The Pilgrim's Progress: With Eight Original Colour Illustrations

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The Pilgrim's Progress: With Eight Original Colour Illustrations


by John Bunyan 

Hardcover Edition 1903 Blue boards, slight browning with age but no foxing. 

First printed in 1678, it has been translated into over 200 languages and has never been out of print. (Although this edition which is 114 years old is most certainly out of print) 

Bunyan Imprisoned  by Charles II for Writing This Book 

The Pilgrim’s Progress, religious allegory in two parts (1678 and 1684) by the English writer John Bunyan, a symbolic vision of the good man’s pilgrimage through life, at one time second only to the Bible in popularity.

Without doubt the most famous Christian allegory still in print, The Pilgrim’s Progress was first published in the reign of Charles II and was completed while its author was imprisoned for offences against the Conventicle Act (which prohibited the conducting of religious services outside the bailiwick of the Church of England).

Summary:

The book recounts a dream of the trials and adventures of Christian (an Every-man figure, born with the name Graceless) as he flees his home, the City of Destruction, for the Celestial City, Heaven.

In Part I (1678), Christian has fled the City of Destruction on the advice of Evangelist, who guides him to the path toward the Celestial City. Christian seeks to rid himself of a terrible burden, the weight of his sins, that he feels after reading a book (ostensibly the Bible); the weight, he believes, is pulling him down to hell.

But he fails to persuade his family to accompany him. His journey takes him through dangers and distractions that have become proverbial, including the Slough of Despond, Vanity Fair, and Doubting Castle.

Written in homely yet dignified biblical prose, the work has some of the qualities of a folktale, and in its humour and realistic portrayals of other characters, such as Mr. Worldly Wiseman, Faithful, Hopeful, Pliant, and Obstinate, it anticipates the 18th-century novel.

In Part II deals with the effort of Christian’s wife, Christiana, and their sons and their neighbor Mercy to join him, the psychological intensity is relaxed, and the capacity for humour and realistic observation becomes more evident.

Christian’s family, aided (physically and spiritually) by Great-heart, their guide to the Celestial City who slays assorted giants and monsters in their way, has a somewhat easier time because Christian has smoothed the way, and even such companions as Much-Afraid and Mr. Ready-to-Halt manage to complete the journey.

Reviews: 

"I got this after reading The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes, as I realised that it had been a huge influence on so many minds, indeed being the only book other than the Bible that was permissable in many households. It is worth reading just for that."

"I first read this book as a child and loved it enough to read it several times. I rediscovered it again when I was in my forties. Now, in my sixties, I am enjoying it even more"

"This is a fantastic book! There are a number of free pdf versions around on the internet which I found difficult and hard going to read. However this particular version is brilliant  - the message is clear. The supporting notes in the margins and cross references to Biblical texts are most helpful. Well worth the money and worth reading. I've not read many books that I couldn't put down but this is one of them!"

 

 

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