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BUNYAN, John (1628-1688). The Life and Death of Mr. Badman, presented to the world in a familiar dialogue between Mr. Wiseman and Mr. Attentive. London: J. A. for Nathaniel Ponder, 1680.

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BUNYAN, John (1628-1688). The Life and Death of Mr. Badman, presented to the world in a familiar dialogue between Mr. Wiseman and Mr. Attentive. London: J. A. for Nathaniel Ponder, 1680.

12° (140 x 81mm). Collation: A-P12 Q8. Publisher's advertisements (3pp.). (Without final blanks Q7-8; title and first three quires with slight worming to lower blank margin, signature or bottom line of text, neatly repaired on some pages; a few head-lines and side-notes just shaved, mainly in quire B; occasional repairs, mainly to blank margins, unobtrusive except to lower outer corner of Q1.) 19th-century purple morocco gilt, gilt edges. Provenance: Elizabeth Yorkton (contemporary inscription on title); Cardiff Castle bookplate.
FIRST EDITION of one of Bunyan's greatest works, which appears only rarely at auction. According to the DNB, the work "displays Bunyan's inventive genius as powerfully as the universally popular 'Pilgrim', of which, as Bunyan intended it to be, it is the strongly drawn contrast and foil. . . . As a portrait of rough English country-town life in the days of Charles II, the later book is unapproached, save by the unsavoury tales of Defoe." The Cambridge Guide to English Literature similarly hails the book as a forerunner of the novels of Defoe, and "a major contribution to the development of the novel." Wing B-5550; Harrison 26; Pforzheimer 117 (also lacking the two final blanks).
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