Marking in Your Books


Charles Spurgeon like to make notes and comments in the works he read, here are just a few comments from the CD-ROM:

In Martin Luther’s Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians, is written — “This volume is one of my earliest friends; — needs no letter of commendation. — C. H. SPURGEON, 1852.”

The following remarkable commendation is inserted on the fly-leaf of the first volume of A Complete History and Mystery of the Old and New Testament, logically discussed and theologically improved, by Christopher Ness — “Reader, — Here is something worth all thy time, though thou read it all day long. Give eyes and heart a feast here. Here is goodly word-painting and rich heart-breathing. — C. H. SPURGEON.” The third volume is marked “much valued;” and the fourth has this inscription — “I reckon these four volumes to be worth their weight in gold, They may contain some eccentric conceits, but these are as the dust upon a palace. I doubt not that Matthew Henry borrowed very extensively from Ness, and certainly showed his wisdom in so doing. If these volumes shall become the property of another, I charge him either to read them carefully and prayerfully, or else to give or lend them to some godly person who can appreciate them. Such a treasure should be out at interest. — C.H. SPURGEON, Nov., ‘58.”

In 1857. Mr. Spurgeon wrote in Matthew Pool’s Annotations — “Pool is a most excellent expositor.”

The same author’s volume on the Historical Books is described as “excellent, full of research, and rare learning.” Two volumes of Dr. Adam Clarke’s Commentary contain lengthy but not commendatory notes. In Vol., Mr. Spurgeon wrote, just below the portrait of the commentator — ”who discovered that an ape, and not a serpent, deceived Adam.” At the top of the title-page is this warning — ” Take heed, reader! This is dangerous ground for those who are not grounded and settled.” Vol. VI. has this inscription — “Adam Clarke is as immortal as his monkey, and other errors; see notes on Genesis., He is always to be read with caution, for his sentiments are, in my judgment, most unscriptural. — C. H. SPURGEON.” On the title-page, after the words, “A Commentary and Critical Notes,” there is added — “Adapted to blind the eye, and prevent ‘the truth in Jesus from shining’ upon the soul,” by Adam Clarke, — ” Arminian twister of the Word.”

Dr. Gill’s Exposition of Solomon’s Song contains Mr. Spurgeon’s autograph, and the following note — “This price, less work of my learned predecessor has always been helpful to me.”

In different volumes of John Trapp’s Annotations upon the Old and New Testaments, Mr. Spurgeon wrote — Prized for its quaintness; …. A great favorite; …. Trapp is ever my favorite, 1873.”

Among other brief but notable no

te’s are the following — Durham’s Christ Crucified — “Much prized.”

In Whitefield’s Sermonsis the autograph, with the inscription following — “C. H. Spurgeon, who admires Whitefield as chief of preachers.”

(Gill‘s Complete Body of Doctrine and Practical Divinity) In Vol. V1. — “Many sneer at Gill, but he is not to be dispensed with. In some respects, he has no superior. He is always well worth consulting. C. H.S. 1886.”


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