Naphtali Press Special Editions

http://www.naphtali.com/titles/naphtali-press-special-editions/We will soon launch Naphtali Press Special Editions (NPSE). This endeavor will use crowd funding, hearkening back to the old days of subscription and even older days of patron supported publication for a unique and I think important series of books. The goal is up to 3 volumes a year depending on complexity and expense. Before launching a Kickstarter drive, we are looking to raise sponsorships for the series (sponsors get the year’s books and other perks and rewards based on levels of support). The projects that can be done in this series are only limited by the level of interest. There are of course old puritan works that have not seen new editions since the 17th century (think Naaman the Syrian, etc.), classic Scottish Presbyterian works that are now relatively unknown, and there are works in manuscript which have yet to be transcribed and published. And if interest is really there, there are works that remain locked up in Latin to this day. Over the years through Naphtali Press and The Confessional Presbyterian journal, I’ve garnered the experience to tackle these kind of projects or know the people who can certainly help me as needed.If the potential of this series excites you and you have the means, I would welcome your support, which starts at $199 a year for regular US sponsorship. If that is something to consider, see more information athttp://www.naphtali.com/titles/naphtali-press-special-editions/ . The first title for the 2019-20 series year will be vol. 1 of 3 of a new edition of James Durham’s Commentary on Revelation (collated with prior editions and a newly uncovered manuscript), which could go to press late in the year. If all goes well, this would be followed in short order by two titles in first quarter 2020: a new critical edition of perhaps the most famous work on church government (almost but not quite a work of the Westminster Assembly), the classic Jus Divinum Regiminis Ecclesiastici; and published for the first time from manuscript, David Dickson’s sermons on the book of Lamentations.

Posted by Chris Coldwell on Monday, July 29, 2019

Fans of Naphtali Press and The Confessional  Presbyterian journal,

Naphtali Press is in the process of launching a new series of books called Naphtali Press Special Editions. Before the official launch with the first title we am seeking series sponsors (renewed annually). The concept is to use crowdfunding, hearkening back to the old days of subscription and even older days of patron supported publishing (see more information below), to raise sponsorships and individual title sales. We are first appealing to our regular customers before launching the first crowd funding campaign. The potential is great to do large puritan works never reprinted (e.g. Naaman the Syrian type works), classic presbyterian titles and first time translation work, and transcriptions from manuscript never before in print. Series Sponsors help support the R&D work and help meet the minimum goals for publication for the titles undertaken for the series each year. The more sponsors the more ambitious this series can be. Sponsors are recognized in the series section prefacing each volume and receive that year’s titles, give input on title selection and other perks or rewards based on sponsorship level. The regular sponsorship level is $199 US and $299 International. The details on this series and direct payment links for different levels of sponsorship are below. Please consider becoming a sponsor for this new endeavor which I think has great potential to do some wonderful things (and a big thanks to those of you who have already sponsored!).

From Naphtali Press, a new series of Puritan, Presbyterian and Reformed books.

  • 2019-2020 series year titles planned are James Durham’s Commentary on Revelation, volume 1 on chapters one through three (of 3 vols. planned), compared with all prior editions and a new found manuscript of the original form of the lectures, Jus Divinum Regiminis Ecclesiastici, a critical edition, 30% more text than the 1995 Naphtali edition, and first time ever in print, David Dickson’s 1628 Sermons on Jeremiah’s Lamentations, transcribed and edited from a recently discovered manuscript.

Sponsorship levels (see higher levels and more information as well as full NPSE description after the summary of the regular levels). For any USA sponsoring level, please feel free to contact me to pay by check or ask further questions. Paypal should provide a box for more information if you want your sponsorship to read differently than the billing address etc. You may add a spouse, use The Family of, and add a church if you are a pastor. If you want to sign up but need to pay in a couple or several installments, particularly for higher levels, contact me.

$199. USA Only.
Regular Series Sponsor
 
$250. USA Only.
Regular Series Sponsor plus WLC
 
$400. USA Only.
 Limit 19. Series Sponsorship Plus SL&C Broadside.
 
$299. International.
Regular Series Sponsor
 




 
This is the workhorse level of support. Pledges at this level help make the series possible and help meet the threshold minimums necessary for titles to go to print each year. Rewards: Name* listed as Series Sponsor in Series Sponsor section in the front of the 2019-20 titles published; receives a copy of all 2019-20 titles that go to print; and receives Series Sponsor Book Plates with each of these. Renewals for the subsequent year will go out once the prior year titles have all gone to print and shipped (possibly as early as March or as late as June), at the regular sponsorship level to continue support and receive the next year’s titles in the series; there will be special sponsor offers to consider as was with this year.

 



All the rewards of the Regular Series Sponsorship. PLUS:

 Sponsors at this level receive a copy of The Westminster Larger Catechism Transcripts, regular edition. See Special Rewards descriptions below. Renewal each year will be offered at the regular sponsorship level to continue support and receive that year’s titles in the series, and there will be new special sponsor offers to consider.
 



All the rewards of the Regular Series Sponsorship. PLUS:
 Sponsors at this level receive a copy of the Solemn League & Covenant Broadside, regular unsigned edition. See Special Rewards descriptions. Renewal each Year will be offered at the regular sponsorship level to continue support and receive that year’s titles in the series, and there will be new special sponsor offers to consider.
 



The same as Regular Series Sponsor USA but to cover international shipping.

Naphtali Press Special Editions

For over thirty years Naphtali Press has published fine quality editions of Puritan, Presbyterian and Reformed literature.

It has become clear over that time that many works of that period never republished or still in manuscript to this day, do not have sufficient interest to justify the risk of time and funds to produce a text to publish in a reasonably large print run, merely hoping some day to at least justify and cover the expense. For this reason I have launched Naphtali Press Special Editions (NPSE). This series will be produced in a distinctive over sized 7″ x 10″ format. The volumes will be sewn bound hardbacks with matching end sheets and dust jacket, and distinctive book cloth binding.

The goal of NPSE is to use crowd funding as the functional equivalent of the old time subscription based publication and the even older patronage/sponsorship tradition, and to both crowd fund the entire series, as well as each volume. The plan is to offer up to three titles a year, the number varying due to complexity of that year’s projects. However, if enough commit to be annual NPSE series sponsors, we can move to more of a pre-publication model, or if still retaining the crowdfunding model, significantly reduce the threshold needed for each title to “fund.”[1] Depending on interest per title the price may ultimately vary, but with enough interest, the hope is to keep the per volume price below $50 (USA). The goal is not to have much excess inventory, and to publish enough to meet the demand for a title. However, everything is fundable if the desire and sponsorship is there to give a title wider distribution.

All series sponsors will be recognized in a series sponsor section at the front of each volume after the series short title page, and receive copies of the titles produced for the duration of their sponsorship. Thus the volumes do not just become part of the sponsors’ personal libraries, but the sponsors themselves become part of the books’ history, which become part of each sponsor’s family history.[2]

As noted in the video linked at the top of this email (with a debt of gratitude to Matthew Vogan and Al Smith for producing), the inaugural volume will be the first of a projected three 450 to 500 page volumes of a new edition of James Durham’s classic puritan Commentary upon the Book of the Revelation. The text has been revised and collated against all prior editions and also against a newly discovered manuscript text covering the first half of the lectures. Unique text not appearing in prior printed editions will be given in appendices, including some full lectures that differ from that published. I expect to launch a Kickstarter drive for the first title soon, and the others soon thereafter, and if successful, these should start going to print late in the year and all be in print within first quarter of 2020. The other two titles also only require final work to complete. These titles are a new critical edition of Jus Divinum Regiminis Ecclesiastici, or the divine right of church government. This was almost but not quite an official work of the Westminster Assembly, defending biblical church government against an attack by the Erastian parliament which had summoned its aid and advice. The text is ~400pp with 30 percent restored/corrected text over that in the 1995 NP edition. The last of the three titles planned for 2019–20 will be a first edition of David Dickson’s 1628 Sermons on Jeremiah’s Lamentations, transcribed and edited from a recently uncovered manuscript (~304pp). As already noted, the greater sponsor support raised ensures all titles get to print either reducing the reliance on crowd funding or eliminating it for straight prepub offers.

The plan is for subsequent years to follow roughly this same pattern with the change over being the summer of each year between series years, and sponsorship renewals and drives happening then. Future projects could be multi volume editions of large puritan classic such as Daniel Rogers’ Naaman the Syrian (a 900 page folio, big enough to burden one of Naaman’s mules, as Spurgeon wrote) and other classic English Puritan and Scottish Presbyterian works. The possibilities are wide open if the support is there for a project, whether it is editing these puritan classics never yet republished, or doing first time translation work, or transcriptions from long lost manuscripts. The number of 17th century manuscripts discovered the last few years holds great potential if the interest is there.

I am energized about the prospects for this series and if enough interest is there, we will see some important work in print again or even for the very first time. A key to success will be how many sponsors are interested in annually supporting the Naphtali Press Special Editions series, as sponsors are essentially helping the R&D for otherwise cost prohibitive projects. Please consider one of the sponsorship levels offered and note some of the special rewards offered for the higher levels of support.

[1] More complex and expensive undertakings may require additional funding, such as lengthy translation work or transcription of a work surviving in manuscript.

[2] Those who prefer anonymity, may use a nom de plume subject to approval.

Sponsorship Levels

Note: If you wish to sponsor at a higher or different amount and specify the reward level, contact me to discuss and arrange payment. Also, if you wish to support the series at any level but not receive the books and/or physical rewards, and have them sent to another person or institution, contact me if the Paypal link does not give a box to provide that information (it may not even though I checked that option).
 
At any level especially the higher ones, please contact to arrange payment by check, or if you still wish to use and can affirm the charges should go through, I can give a direct billing through Paypal via a link in messenger. 

$199. USA Only. Regular Series Sponsor. This is the workhorse level of support. Pledges at this level help make the series possible and help meet the threshold minimums necessary for titles to go to print each year. Rewards: Name* listed as Series Sponsor in Series Sponsor section in the front of the 2019-20 titles published; receives a copy of all 2019-20 titles that go to print; and receives Series Sponsor Book Plates with each of these. Renewals for the subsequent year will go out once the prior year titles have all gone to print and shipped (possibly as early as March or as late as June), at the regular sponsorship level to continue support and receive the next year’s titles in the series; there will be special sponsor offers to consider as was with this year. Sponsor now (at the link you can choose to log into Paypal or as guest fill out and use a credit card). You can always contact me to send a check. *Real names required. Sponsors may request subject to approval for appropriateness, a nom de plume, in memoriam or in honor of if they wish to remain anonymous. etc.

$299. International Regular Series Sponsor. See description under the above. The increase over USA is for the trouble and expense of international shipping. In future if I can arrange international distribution and you don’t mind big delays, I may be able to lower this. Otherwise to get the titles pretty fresh off the press, this is the best option. Sponsor now (at the link you can choose to log into Paypal or as guest fill and use a credit card).

$250. USA Only. Limit 100. Series Sponsor: Plus WLC Book. All the rewards of the Regular Series Sponsorship. PLUS: Sponsors at this level receive a copy of The Westminster Larger Catechism Transcripts, regular edition. See Special Rewards descriptions below. Renewal each year will be offered at the regular sponsorship level to continue support and receive that year’s titles in the series, and there will be new special sponsor offers to consider. Sponsor now (at the link you can choose to log into Paypal or as guest fill and use a credit card).

$400. USA Only. Limit 19. Series Sponsorship Plus SL&C Broadside. All the rewards of the Regular Series Sponsorship. PLUS: Sponsors at this level receive a copy of the Solemn League & Covenant Broadside, regular unsigned edition. See Special Rewards descriptions. Renewal each Year will be offered at the regular sponsorship level to continue support and receive that year’s titles in the series, and there will be new special sponsor offers to consider. Sponsor now (at the link you can choose to log into Paypal or as guest fill and use a credit card).

As noted already, please contact to arrange payment by check for the sponsorship below at these higher levels, or if you still wish to use and can affirm the charges should go through, I can provide a direct billing through Paypal.

$1,000 or more. Limit 2. USA/Internal Series Sponsorship plus Scots Sermons. All the rewards of the Regular Series Sponsorship. PLUS: one of two leather bound editions of Scottish Commissioners’ Sermons (Naphtali Press: 2011) which is out of print in the regular edition. See Special Rewards description. Renewal each year will be offered at the regular sponsorship level to continue support and receive that year’s titles in the series, and there will be new special sponsor offers to consider. 

$2,500 or more. Limit 2. USA/Internal Series Sponsorship. All the rewards of the Regular Series Sponsorship. PLUS: 1 of the 2 remaining copies of the 25 hand printed hand bound slip cover edition of the Westminster Larger Catechism Transcripts. See Special Rewards descriptions. Renewal each year will be offered at the regular sponsorship level to continue support and receive that year’s titles in the series, and there will be new special sponsor offers to consider. 

$5,000 and up. Co-publisher Sponsorship. This is for aiding/ensuring publication and or greater distribution of a particular title or titles in the 2019-20 series. This includes all the rewards of the Regular Series Sponsorship with recognition as co-publisher as you direct (split between all the titles or all to a specific title for 2019-20, such as volume 1 of Durham on Revelation). Depending on overall funding raised, and how this is directed, this helps ensure funding for publication for a specific volume or gives a leg up over all for all the year’s titles, or increased quantities and discounting through US and UK sellers to give a title wider reach. Contact me to arrange payment and discuss how this is to be specifically directed with regard to the 2019-20 titles. Co-publishers are recognized as such with a special thanks in the Series Sponsorship section and if the sponsorship is for one title and in an amount that ensures its publication, also noted on the title page itself as Sponsoring Co-publisher. As with any level you can remain anonymous and stipulate how this is recognized, subject to publisher approval.

Reward Descriptions

Series Sponsorship Book Plate. Sponsors receive the 2019-20 custom 4×6 bookplate for each title to stick as they wish into the volumes received.

 

The Larger Catechism of the Westminster Assembly: A Transcription of the Surviving Manuscripts with Notes. 6×9. 140 pages. Limited printing, 260 copies. Transcribed and Edited by Chris Coldwell. Forewords by J. Ligon Duncan, Ph.D. and Chad B. Van Dixhoorn, Ph.D.

Edition Limitation
The Larger Catechism of the Westminster Assembly: A Transcription of the Surviving Manuscripts with Notes has been typeset in Rialto and Rialto Pressa typefaces, and printed letter press on Mohawk Superfine paper by Digital Letterpress, Austin, Texas, in a regular edition of not more than 225 copies, including 50 in a deluxe hand bound edition, and an additional 35 in numbered editions of 10 author’s copies in clamshell case (lettered A1 to A10) and 25 in slipcase (lettered B1 to B25), signed by the writers (in an additional 8 page section), printed on Somerset Book paper and hand bound by Cloverleaf Studio. Calligraphy by Jerry Kelly. {The special signed editions are all sold out.}
  • Regular edition, printed on Mohawk Superfine paper, bound in library buckram. $65.
  • Deluxe edition, printed on Mohawk Superfine, hand bound in Japanese bookcloth. $225. OUT OF PRINT.
  • Slip case edition, 25 copies lettered B1-B25, signed, printed on Somerset Book mold made paper, hand bound in Japanese bookcloth and quarter leather, with matching cloth slipcase. $750. 2 copies remain.
  • Author’s edition, 10 copies lettered A1-A10, signed, printed on Somerset Book mold made paper, hand bound in Japanese bookcloth and leather spine and corners, matching cloth clamshell case, leather labels. All copies of this edition are sold. $1500. OUT OF PRINT.

 

 

Scottish Commissioners Sermons to the English Parliament. I had two book blocks held from the regular 650 print run (which is out of print) bound by Leonard’s Books in full English calfskin leather, hand-dyed and antiqued Medium to Dark Mahogany finish, raised rib on spine, dual leather labels, hand and tailbands, hand-marbled end pages. Pictures just sent from the bindery today and items should be in hand in a few days. These look very nice.

Alexander Henderson, Robert Baillie, George Gillespie, Samuel Rutherford. Sermons Preached before the English Houses of Parliament by the Scottish Commissioners to the Westminster Assembly of Divines, 16431645. Introduction by Guy M. Richard. Edited by Chris Coldwell. October, 2011. 592 pages. OUT OF PRINT. Hard bound, Smyth sewn, color dust jacket, color frontispiece. Portraits by Mike Mahon. Author, Subject and Scripture indices. Bibliography includes collation of works/resources available to the divines at the Westminster Abbey, Sion College and Lambeth Palace libraries during the time of the assembly.

The Solemn League & Covenant (2009). Large broadside (16.75″ x 21.75″). Printed on letter press in hand set type for Westminster Letter Press by Golgonooza Letter Foundry & Press on Twinrocker handmade paper. Issued in an edition of no more than one hundred and twenty-five, including twenty-five numbered signed copies (signed by the publisher, typesetter and printer)–Not including author’s copies of 1 signed unnumbered, and 8 unsigned reserved to replace damaged sheets. Unsigned, $135. Numbered signed copies, $250.  

A critically researched text is printed on the front side in two columns, under the title For Christ’s Crown & Covenant, The Solemn League & Covenant, within an ornamental border, flanked by red lions rampant. On the back side comments on the textual issues are printed on a footprint matching the frontside to prevent “show-through” on the front. The text was set by hand in 14 D Dante type with Perpetua Titling and damp printed letterpress on a Vandercook Universal III press by Julia Ferrari from metal types. The hand made paper is Twin Rocker (color May Linen) with a feather deckle edge in a size of approximately 16.75 x 21.75.