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BUNYAN, John (1628-1688). The Holy War, made by Shaddai upon Diabolus, for the regaining of the Metropolis of the World. London: for Dorman Newman and Benjamin Alsop, 1682.

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BUNYAN, John (1628-1688). The Holy War, made by Shaddai upon Diabolus, for the regaining of the Metropolis of the World. London: for Dorman Newman and Benjamin Alsop, 1682.

8° (156 x 92mm). Collation: A4 B-Z8 Aa-Cc8. Engraved frontispiece portrait of Bunyan by Robert White. (Lacking folding plate; K2-5 inserted from another copy and K2-3 just shaved at outer margin; repair to E1; signature eradicated on F1; tiny hole on I1 affecting one character.) 19th-century blue morocco, gilt turn-ins, gilt edges, by W. Pratt (extremities rubbed). Provenance: Cardiff Castle bookplate.

FIRST EDITION of one of Bunyan's masterpieces: J. A. Froude (in English Men of Letters: Bunyan, 1880) has said that this book "would have entitled Bunyan to a place among the masters of English literature." The DNB quotes Macaulay as saying that "if there had been no Pilgrim's Progress, the Holy War would have been the first of religious allegories." Wing B-5538; Harrison 27; Pforzheimer 116; Grolier Wither to Prior 123.
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