1701 · London
A religious essay from the author of Pilgrim's Progress, here in the "second edition, corrected and amended," which is actually a newer version of the second edition printed in 1685. Bunyan gives lengthy discussion to the differences between the covenant of works and the covenant of grace, and as with all of the early editions of his works, this one is scarce.
Searches of NUC, WorldCat, and ESTC locate only three copies worldwide of the 1659 first edition, three copies in North America of the 1685 second, and three North American copies of this 1701 edition (this being one of the three). This work lacks the portrait and one leaf of text, a common occurrence as Bunyan's works were often read to death.
Provenance: Booklabel of Farrer in Reading on front pastedown. Later in the Howell Bible Collection, Pacific School of Religion (properly released); with presentation inscription of C. Bernard Cockett (1888–1965), president of both the Australian Council of Churches and the Congregational Union of Australia & New Zealand, to the Pacific School of Religion on 7 May 1943 in appreciation for receiving an honorary doctorate.
ESTC T58494. Brown buckram with gilt lettering and ruling on spine, all edges speckled brown; binding lightly rubbed, joints cracked and back cover loosely attached, corner torn from front free endpaper. Light age-toning with intermittent waterstaining, generally light but notable on final two gatherings; a few leaves lacking corners including title-page (with loss of last four letters of "Doctrine"); a few more leaves damaged with loss of text to up to 14 lines (usually fewer) on each of four pages; one leaf of text and the portrait leaf missing. Inscribed as above, with library marking to spine, several old rubber-stamps, date and edition underlined on title-page, circulation slip and card pocket at rear. Withal rather clean, still sound, and still => Bunyan. (Inventory #: 36216)