London: Printed for W. Johnston, 1762. Early Edition. Bound in modern full red crushed morocco, gilt stamping to the boards and spine, raised bands, black morocco spine label, marbled end papers. A small 12mo volume (pages 139 x 80 mm) collating: [iii]-x, 11-143, ; complete as to text, lacking the portrait. While Bunyan is marked on the title page as the author, many scholars believe that James Burdwood was really the author. First published in 1690, all early editions are quite scarce in the auction record and in institutional holdings.
"A slim devotional volume on the causes and cures of 'heart trouble.' [The author] arranges his book by topics such as suffering, loss, and sorrow, and he exhorts readers to put all their trust in Jesus to provide comfort and consolation. The text includes verses to illustrate these points. He encourages readers to believe in the Lord's promises and faithfully meditate upon them, declaring how sweet the 'glimpses and glances' of divine love are" (Woychuk). Heart's Ease serves to provide readers with a reminder not only of divine love, but of the presence of a Puritan community that shares this same faith in salvation. It urges readers to remember to turn to scriptures as a means for keeping contact with their God. "The literature of Puritanism was the soul of its ecclesiastical body and the blood of its political veins" (White). This text, which has been variously attributed to John Bunyan and James Burdwood, is a testament to this important tradition which the Puritans drew upon in times of difficulty and persecution. (Item #2321)