1821 The Infant's Progress From The Valley of Destruction To Everlasting Glory
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First Edition, Leather Binding
Direct from the library of the late Hugh Selbourne MD (1906-1973) a noted book collector and diarist. With an illustrated frontispiece, dated January 1st 1821. Signature of prior owner, John Rylands to title page. Possibly English entrepreneur and philanthropist John Rylands (1801-1888), the owner of the largest textile manufacturing concern in the UK and Manchester's first multi-millionaire. The University of Manchester library is named after him as it was founded by his wife Enriqueta Augustina Rylands in his memory. This text is Mrs Sherwood's adaptation of John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress. In this tale she represents original sin as a child named 'in-bred sin' who tempts young pilgrims on their way to the Celestial City. The battles with In-bred Sin constitute the major conflict of the text. Sherwood often included political and social messages dear to evangelicals in her texts such as the crucial role of missions, the value of charity, the evils of slavery and the necessity of Sabbath observance.
In a half calf binding with paper covered boards. Externally, smart. Slight rubbing to head and tail of spine as well as to joints and extremities. Prior owner's signature to title page, John Rylands Aug 22nd 1822. Ink inscription dated 1855 to introduction page, illegible due to smudging from damp staining. Internally, firmly bound. Pages have slight age toning with scattered spots throughout.
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