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Bunyan John; The Pilgrim's Progress

SKU: Bunyan, John, AB0601034 $100.00
The Pilgrim's Progress, from this world to that which is to come; delivered under the similitude of A Dream: Wherein is discovered, the Manner of his Setting Out; his dangerous Journey and safe Arrival at the desired Country: containing the Pilgrimage of his Wife and Children and also Their Safe Arrival by John Bunyan, late minister of the gospel at Bedford, in three parts with explanatory notes to which is prefixed, the Life of the Author. Kelly's Edition, embellished with superb Engravings from original Drawings. Printed for Thomas Kelly, 53 Pater-Noster Row, London in 1812. Engraved frontispiece entitled 'Christian at the feet of Evangelist'verso engraved portrait of John Bunyan on title page with additional illustrations. The volume contains a color fold-out map entitled ''A Play of the Road from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City.'' It is the best example in this volume we have encountered. Full brown leather boards with gilt rule borders front and back. Gilt title and embellishments on gilt banded six compartment spine. Period inscription in ink on front pastedown. 2 cm. tear on title page, middle edge. Bumped corners, grime, shelf-wear and edge-wear are consistent with age. 419 off-white pages without foxing, spotting, tear or loss. There are some small irregular shaped holes randomly on a couple of pages. Text is complete. Volume measures: 13.5 cm. x 21.3 cm. (Octavo). This volume is in fine + condition. John Bunyan (November 28, 1628 - August 31, 1688) was a Christian writer and preacher. He was born at Harrowden in the Parish of Elstow, England. He is most noted as the author of the Pilgrims Progress. Bunyan had very little schooling. He followed his father in the Tarish Tinker's trade, and served in the parliamentary army at Newport Pagnell (1644-1647); in 1649 he married a pious young woman, whose only dowry appears to have been two books, the ''Plain Man's Pathway to Heaven'' and the ''Practice of Piety'', by which he was influenced towards a religious life. He lived in Elstow till 1655 (when his wife died) and then moved to Bedford. He married again in 1659. In 1655 he became a deacon and began preaching, with marked success from the start. In 1658 he was indicted for preaching without a license. He continued, however, and did not suffer imprisonment till November 1660, when he was taken to the county jail in Silver Street, Bedford. There he was confined at first for three months, but on his refusing to conform or to desist from preaching, his confinement was extended for a period of nearly 12 years (with the exception of a few weeks in 1666) until January 1672 when Charles II issued the Declaration of Religious Indulgence. In that month he became pastor of the Bedford church. In March 1675, he was again imprisoned for preaching (because Charles II withdrew the Declaration of Religious Indulgence), this time in the Bedford town jail on the stone bridge over the Ouse. In six months he was free and as a result of his popularity was not arrested again. On his way to London he caught a severe cold from being wet and died as a result of a fever at the house of a friend at Snow Hill. His grave lies in the cemetery at Bunhill Fields in London. Bunyan wrote The Pilgrim's Progress in two parts, the first of which was published in London in 1678 and the second in 1684. He had begun the work in his first period of imprisonment, and probably finished it during the second. The earliest edition in which the two parts are combined into one volume came in 1728. A third part falsely attributed to Bunyan appeared in 1693, and was reprinted as late as 1852. Its full title is ''The Pilgrim's Progress from This World to That Which Is to Come.'' The Pilgrim's Progress is arguably one of the most widely-known allegories ever written, and like the Bible has been extensively translated into other languages. Bunyan has the distinction of having written, in The Pilgrim's Progress, probably the most widely read book in the English language, and one which has been translated into more tongues than any book except the Bible. The charm of the work, which gives it wide appeal, lies in the interest of a story in which the intense imagination of the writer makes characters, incidents and scenes alike live in that of his readers as things actually known and remembered by themselves, in its touches of tenderness and quaint humour, its bursts of heart-moving eloquence, and its pure, idiomatic English. Macaulay has said; ''Every reader knows the straight and narrow path as well as he knows a road on which he has been backwards and forwards a hundred times,'' and he adds that; ''In England during the latter half of the 17th century there were only two minds which possessed the imaginative faculty to a very eminent degree. One of these minds produced ''Paradise Lost,'' the other ''The Pilgrim's Progress.''