BUNYAN, John (1628-1688). Come, & Welcome, to Jesus Christ. Or, a plain and profitable discourse . . . shewing the cause, truth, and manner of the coming of a sinner to Jesus Christ. London: for B. Harris, 1678.
8° (142 x 89mm). Collation: A-T8. Errata and final blank. (Title with neat repairs to outer corners, just touching rule border; tips of outer corners repaired, mainly in first and last quires and on L5-6, not affecting text; neat repair to inner upper corner of C1-3, just touching headline on C1; repair to upper outer margin of G4 affecting four lines of text, and to lower outer corner of M5, affecting a few characters; soiling to T3v and T4r; a few headlines just shaved.) 19th-century speckled calf gilt, morocco lettering-pieces on spine, edges gilt, by W. Pratt. Provenance: Cardiff Castle bookplate.
FIRST EDITION of one of Bunyan's most popular works, which ran into eight editions before 1700. Copies of all 17th-century editions are extremely rare; Wing records only four copies of this first edition. Our copy, unlike that described by Harrison, retains the final blank. Wing B-5495 (4 copies only); Harrison 24 (records four copies).