1877 Rare Victorian Book - The Pilgrim's Progress illustrated by Henry Courtney Selous & M. Paolo Priolo.
Author : Bunyan, John. Illustrated by Henry Courtney Selous & M. Paolo Priolo.
Title : The Pilgrim's Progress from This World to That Which is to Come. With notes by the Rev. Robert Maguire M.A. illustrated by Henry Courtney Selous & M. Paolo Priolo.
Publisher : London, Paris & New York, Cassell Petter & Galpin, no date (circa 1877).
Language : Text in English.
Size : 10.5 " X 8 ".
Pages : xvi-399 pages.
Binding : Attractive and very good full Victorian decorated cloth binding (hinges fine, overall slightly worn, soiled and scuffed - as shown) under a protective removable mylar cover. Scarce in this binding!
Content : Very good content (bright and clean, some foxing and staining, mainly on preliminary and last pages, School prize bookplate dated 1877 on first endpaper, inner hinges worn but still tight).
Illustrations : Profusely and beautifully illustrated with 102 wood engravings by H.C. Selous and M. Paolo Priolo.
The book : Scarce in this binding and attractive edition of The Pilgrim's Progress from This World, to That Which Is to Come which is a 1678 Christian allegory written by John Bunyan. It is regarded as one of the most significant works of religious English literature, has been translated into more than 200 languages, and has never been out of print. It has also been cited as the first novel written in English.
The author: John Bunyan (30 November 1628 – 31 August 1688) was an English writer and Puritan preacher best remembered as the author of the Christian allegory The Pilgrim's Progress. In addition to The Pilgrim's Progress, Bunyan wrote nearly sixty titles, many of them expanded sermons.
The illustrator : Henry Courtney Selous (b.Panton Street, Haymarket, London 1803; d.Beaworthy, Devon, 24 September 1890) was an English painter, illustrator and lithographer.In 1818 Selous entered the Royal Academy Schools and also exhibited his first work, a Portrait of a Favourite Cat (location untraced), at the Academy. He submitted animal portraits for the next three years before embarking on human portraiture. His early works were exhibited under the name Slous, but at some time between 1831 and 1838 he adopted the name Selous. In the 1840s he began to paint historical subjects, initially inspired by the renewed interest in history painting prompted by the New Palace of Westminster cartoon competition for the designs of frescoes on the new building in 1843. In this he submitted a picture of Boadicea Harranguing the Iceni which won a premium of £200 in 1843. He was aided by the knowledge of mural technique he had acquired by working for a panorama painter. Despite the prize, the picture was criticised by one reviewer because the "violence of the action and dashing lights carry us away like the speech of a mob orator." He painted historical pieces for the rest of his career, for example Cassio Wounded (1874, location untraced), as well as such works as The Opening of The Great Exhibition (see works, below) recording contemporary events.
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