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 fro Nathanael Ponder , 1682.
The eighth edition. Twelvemo (5 5/8 x 3 1/2 inches; 144 x 90 mm). [x], 144, 135-158, 169-211, [1, 'Conclusion'], [4. publisher's ads] pp. Bound without A1, which contains an advertisement and a woodcut. With three full page woodcuts in the text.

Contemporary full calf. Boards ruled in blind. Binding very worn. Edges chipped and bottom portion of spine lacking. Bound without endpapers. Leaf edges frayed. Some monir spots of worming. Bottom half of leaf B1 torn away. Closed tears to B6 and D12, with no loss of text. A small tear to leaf E3, only affecting marginal note. Tear to top outer corner of F3, with some loss of text. Previous owner's bookplate on verso of front board. Overall, a good copy of this very rare item.

This is a genuine eighth edition. In the last one hundred years, besides this present copy, we could only find three copies of Pilgrim's Progress published in 1682 at auction. One of which was a 'Fifth edition' and the others listed as defective. 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 protagonist, 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 OCLC locates six, of which three are imperfect).

Harrison pp. 39-40. Wing B-5568.

HBS # 68718 $7,500

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