The Most Well-Known Allegory Ever Written
BUNYAN, John. 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. London: Printed for Nathanael Ponder , 1682.
The eighth edition. Twelvemo. [xii], 211, [1, 'Conclusion'], [4. publisher's ads] pp. Including frontispiece and two full page woodcuts.

Early nineteenth-century blind-tooled sheep, spine blind-stamped in compartments and with gilt spine lettering, brown endpapers. Some wear to upper spine with a small crack. Marginal notes trimmed in a few places. Old rust mark to pp. 88-89. Some browning throughout. Overall, a very good copy of this very rare item.

This is a genuine eighth edition. In the last thirty years there have only been two other Pilgrim's Progress published in 1682 to come up at auction and both of these were spurious with one claiming to be the 'Fifth edition' and the other the other the 'Ninth Edition". Harrison cites a New York Public Library catalog of 1929. which claims that the 'fifth' edition was not issued by Nathanael Ponder, and Sharrock records that the British Library copy of the same and that in the library of the Bunyan Meeting, Bedford, although bearing Ponder's name, "are totally unlike all other editions bearing his imprint." They are apparently printed in smaller type on inferior paper, with no shoulder noted. OCLC only records six copies of this actual 1682 (eighth) edition.

The most well-known allegory ever written, this journey of the protaganist, Christian, is simultaneously filled with vivid and full human portraits of its characters. With over 100,000 copies sold in Bunyan’s lifetime, this “most perfect and complex of fairy tales” succeeded in attracting audiences from every Christian sect.

Harrison pp. 39-40. Wing B-5568. According to Harrison there are only thirty-eight known copies of any complete edition prior to this one (of which OLCL locates six, of which three are imperfect); making this one of the forty-three earliest known copies and one of only four known complete copies of the eighth edition..

HBS # 65265 $32,500