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Bunyan, John. Scenes from the Pilgrims Progress [in easy verse, for the instruction of children]. London: B. Blake, [ca. 1860]. 32mo (11 cm, 4.5"). , 11 ff. $450.00
Perhaps this abridged, illustrated chapbook version of the Pilgrim's Progress should be considered an => early graphic novel. It is printed on one side of a leaf only with large hand-colored engraved illustrations on facing leaves, and with engraved text in captions of four-line rhyming verse below. The title-page also has a large engraved hand-colored illustration, with only a two-line caption below.
Provenance: Bookplate of Edward Arnold on inside of front wrapper. Pencil note indicating this is the Oppenheimer copy. Most recently in the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Searches of NUC, WorldCat, and COPAC find only two libraries worldwide reporting ownership (Pierpont Morgan, Florida State Univ.).
Publisher's buff-colored wrappers, printed paper title-label on front wrapper, soiled; title-leaf detached and one corner dog-eared along with that of front wrapper. A fragile publication overall in good condition, with its colored engravings, sometimes offsetting to pages opposite, still => very striking. (38791) Please RESHELVE This.
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