Folio edition, slipcased hardback of THE PILGRIM'S PROGRESS: From this World to that which is to Come Delivered Under the Similitude of a Dream, by John Bunyan and published by the Folio Society, London, in 2001. First Folio Society edition was published in 1962. Second impression with a new binding and additional illustrations.
The book is in very good condition (Quarter bound in brown cloth over illustrated beige boards and gilt lettering on the spine). In its original brown slipcase which is in very good condition with only minor shelf wear. Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears and no inscriptions.
John Bunyan was born in 1628. In 1644 he was caught up in the Civil War and drafted into the Parliamentary army. Four years later he entered a period of intense spiritual struggle (chronicled in Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners), after which he emerged a new man. He joined a Nonconformist church and began to preach.
Bunyan spent many years in prison because of his faith and during this time began writing The Pilgrim’s Progress. The first part was published in 1678 and the second part, together with the whole work, was published in 1684. Bunyan died in 1688.
"The Pilgrim's Progress: From This World to That Which Is to Come, is one of the greatest allegorical stories ever written. A masterpiece of the English Puritan tradition, The Pilgrim’s Progress is rich in its imaginative power and its vivid and heartfelt language.
It recounts the story of Christian, who appears to the author in a dream, and his journey to Heaven through the trials and tribulations of life. He meets many like-minded pilgrims on his way, such as Faithful and Hopeful, but before they attain their goal they encounter the Giant Despair and the River of Death itself.
The Pilgrim's Progress was published in 1678 after being written in 1675 while Bunyan was imprisoned for conducting unauthorised religious services outside of the Church of England. This work is regarded as one of the greatest classics of literature. Translated into more than one hundred languages, The Pilgrim’s Progress continues to have an immeasurable influence on English literature."
290 pages with a frontis and black & white illustrations.
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Folio edition, slipcased hardback of From this World to that which is to Come Delivered Under the Similitude of a Dream, published by the Folio Society in 2001