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London: Printed for E. Dilly, at the Rose and Crown in the Poultry. 1757.
Darton G525. 71, [1 ad'] pages. Portrait frontispiece; illustrated throughout with 49 fine woodcuts, set within decorative borders, and some tail-pieces. Contemporary full plain sheep, recently re-backed to match the original. 12mo. Ownership name of David Everard Ford Sep 12:1808, to front endpaper; binding worn with loss to corners; else a very good, early copy. Rare. The first emblem book for children. It is the only book John Bunyan ever wrote expressly for children, although his earlier Pilgrim's Progress, which demonstrated his supreme genius for allegory, became one of the great adopted children's books. Divine Emblems was first published by Bunyan -- under the title 'A Book for Boys and Girls; or, Country Rhimes for Children', in 1686, two years before his death (it was one of his post-imprisonment works). The first edition is a formidable rarity ... In 1724 a somewhat shortened version of the work was published bearing a changed title, 'Divine Emblems… Most subsequent editions of Bunyan's emblem book for children have appeared under this title…', Taken from the caption to the Morgan Library copy, dated 1790, illustrated in Early Children's Book and Their Illustration.