London: W. Johnston, 1766.
Thirty-First Edition. 8vo. xvi, 212p, (i); (xii)196p. 1 leaf ads. Illustrated with 22 engraved plates by J. Sturt, including a frontispiece for each of the two parts. Bound in period full black straight-grained morocco with marbled endpapers, a.e.g., the spine with gilt titles and ornamental rules on the bands, the panels with floral decorations in blind with small central gilt flower, the covers with blind ruled frames with small gilt cornerpieces. Mild old wear, contents clean. Quite a decent copy of this very scarce issue. Item #21398
"For the first hundred years or more of its existence the Pilgrim's Progress was read only among the dissenters, the lower and middle classes; the the many early editions, like the first [of 1678], were poorly printed. Now it is universally known and loved, and the parable of salvation is accepted by all denominations. Its language has become common to all, and the life of Bunyan has become the hope of all imprisoned for conscience' sake. His prose style has profoundly affected later writers." (PMM Catalogue 290).
Lowndes I:312; Lewine p. 87; Graesse p, 572 - all citing the issue of 1760.
From the library of Chicago book collector Abel E. Berland with his bookplate.
Penciled note on rear flyleaf: "An important edition w illustrations Purchased from Mike Papantonio of Seven Gables, NYC, 1971"