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The Pilgrim’s Progress from This World to That Which is to Come by John Bunyan (1629-1688) is a Christian allegory (a story in which people, places and events represent abstract concepts). The Pilgrim’s Progress was published in 1678, but this illustrated edition is from 1815. 

John Bunyan was an itinerant tinker and a non-comformist who spent many years in prison for refusing to obey injunctions not to preach. He wrote the greater part of Pilgrim’s Progress while in Bedford Gaol. The work was an instant publishing success, running to 11 editions within a decade of its original publication and selling possibly 100,000 copies in its first 15 years. During the later 18th and the 19th centuries it became regarded in Britain as essential family reading, and has been claimed as one of the 10 most published books of all time.

Maggie Tulliver reads The Pilgrim’s Progress as a young child. Her edition, like this one, is illustrated, and she takes particular pleasure of a picture showing the devil ‘in his true shape, [fighting] with Christian’ (Book I, Ch. 3).

One of the most widely read books of all time, this adventure reveals John Bunyan's intense grasp of the Scriptures. Penned while in prison for refusing to compromise the gospel, The Pilgrim's Progress is a guide for the journey from death to life. The times have changed, but the landmarks and adversaries are very much the same.


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Although John Bunyan's Pilgrim emerged in Puritan dress from the Town Prison on Bedford Bridge in 1676, he has remained to this day, in more than 120 languages, an influence which is almost as wide as Christianity itself. Many explanations are offered for the book's enduring appeal-the masterly allegory which can charm both child and adult; the great humanness of the characters who, after a few rapid strokes, appear in flesh and blood likeness; the plain, vivid English-and yet all these things are secondary.

Above all, Pilgrim's Progress is a life story. It depicts the life which Bunyan himself lived and, at the same time, the life with which all Christians can substantially identify themselves. For, as Augustus M. Toplady wrote, the book describes 'every stage of a Christian's experience, from conversion to glorification.' It does so with such abiding relevance because Bunyan's world of thought is that of the Bible itself.

This re-typeset edition of Pilgrim's Progress is based on the edition published by John C. Nimmo in 1895. It includes marginal notes and Scripture references, together with the fine etchings by William Strang. Hardcover.

The Pilgrim’s Progress from This World to That Which is to Come by John Bunyan (1629-1688) is a Christian allegory (a story in which people, places and events represent abstract concepts). The Pilgrim’s Progress was published in 1678, but this illustrated edition is from 1815. 

John Bunyan was an itinerant tinker and a non-comformist who spent many years in prison for refusing to obey injunctions not to preach. He wrote the greater part of Pilgrim’s Progress while in Bedford Gaol. The work was an instant publishing success, running to 11 editions within a decade of its original publication and selling possibly 100,000 copies in its first 15 years. During the later 18th and the 19th centuries it became regarded in Britain as essential family reading, and has been claimed as one of the 10 most published books of all time.

Maggie Tulliver reads The Pilgrim’s Progress as a young child. Her edition, like this one, is illustrated, and she takes particular pleasure of a picture showing the devil ‘in his true shape, [fighting] with Christian’ (Book I, Ch. 3).

The Pilgrim’s Progress from This World to That Which is to Come by John Bunyan (1629-1688) is a Christian allegory (a story in which people, places and events represent abstract concepts). The Pilgrim’s Progress was published in 1678, but this illustrated edition is from 1815. 

John Bunyan was an itinerant tinker and a non-comformist who spent many years in prison for refusing to obey injunctions not to preach. He wrote the greater part of Pilgrim’s Progress while in Bedford Gaol. The work was an instant publishing success, running to 11 editions within a decade of its original publication and selling possibly 100,000 copies in its first 15 years. During the later 18th and the 19th centuries it became regarded in Britain as essential family reading, and has been claimed as one of the 10 most published books of all time.

Maggie Tulliver reads The Pilgrim’s Progress as a young child. Her edition, like this one, is illustrated, and she takes particular pleasure of a picture showing the devil ‘in his true shape, [fighting] with Christian’ (Book I, Ch. 3).

One of the most widely read books of all time, this adventure reveals John Bunyan's intense grasp of the Scriptures. Penned while in prison for refusing to compromise the gospel, The Pilgrim's Progress is a guide for the journey from death to life. The times have changed, but the landmarks and adversaries are very much the same.


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