FULL TITLE: The Holy War: made by Shaddai upon Diabolus, for the regaining of the metropolis of the world, or, the losing and taking again of the town of Mansoul
Written by John Bunyan
Published by Alex Hogg; and Vallance and Conder
Engravings: Copper Plates by Morris, Pollard, Grainger, Goldar, &c. from the original designs of Dodd, Hamilton and other celebrated Artists.
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Title page reads: The Holy War: made by Shaddai upon Diabolus, for the regaining of the metropolis of the world, or, the losing and taking again of the town of Mansoul. By Mr. John Bunyan, late minister of the gospel in Bedford, and author of The Pilgrim’s Progress, Complete in Two Parts./An Entire new and correct edition, illustrated with notes, explanatory, experimental, and practical, in the same manner as those lately added to The Pilgrim’s Progress, by W. Mason./The Whole now Embellished with the most superb and elegant set of copper plates, engraved by Morris, Pollard, Grainger, Goldar, &c. From the original designs of Dodd, Hamilton, and other celebrated artists./ London. Printed by permission of the former proprietors, for the editor and now published Alex Hogg, no. 16, Paternoster-Row and Vallance and Conder, in Cheapside, 1782.
Very rare 1st edition thus, illustrated and with textual notes. This edition with advertisements paginated in with text and notes by W. Mason. Embellished with stunning engraved copper plates. 13 in total with 14 called for. One plate (the last one, #14) is lacking. The 8th plate, is a lavish folding plate depicting the battle. Also includes a frontispiece. Bound with contemporary 1/2 dark brown leather hardboards and marbled paper coverings. Five raised bands on spine, each band decorated with gold gilt lines. Black morocco leather spine label with gold gilt titling, plain brown end-papers.
CONDITION: Very good; clean, unmarked text; text is complete & collated with one plate engraving lacking (#14); rubbed corners and mildly scuffed edges of 1/2 leather boards; minimal stains; occasional foxing; darkening of pages near where plate is missing; one engraving (#6) has come loose but still present(as pictured); minor tear, top-most seam separation & slight damaging of folding-plate; ink of several of the engravings has bled through to the neighbouring pages
BOOK MEASUREMENTS: 21 cm X 13.5 cm
TOTAL LENGTH: 344 pages