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It would indeed be discreditable to an age, in which the works of so many Authors have been reprinted in a form combining both economy and convenience, if those of the great ornaments of our Church should be withheld from an extended circulation. It is proposed therefore to publish a Series on the following plan:
Each work will be preceded by a Biographical Memoir of its Author, comprising a general account of the times in which he lived, with a particular reference to the state of religious opinions.
An Argument or concise Summary of Contents will be prefixed to every Sermon, Tract, or Disquisition, contained in each Volume; so that not only direct access may be had to any portion required for perusal or consultation, but the Summary of each Sermon may be considered as a Skeleton well calculated to assist the young Divine in Composition.
Notes and observations will be added wherever they may appear necessary or useful; and at the end of each Author will be given an Index of those Scriptural passages which have been commented on in such Author.
Strict chronological order will not be observed in the Series; but those Authors will be first published, which may be considered as more immediately required.
The works of Bishop SHERLOCK, a complete edition of which has not hitherto appeared, and Dr. BARROW, will be first submitted to the Press; afterwards will follow the most popular works of Hall, Atterbury, Jewell, Seed, Jortin, South, Hurd, Bull, Beveridge, Balguy, S. Clarke, Ogden, Paley, Waterland, Jer. Taylor, &c.
A Volume will appear on the first of every month, in small 8vo., containing on an average 500 pages neatly printed, price 7s. 6d. and may be had of all Booksellers in Town and Country, with the Magazines and Reviews.
It is not expected that the whole Series will exceed FIFTY VOLUMES; but any Author may be had separately.
THE DIVINES OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND.'
'An excellent work. The Life of Bishop Sherlock is written in a liberal and manly spirit, which does credit to the writer, and to the Prelate to whom it is dedicated.'-Times, June 8.
'It is an extraordinary fact, but not more extraordinary than true, that there is actually no collection of the works of our most celebrated Divines in existence; and that greatly as many of them adorned their profession by solid learning and sound piety, it is really a matter of difficulty to procure a complete edition of any of their works. A stronger fact than this could not well be adduced to prove the necessity and utility of such a publication as the present. The editorial department has been intrusted to the Rev. T. S. Hughes, of Emmanuel College; and from the specimen which he has given us in the present volume, of his qualifications for the task, we have no doubt that he will discharge it with credit. The work is one which ought not only to find its way into the library of every Clergyman, but of every private family; and, indeed, when we consider the nature of it, we are only astonished that it should not long ago have found its way into both, from the shops of some of our most enterprising bibliopolists. No works are more esteemed or more consulted by theological students and readers than those proposed to be included in this collection, and none assuredly deserve more to be so used.'-Morning Advertiser, June 4.
This is the first volume of a series intended to supply an important desideratum in the libraries of Churchmen, by whom a collection of the best English Divines has long been wanting.'-Courier, June 10.
This work bids fair to become one of the most popular, as it is decidedly one of the most valuable productions of the present day. It commences with the Discourses of Bishop Sherlock, one of the most eminent and enlightened writers that ever lent dignity to the episcopal mitre. No Divine, no Student, nay, no Gentleman, should be without it. No work is at present more needed, or more likely to secure at once the extensive circulation that it deserves.'Sun, June 10.
This monthly series will no doubt realise the intentions of its highly-talented Editor. The work must be generally interesting to all who in any way connect their pursuits with theological learning, but more particularly to the Clergy. We are glad that Mr. Hughes has given so much original matter in his work, and we shall be much mistaken if the Summaries themselves do not
form a sufficient attraction to the series; for it must greatly abridge the labors of the reader, as well as the Student, to find so direct an access to any portion of each Discourse, Sermon, &c. The Biographical Memoir of Bishop Sherlock given in No. I. is a complete record of some of the most interesting polemical events of his day, and is written with great ease and perspicuity. Its convenient size, excellent print, and low price, are great recommendations to public favor.'-Sunday Times, June 6.
'Mr. Valpy has commenced a highly meritorious and desirable series of our English Divines, to be revised by the Rev. T. S. Hughes, whose previous labors have proved him well qualified for the task. The first volume is beautifully printed, at a very moderate price, and contains a Summary of each Discourse, admirably calculated to assist the Divine in the arduous task of composition for the pulpit.'-Observer, June 6.
'Mr. Valpy has commenced the publication of a work which cannot fail to become highly popular and useful in the religious world. The first number, a well-printed volume, at the low price of 7s. 6d., is now before us. We may, with perfect safety, afford to this work the most unqualified approbation. Indeed, the works of Mr. Valpy are almost invariably of a high character-they are distinguished by the most sterling classical qualities, and the utter absence of any thing like quackery or pretence.'-Weekly Dispatch, June 6.
'A work which should collect, embody, and bring before the public, in a library form, a complete edition of the most celebrated British Divines, has long been a desideratum in English literature. Mr. Valpy has commenced a work of this kind, the first volume of which has just appeared. The Editor, the Rev. T. S. Hughes, is well known for his attainments in all branches of literature; and his Life of Sherlock is a great accession to the history of English Divines.'-Bell's Weekly Messenger, June 6.
'Mr. Valpy has just brought out another work, for which the religious world, particularly the Theological Student,—will feel grateful to him. The first volume commences the works of Bishop Sherlock, a complete edition of which has not hitherto appeared, at a price which we consider to be exceedingly cheap. We cannot better do justice to the spirited publisher than by referring our readers to the Prospectus.'-Brighton Herald, June 5.
"This work, from the importance of its object, may challenge comparison with any of the literary productions of the day. It has commenced with the Sermons of Bishop Sherlock, and contains an ably written Memoir of that Prelate, with twenty-four of his productions, at the comparatively low price of 7s. 6d. ; and this, joined to the intrinsic merit of the work, will, we trust, insure the patronage which such an undertaking deserves.'-Liverpool Courier, June 9.