Thursday, June 16, 2011

'A Mapp Shewing The Order & Causes of Salvation & Damnation' by John Bunyan

John Bunyan (1628 - 1688) is best known as the author of Pilgrim's Progress and other books like The Holy War. Here's his Wikipedia biography. He also seems to have been a bit of a graphic designer to, as the image below shows, the first version of which was created by Bunyan in 1644.
You can see a larger PDF version here. It is said to have been based on the earlier works of William Perkins (1558-1602), called 'A Golden Chain' (see example here). Even though the age we live in is highly visual, diagrams like these can look a bit strange and esoteric to us. (Main image above from this Flickr page)


An Aul Han said...

Looks like many of the plates in 'The secret teachings of all the ages'.

Mark Thompson said...

I once had 2 copies of that book, a huge hardback colour one and a smaller softback black and white one. Couldn't make head nor tail of it but then again I don't think I was one of the intended readership!