It has been 377 years since the first printing of Richard Sibbes’ The Bruised Reed. If you listened to my interview with Dever, he mentions that his book has virtually been in print since its publication–a feat that very few books have accomplished. I thought I’d post a little of the chronology of the book (retrieved from Dever’s bibliography).

1630 – 1st edition
1631 – 2nd edition, enlarged
1631 – 3rd edition
1632 – 4th edition
1635 – 5th edition
1638 – 6th edition
1646 – Dutch translation edition
1649 – Dutch translation, 2nd edition
1650 – Dutch translation, 3rd edition
1657 – Dutch translation, 4th edition
1658 – 7th edition
1659 – Dutch translation, 5th edition
1794 – 8th edition, Bath
1808 – 9th edition
1818 – 10th edition
1821 – 11th edition
1822 – 12th edition,
1824 – 13th edition, L.B. Seeley & Son
1828 – 14th edition, Pickering
1838 – 15th edition, Pickering (collection with A Fountain Sealed and A Description of Christ)
1878 – 16th edition, Edinburgh
1973 – 17th edition, Banner of Truth (Works)
1998 – 18th edition, Banner of Truth (paperback)

I wonder if there were any Puritan reading parties back in the 17th and 19th centuries?  Have you thought about the kind of conversations believers will have in heaven?

Just a thought.  🙂