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REGIUS PROFESSOR OF DIVINITY AND CANON OF CHRIST CHURCH.
AT THE UNIVERSITY PRESS.
PREFACE OF THE EDITOR.'
HE first edition of the Exposition of the Creed was
printed at London in 1659, in a small quarto volume. The second, third, and fourth editions, were printed respectively in 1662, 1669, and 1676, in folio. I have seen notice of another edition published in 1678, but am uncertain whether it was a new edition, or merely the fourth edition with a new titlepage. I have seen a copy of an edition published in 1683, in folio, which is called the fifth; and it is certainly a different edition from the fourth of 1676. Notice may also be found of editions printed in 1684 and 1689: but they were probably copies of the fifth edition with new titlepages; for another of 1692 is called the sixth edition. The dates of the five first editions may therefore be stated as follows: First edition
1683. It is important that this point should be settled, because Bishop Pearson died in 1686, and the last edition which was published in his lifetime must therefore be considered the standard, as having received the latest corrections of the author : and whoever will compare the first edition of 1659 with any of the four subsequent editions, will find