignatius Loyola and the Jesuits
By J. R. Henderson, et al.

1841, 1843, 1884
92 pages

A compilation of articles by three nineteenth-century Baptist ministers on the history, principles, and policies of the Roman Catholic order of the Jesuits, and their founder, Ignatius Loyola.

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Classic Reprints No. 37
Struggles and Triumphs of Religious Liberty: An Historical Survey of Controversies Pertaining to the Rights of Conscience, From the English Reformation to the Settlement of New England
By Edward B. Underhill
248 pages

An exhaustive historical account of the development of religious liberty in England and the role of the Baptists, Puritans, Brownists, and Independents. The author concludes that the Baptists stood alone among their contemporaries for liberal and enlightened views of religious liberty.

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Classic Reprints No. 39
Mohammed and Mohammedism
By Enoch Pond, et al.

1840, 1877
40 pages

Two articles on the founder, history, and doctrines of Mohammedism by two nineteenth-century Baptist ministers.

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Classic Reprints No. 42
Religious Persecution in New England
By L. E. Smith

187 pages

A compilation of articles by seven nineteenth-century Baptist ministers on religious persecution in New England during the colonial period from a Baptist point of view. Includes articles on ecclesiastical legislation, the Pilgrims and the Puritans, Roger Williams and John Clarke, and the influence of the Baptists on religious liberty..

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Classic Reprints No. 43
The Bogomils of Bulgaria and Bosnia; or The Early Protestants of the East
By L. P. Brockett

143 pages

An exhaustive history of the churches of Bulgaria, Bosnia, Herzegovina, and Armenia before the Reformation who gave allegiance to neither Constantinople nor Rome. The author concludes that these churches were true successors in all matters of faith and practice of the churches founded by the apostles, and shows their relationship to Baptists.

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Classic Reprints No. 54
The Burning of the Bibles: Defence of the Protestant Version of the Scriptures Against the Attacks of Popish Apologist
By John Dowling

141 pages

This book was occasioned by the burning, in 1842, in Champlain, NY, of copies of the Authorized Version of the Bible by Roman Catholics. In this work Baptist minister John Dowling defends the Authorized Version against its Roman Catholic critics while pointing out the errors of the Roman Catholic Bible and the Catholic attitude toward the Bible in general.

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Classic Reprints No. 58
The Origin, Persecutions, and Doctrines of the Waldenses
By Pius Melia

154 pages

This book is a history of the ancient Waldenses in three parts: their origin, their persecutions, and their doctrines. It relies heavily on many original documents in addition to interacting with the standard works on the Waldenses.

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Classic Reprints No. 77
Middle East Diary 1917-1956
By Colonel Richard Meinertzhagen

387 pages

The Englishman Richard Meinertzhagen (1878-1967) was a staff officer in East Africa, Palestine, and France during World War I. After the war, he played an important part in the affairs of the Middle East, especially in relation to the Palestine Mandate. Middle East Diary recounts Meinertzhagen's long association with Palestine and Israel from 1917 to the Suez crisis of 1956. Based on extracts from the private diary which he kept, and on a number of letters and documents published for the first time in this book, this is a firsthand account of events and personalities from one who had a strong sympathy towards the Zionist movement. Includes a Chronological Table of Events of Importance for Israel.

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Classic Reprints No. 78
The Influence of the Bible on Civilization
By Ernst von Dobschutz

224 pages

A survey of the Bible's influence on civilization from the beginnings of Christianity to the late nineteenth century. Being a German, the author devotes considerable attention to the influence of the Bible on the pre- and post- Reformation German people. Illustrated with sixteen plates, including the first printed Bible and the first edition of Wycliffe's Bible.

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Classic Reprints No. 94
The Sum and Substance of the Conference at Hampton Court
By William Barlow
114 pages

The Hampton Court Conference, held in January of 1604, was the conference between the Puritans and King James and some Anglican clergymen in which the suggestion for a new translation of the Bible was made. The king sanctioned the idea, and the King James Bible was born. This "official" account of the conference was commissioned by Bishop Bancroft (1544-1610) of London a few weeks after the conference closed. It was written by William Barlow (d. 1613), who attended the conference in his capacity as the Dean of Chester, and was published in August of 1604 as The Summe and Substance of the Conference, which, it pleased his Excellent Maiestie to have with the Lords, Bishops, and other of his Clergie, (at which the most of the Lordes of the Councell were present) in his Maiesties Privy-Chamber, at Hampton Court. January 14, 1603. Barlow went on to become one of the translators of the new Bible.

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Classic Reprints No. 114
The State of England, Anno Dom. 1600
By Thomas Wilson
54 pages

This is a contemporary description of England in 1600 by Thomas Wilson (1560-1629). What makes it so important is that it was written just a few years before the death of Queen Elizabeth when the question of succession to the throne was on the mind of the public. Wilson discusses the twelve competitors for the throne of England, which eventually went to King James VI of Scotland in 1603.

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

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. 122
Baptists in the Building of the Nation
B. F. Riley
169 pages

Subtitled A Narrative of the Chief Contributions made by Baptists to the Erection of Our Democracy and to the Promotion of its Development, this is a unique work of Baptist history by Benjamin Franklin Riley (1849-1925), the author of numerous works on Baptist history. Includes the original introduction by J. B. Gambrell (1841-1921), the president of the Southern Baptist Convention at the time the book was written.

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Classic Reprints No. 125
Origin of the Civil War
Robert L. Dabney

21 pages

Robert L. Dabney (1829-1898) was a noted Southern Presbyterian theologian and seminary professor who served as a chaplain for the Confederate Army during the Civil War. This is a reprint of two of his articles on the origin of the Civil War.

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Classic Reprints No. 129
A Northern Defense of Secession and Rejection of the Civil War
By George Bassett

50 pages

Not all northerners rejected secession and supported the so-called Civil War. The fact that Lincoln jailed northern opponents of the war proves this is so. This is a reprint of two works written near the beginning of the Civil War by the northern Congregational minister George W. Bassett (1812-1880): A Northern Plea for the Right of Secession and A Discourse on the Wickedness and Folly of the Present War.

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Classic Reprints No. 130
John T. Flynn on Roosevelt and Pearl Harbor
John T. Flynn
1944, 1945
65 pages

Journalist, author, and popular economic and political commentator John T. Flynn (1882-1964) supported Roosevelt during the election of 1932 as a partisan Democrat and progressive. Twenty years later he was an Old Right supporter of Robert Taft and a defender of Joe McCarthy who foresaw the coming of the Cold War and the Vietnam War. In between Flynn became disillusioned with Roosevelt and harshly criticized the New Deal. He was the chairman of the New York chapter of the America First Committee and an outspoken anti-interventionist who was forsaken by liberals for his principled stance against U.S. intervention in World War II. But Flynn also rejected the Cold War conservatism of William F. Buckley and National Review. He considered militarism a "job-making boondoggle." World War II was a repetition of World War I, a fight between empires, and all about imperialism. Reprinted here are two pamphlets Flynn privately printed after they first appeared in the Chicago Daily Tribune: The Truth About Pearl Harbor and The Final Secret of Pearl Harbor. Both point out the duplicity and culpability of Roosevelt regarding the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Also included are images of eight World War II Pearl Harbor propaganda posters that bid Americans to "Avenge Pearl Harbor" or "Remember Pearl Harbor." This reprint edition includes a foreword by Laurence M. Vance, the editor of the Classic Reprints series and the director of the Francis Wayland Institute, and is prefaced by a likeness of Flynn.

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Classic Reprints No. 136
The Relation of Erasmus to the Reformation
By Charles A. Nash
1938, 1939
52 pages


Reprinted from Bibliotheca Sacra, this is a three-part article on the relation of the celebrated Dutch humanist Erasmus of Rotterdam (1466-1536) to the Reformation.

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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
76 pages

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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