BUNYAN, John .
Title The Elstow Edition - The 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.
Publisher London: John Walker and Co. 96 Farringdon Street, E.C., 1881 . 0
Seller ID 44486
The First Edition in the original full black leather binding and wooden boards. 8vo. 7.50" x 5.25" x 1.50" . pp.55/pp.383 . Front board with wooden panel, with a sketch of John Bunyan and gilt titles: "Warranted made of the oak taken from Elstow Church Previous to restoration 1880". Rear board also with a wooden panel and the same warranty. Boards rubbed and bumped. Hinges carefully strengthened. Spine with 5 raised bands, gilt titles and decoration. All page edges bright gilt. Inner gilt dentelles. Original black endpapers. Clean text and illustrations throughout. Well illustrated with full page engravings by R. Paterson (Illustrations by W. Gunston and others). A very good copy of this scarce book. ** Excerpt from the Publisher's Preface: (Dated December 1880) - "The origin of the Elstow Edition of the "Pilgrim's Progress" may be briefly told. The ancient Church whose bells Bunyan loved to ring, had long been in a state of dangerous dilapidation, and at Easter of the present year (1880), it was found necessary to replace the roof and to a considerable extent re-build the walls. Most of the wood-work was found unfit for further use ( the oak beams having done duty since 1530), and it was suggested to the Vicar and Churchwardens, that as the old material possessed a value in the eyes of thousands far in excess of its intrinsic worth, it was desirable to utilise it in such a way that the restoration fund might be largely increased, and at the same time an opportunity be given to the public of becoming possessed of a genuine and unique souvenir of the "Immortal Dreamer”. **** FULL TITLE: The Elstow Edition. - The 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. By John Bunyan. With Memoir And Bibliographical Notes. Illustrations By W. Gunston and others. Engraved By R. Paterson.