« AnteriorContinuar »
The present edition has been reprinted from a copy of the first issue, lent by the Trustees of the Bunyan Church at Bedford, and the proofs read with a second copy of the same issue, in the library of the British Museum. For convenience of reading, as in other issues of this series of CAMBRIDGE English Classics, the old type forms of j, s, u, etc. have been made uniform with those in general modern use; but neither the spelling (including the use of capitals and italics) nor the punctuation has been altered, save as specified. Effect has been given to the errata noted by Bunyan himself, and printed on page 15 of this issue.
The text of this edition of Bunyan's Holy War is a careful reproduction of the First Edition of 1682. It is not certain that there was any further authentic reprint in Bunyan's life-time. For though both in the Bodleian and the British Museum there is a copy purporting to be a second edition, and bearing date 1684, it is difficult to resist the impression that they are pirated copies, similar to those of which Nathaniel Ponder complained so bitterly in the case of The Pilgrim's Progress
. For both paper and typography are greatly inferior to those of the first edition; some of Bunyan's most characteristic marginalia are carelessly omitted ; Bunyan's own title— The Holy War made by Shaddai upon Diabolus for the regaining of the Metropolis of the World'—is altered to the feebler and more commonplace form— The Holy War made by Christ upon the Devil for the Regaining of Man’; and, further, when a new edition was issued in 1996, the alterations and omissions of 1684 were ignored, and a simple reprint made of the first edition of 1682.
9 October, 1905.
By JOHN BUNY AN, the Author of the Pilgrims Progress.
Printed by 7. A. for Nath. Ponder at the Peacock in the Poultrey, neer
the Church. 1680.
R E A D E R.
cerning the Progress of the Pilgrim from this World to Glory; and how it had been acceptable to many in this Nation : It came again into my mind to write, as then, of him that was going to Heaven, so now, of the Life and Death of the Ungodly, and of their travel from this world to Hell. The which in this I have done, and have put it, as thou seest, under the Name and Title of Mr. Badman, a Name very proper for such a Subject : I have also put it into the form of a Dialogue, that I might with more ease to my self, and pleasure to the Reader, perform the work.
And although, as 1. said, I have put it forth in this method, yet have I as little as may be, gone out of the road of mine own observation of things. Yea, I think I may truly say, that to the best of my remembrance, all the things that here I discourse of, I mean as to matter of fact, have been acted upon the stage of this World, even many times before mine eyes.
Here therefore, courteous Reader, I present thee with the Life and Death of Mr. Badman indeed: rea, I do trace him in his Life, from his childhood to his Death; that thou mayest, as in a Glass, behold with thine own eyes, the steps that take hold of