Lot 1025: John Bunyan THE PILGRIM'S PROGRESS 1805 Antique Theological Literature Plates
by National Book Auctions
October 22, 2016
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Title: The Pilgrim's Progress, from This World to That Which Is to Come: Delivered under the Similitude of a Dream. Wherein is Discovered, I. The Manner of His Setting Out. II. His Dangerous Journey; and III. His Safe Arrival at the Desired Country. Complete in Two Parts.
Author: John Bunyan - John Bunyan was an English Christian writer and preacher, who is well known for his book "The Pilgrim's Progress." Though he became a non-conformist and member of an Independent church, and although he has been described both as a Baptist and as a Congregationalist, he himself preferred to be described simply as a Christian. He is remembered in the Church of England with a Lesser Festival on August 30, and on the liturgical calendar of the Episcopal Church (US) on August 29.
Publisher: Printed and Published by S. C. Ustick
City: Burlington, New Jersey
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 198 pages
Width: 4.5" Height: 7.5"
Book Details: "The Pilgrim's Progress from This World to That Which Is to Come" is a 1678 Christian allegory written by John Bunyan. It is regarded as one of the most significant works of religious English literature, has been translated into more than 200 languages, and has never been out of print.
Bunyan began his work while in the Bedfordshire county prison for violations of the Conventicle Act, which prohibited the holding of religious services outside the auspices of the established Church of England. Early Bunyan scholars such as John Brown believed The Pilgrim's Progress was begun in Bunyan's second, shorter imprisonment for six months in 1675, but more recent scholars such as Roger Sharrock believe that it was begun during Bunyan's initial, more lengthy imprisonment from 1660 to 1672 right after he had written his spiritual autobiography, "Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners."
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is the scarce Burlington, New Jersey imprint of this classic title. The volume is bound in full leather, with faded gilt lettering to the spine, scuffing, and significant rubbing to the exterior. The binding is cracked at the front hinge, and a few pages in the middle of the text block are shaken. A previous owner's period signature and decoration appear on the front paste-down, with some blue ink from the signature present on the verso of the frontis. The interior of this volume displays toning and foxing, illustrated with engraved plates.
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