I am anxiously awaiting the release of vol. 10 of the Bicentennial Edition of the Works of John Wesley. The title of vol 10 is The Methodist Societies: The Minutes of Conference and will contain, as the title helpfully implies, the minutes from the various conferences in early Methodism. I am particularly interested in getting a copy of this book in my hands because there are several passages from various minutes I would like to cite from the critical edition in my dissertation. This volume is edited by Henry D. Rack, who is best known for his biography of John Wesley, which is seen by many as the standard biography of John Wesley.
The Bicentennial Edition is the scholarly edition of John Wesley’s works, as distinguished from the Jackson edition, which is much cheaper, but is not comprehensive and contains no footnotes or annotations. The Bicentennial Edition is fairly expensive (although about a year ago, Cokesbury was selling the previously published volumes for $15 each) but it is, in my view, a worth while expense for the library of any pastor in the Wesleyan family. The Bicentennial Edition has published all of the volumes of Wesley’s sermons and all of the volumes of Wesley’s Journals and diaries.
Are you as excited as I am?
John Meunier said:
How are the bindings on these editions?
My Jacksons are really well bound – if cheap – hard backs that have stood up well to my heavy use of them. The pages are sturdy and allow me to underline and write notes without bleeding through.
In other words, in addition to the cost issues, I’m wondering how well these newer editions stand up to repeated use.
Andrew C. Thompson said:
@ Kevin: Yes. Yes, I am as excited as you are. Like a kid getting a brand new Radio Flyer wagon on Christmas morning. We may be a small crowd, though.
@ John: The Bicentennial Edition has got a nice binding. It is as well done as any books are in this day & age.
Steve Rankin said:
Yes, I’m excited!
Kevin Watson said:
John – I think the bindings are good on the BE. I don’t know the technical terms to describe book condition… but the volume I use the most has some separation of the cardboard that is glued to the spine (inside the outer hard spine… does this make any sense?) however, this has not caused any actually cracking of the binding or separation of the pages. So, the volume that I have referenced repeatedly in my dissertation is holding up quite well.
And for what it’s worth, I would actually advocate having both editions, because the BE has not been completed… so there are things in the Jackson edition that are not in the BE yet. And there are things that have been published in the BE that were not published in the Jackson edition (especially letters in vols 25 and 26).
Andrew – If I had to name one person I would say would be as giddy as I am… it would have been you. So, I am glad to know there are at least two of us!
I’d have been excited back in the days before I figured out my books have to itinerate, too 😉
Kevin Watson said:
Brett – As we prepare for a move to Seattle… I can relate! It is amazing how heavy books are.