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The Barren Fig-Tree: or, the Doom and Downfal of the Fruitless Professor.

Shewing, That the Day of Grace may be past with him long before his Life is ended. The Signs also by which such Miserable Mortals may be known. By John Bunyan, Who being dead, yet speaketh, Heb. 11. 4. To which is added his Exhortation to peace and unity among all that fear God.

London: printed for Jonathan Robinson, 1709 Stock Code: 142381
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Scarce early Bunyan

The stated sixth edition (though a survey of editions shows this as the seventh), first published in 1673.

The book reflected Bunyan's "determination to give Calvinist theology a warm, evangelical face. His sermon on Luke 13:6-9, entitled The Barren Fig-Tree, included a jeremiad warning England about the peril of being a nation of fruitless professors, but it was also directed to those members of gathered churches whose lifestyle brought disrepute on the godly. The easing of persecution had made religious complacency a matter of growing apprehension" (ODNB).

Small and read to death, as with the Pilgrim's Progress, all the early editions of Bunyan are scarce; this particular edition is recorded in eight institutions by ESTC.

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Duodecimo (142 x 83 mm). Early 19th-century quarter calf, black calf label, spine ruled in gilt, marbled endpapers.


Reverse of title page with three notes of acquisition, dated 12 June 1709, 21 February 1729, and 11 September 1822, a couple of minor early jottings to text. Expert restoration to spine ends and joints. Integral frontispiece A1 laid down and chipped with some loss. Contents generally toned as usual, some handling fraying around extremities more pronounced around initial and final leaves, small chip with slight loss to heading to C10, occasionally a little closely cropped and text close to hinge. A very good copy.


ESTC T58450.


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