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JOHN AMOS COMENIUS

London: C. J. CLAY, M.A. & SON, CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS WAREHOUSE,

17, PATERNOSTER Row.

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Cambridge: DEIGHTON, BELL, AND CO.

Leipzig: F. A. BROCKHAUS.

JOHN AMOS COMENIUS

BISHOP OF THE MORAVIANS

HIS LIFE AND EDUCATIONAL WORKS

BY

S. S. LAURIE, A.M., F.R.S.E.

PROFESSOR OF THE INSTITUTES AND HISTORY OF EDUCATION

IN THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH ;
AUTHOR OF 'PRIMARY INSTRUCTION IN RELATION TO

EDUCATION,' 'PHILOSOPHY OF ETHICS,' ETC.

SECOND EDITION, REVISED.

CAMBRIDGE:
AT THE UNIVERSITY PRESS.

1884

(All Rights reserved.]

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PREFACE TO SECOND EDITION.

IN issuing the second edition of this book it occurs to me to say that it is possible that a critical mind examining any one of Comenius's writings might here and there take exception to my statement of his opinions. It is therefore necessary to explain that wherever the opinions expressed by Comenius in any of his Treatises was subsequently modified, I have given his final views.

For the rest, I can only repeat what I stated in the preface to the first edition, that this book is the most complete—so far as I know the only complete-account of Comenius and his works that exists in any language. I have gone carefully through the four volumes of his didactic writings, containing 2271 pages of Latin, good, bad, and indifferent. The German translation of one of the treatises has also been before me. The life is written, like the rest of the book, entirely from a collation of original sources; but I do not endeavour to give an account of Comenius's ecclesiastical relations.

It is not always easy to determine how much of a voluminous and prolix writer should be

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