Free E-Book[s] Friday: from Hercules Collins’ Reading List

Andrew Suttles supplies us with an impressive roundup:

Given the recent re-publication of Hercules Collins‘ [podcastOrthodox Catechism [podcast], there is some renewed interest in his writings and works. In this light, our friends at Particular Voices have published a small snippet from “The Temple Repaired” which contains Collins’ recommended reading list for “those inclined to the ministry:


I’ve collected below links to locations where these works can be found today:

(This is part 1 of 2…)

  1. Poole’s Annotations on the Holy Bible: Volume 1Volume 2
  2. The Dutch Annotations on the Holy Bible
  3. Joseph Caryl Commentary on Job
  4. The Works of William Perkins (HERE or HERE)
  5. Francis Roberts’ Clavis Bibliorum: The key of the Bible
  6. Edward Leigh’s A System or Body of Divinity (10 Volumes!!)
  7. Wilson’s Dictionary
  8. Works of Jeremiah Burroughs
  9. The Works of Richard Sibbes
  10. The Works of Edward Reynolds
  11. The Works of John Preston
  12. Foxe’s Book of Martyrs
  13. William Ames Marrow of Sacred Divinity
  14. Alexander Grosse’s A Fiery Pillar of Heavenly Truth
  15. John Owen’s A Brief Declaration and Vindication of The Doctrine of the Trinity
  16. Bates’ Harmony of the Divine Attributes (SGCB)
  17. Elisha Coles’ Practical Discourse on God’s Sovereignty
  18. Commentaries of James Durham
  19. David Dickson’s Brief Explication of the Psalms
  20. Dickson’s Commentary on Matthew
  21. Hutcheson’s Exposition of the XII Small Prophets
  22. Hutcheson’s Exposition of John
  23. Calvin’s Institutes
  24. Ursinus’ Catechisms
  25. Works of Anthony Burgess (more works HERE)
  26. Ainsworth’s Annotations on Pentateuch and Psalms


I’ve collected below links to locations where these works can be found today:

(This is part 2 of 2…)

  1. Erasmus Greek and Latin New Testament (Images HERE)
  2. John Tombes’ Works (and baptism catechism)
  3. Andrew Willet – Many commentaries and Synopsis papismi, or, a General view of the papacy (only volume 5 available)
  4. Ussher’s Body of Divinity ($10 at SGCB)
  5. Samuel Newman’s Large and Complete Concordance
  6. Francis Roberts‘ Mysterium & Medulla Bibliorum: The Mysterie and Marrow of the Bible, Viz. God’s Covenants with Man
  7. DuVeil’s Literal Explanation of the Acts
  8. Samuel Clark’s A Mirrour or Looking-glass both for Saints and Sinners, held forth in some thousands of examples
  9. Plutarch’s Morals
  10. Seneca’s Morals
  11. Pliny the Elder’s Natural History
  12. Eusebius’ Ecclesiastical History
  13. The Works of Josephus
  14. Peter Heylyn’s Cosmographie
  15. Robert Boyle’s Considerations Touching the Style of the Holy Scriptures
  16. Thomas Blunderville’s The Art of Logic
  17. Adam Smith’s Rhetoric
  18. Elisha Coles’ Latin Dictionary

Well, there’s the list…


I found at least author’s names and full titles to each work. Some authors were just too prolific to list each work here. Many of these, although not all, are presently available for free. With these links, you have at your fingertips a theological library that would be the envy of almost every 17th Century Puritan pastor.


Please feel free to send me your updates and I will continue to update the list.


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