Bunyan’s Autobiography, Grace Abounding – 1798 Provincial Printing

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Bunyan, John. Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners; or, A brief and faithful Relation of the exceeding Mercy of God in Christ, to his poor Servant, John Bunyan., etc. New ed. Leeds: Printed by J. Binns, 1798.

ESTC T58509

Binding: Hardcover (Full Leather). Book Condition: Binding Candidate. Item Type: Book.

Pagination: vii, [8]-144 p. Size: 6"-7" - Sextodecimo (16mo).

A rebound copy of the second printing by Binns of Bunyan’s classic autobiography and account of his conversion.  Grace Abounding was first published in 1666 and has remained in print continuously since then.

There were 20 printings of the book before this “New Edition” was published (it is number 21 of 47 in the ESTC list), although ESTC’s census only finds 43 copies of the earlier printings (a WorldCat search turned up about 38 holdings).  ESTC shows five holdings of this printing: The British Library, Leeds Central Library, Leicester University Library, Thoresby Society and the only North American holding at the University of Alberta. A WorldCat search turned up two other copies: National Library of Scotland and the only U.S. copy in the Robert J. Wickenheiser Collection of John Bunyan, University of South Carolina.

Bound in paneled leather, although both of the boards are now detached. Leather is missing from the compartments at the head and foot of the spine. Any original title has perished and someone wrote the title on a label attached to the spine (now barely visible).

The text block remains tight. The pages are slightly tanned but remain supple. The front and rear free end papers are darked around the edges as a result of contact with the areas of the end papers that were glued over the leather on the inside covers. Three leaves (pp. 121-2, 125-6 & 131-2) are on paper where the page edges are uncut because the paper was not wide enough to make the cut. No foxing in this copy. There are two signatures of previous owners on the inside front cover and free front end paper. The page edges are slightly browned. 

Shipped Weight: 0 lbs 4 oz.

Inventory No: 1260.