Name/TitleBook, 'The Pilgrim's Progress
MakerJohn Bunyan (b.1628, d.1688)
MakerS. Cowan & Co.
About this objectThis book was given to twelve-year-old Ruth Buckland and has been inscribed with the following passage: “To Ruth, with love, from Muriel, July 10th 1892.” The Pilgrim’s Progress was written by John Bunyan in 1678, and is a well-known Christian allegory.
Ruth was the daughter of Alfred Buckland, one of Auckland’s largest landowners and most successful agricultural businessmen. Books, like this one, were an important part of Victorian life in an era where there was no television, computers, or radio. Books and magazines were not only a vital source of entertainment, but were also didactic, teaching young children important lessons about Christian morality and correct behaviour. The Buckland family were practicing Anglicans and attended Sunday service at St Mark’s Church in Remuera. Therefore, The Pilgrim’s Progress would have been considered suitable subject matter for a young Anglican girl, like Ruth, to read.
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Medium and MaterialsPaper
Measurements20.3 x 15.4 x 4.1cm
Place MadePerth, Scotland
PublisherS. Cowan & Co.
Publication PlaceLondon, England
Subject and Association KeywordsGirlhood
Credit LineCollection of Highwic, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga