Pilgrim's Progress


This edition of John Buyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress was published by Andrus & Judd of Hartford, Connecticut in 1833. The book’s full title was The Pilgrim's Progress from This World to That Which Is to Come; Delivered under the Similitude of a Dream. : In two parts. which describes the allegorical tale. The story blends elements of fantasy with Puritan theology(,) telling the tale of the character Christian’s life—finding the grace of god and being saved, navigating the pitfalls of sin along his path to heaven, and coming across moral and immoral characters who aid or hinder his travels to the final Celestial City.

The Copp Collection contains about 150 books of early American imprint and shows a wide range of reading matter typical of a New England Puritan family living in a port town. Literacy was expected of many New Englanders, as Puritan doctrine required everyone to read the Bible. The abundance of multiple Bibles, psalms, hymnodies, sermons, and morality tales reflects the Copp’s religious beliefs. Other highlights of the library include the works of Shakespeare, almanacs, historical and political texts, and travel narratives.

The Copp Collection contains a variety of household objects that the Copp family of Connecticut used from around 1700 until the mid-1800s. Part of the Puritan Great Migration from England to Boston, the family eventually made their home in New London County, Connecticut, where their textiles, clothes, utensils, ceramics, books, bibles, and letters provide a vivid picture of daily life. More of the collection from the Division of Home and Community Life can be viewed by searching accession number 28810.

Maker: Bunyan, John

Location: Currently not on view

See more items in: Home and Community Life: Domestic Life, Cultures & Communities, Copp Collection


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Credit Line: Gift of John Brenton Copp

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: DL.006867.62Catalog Number: 6867.62Accession Number: 28810

Object Name: bookOther Terms: Book; Printed

Measurements: overall: 1 3/8 in x 5 5/8 in x 3 3/8 in; 3.4925 cm x 14.2875 cm x 8.5725 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a1-1522-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_318278

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