This volume of Lectures, given in 1907 by Andrew Bradley under the Gifford Endowment, has been transcribed from the difficult manuscript, with infinite care, by his sister and sole literary executrix, Marian de Glehn.
Circumstances had prevented him from revising the lectures before his death, and Mrs. de Glehn decided that, at the cost of much that he might have wished done to transform spoken lectures into written chapters, it was all-important in a work of this nature to adhere strictly to his own wording as it stood. The Lectures are therefore now printed as he wrote them for delivery, with only such trifling emendations as were necessary in order to preserve clearness of expression and unity of form.
Consistently with this decision Lecture I, of a purely introductory character, has been omitted; it was left, not as a more or less finished script, but merely as arranged material for a speaker. It is therefore represented by a summary founded on that given to the Press in 1907 by Andrew Bradley himself, and slightly amplified from his original manuscript.
Mrs. de Glehn died just as the book was ready to be put into type; and the Preface she had planned must remain unwritten.
She was deeply grateful for the invaluable and untiring help of the late Professor Joachim, in all difficulties of her work; and her warm thanks would also have been given to Mr. Geoffrey Mure for his assistance.
30th September, 1939