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BUNYAN, John.

The Pilgrim's Progress; [together with:] The Second Part.

London: M. Boddington [part I]; N. and M. Boddington [part II), 1718 & 1717 Stock Code: 148648
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Scarce early Bunyan

An attractive copy of both parts of the Pilgrim's Progress in early 18th-century editions (stated nineteenth and tenth respectively). Small, popular, and read to death, all early editions of the work are rare. ESTC locates ten institutional copies of the first part, and only two of the second.

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Description

2 volumes, duodecimo (142 x 87 mm). 20th-century sheep by Birdsall & Son of Northampton, twin black calf labels, covers panelled in blind, brown endpapers, red edges.

Illustrations

Woodcut portrait frontispiece to each, 14 further woodcuts in part I, and 4 in part 2, all integral.

Condition

18th-century ownership jottings to frontispiece recto of part 1, including "Elizabeth Boddington" (perhaps a relation to the publishers). Light wear to tips, bindings sturdy. First Part: tiny chip at head of frontispiece without loss, very light running peripheral staining, bound without terminal advertisement leaf. Second Part: frontispiece and title expertly remargined (affecting a few letters on title verso), text sometimes cropped with some loss. Very good copies.

Bibliography

ESTC & T58926.

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