This early edition of John Bunyan's works is richly illustrated with beautiful wood engravings. Many of the engravings are done of listed artists such as Daniel Huntington and H. Melville. The book is done is brown calf leather with gold lettering on the spine. The book has marbled end papers and tissue guards protecting the engravings. The book is tight and has clean pages. The cover shows signs of age: the spine and corners are bumped. The leather binding has several scuffs. A facsimile of the will of John Bunyan is also enclosed in the book. John Bunyan (28 November 1628 – 31 August 1688) 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. One of the works in this book is "Pilgrims Progress": At one time, The Pilgrim's Progress was considered the most widely read and translated book in the English language apart from the Bible. The charm of the work, which gives it wide appeal among old and young, learned and ignorant, readers of all possible schools of thought and theology, lies in the interest of a story in which the intense imagination of the writer makes characters, incidents, and scenes alike live in the imagination 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, nervous, 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 seventeenth century there were only two minds which possessed the imaginative faculty in a very eminent degree. One of these minds produced the Paradise Lost, the other The Pilgrim's Progress."
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