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Ralph Ford Collection of John Bunyan
University of Alberta, Bruce Peel Special Collections Library

Bunyan, John; English literature

The collection was formed initially by Ralph Ford of Bedford, England (Bunyan's home town). Ford's collection was the most important Bunyan collection then in private hands. The collection was acquired in 1964 from a book dealer. It has since been expanded.

The collection contains works by John Bunyan (1628-1688), with emphasis on seventeenth and eighteenth century editions. Many translations of Bunyan's work are also available. Some rare seventeenth century editions are included. Present acquisition policy is to actively pursue editions not found in the collection, especially seventeenth and eighteenth century editions and nineteenth century children's editions.

English language material predominates. Multilingual works are presently being added to the collection.

540 monographs; serials.

Bibliographic Access
The collection is catalogued on OPAC.

Physical Access
The collection is open to the public. For further information visit:

Interlibrary Loan: No.

Reprography: At the discretion of the librarian and the conservator.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
1995 Peel Library exhibition catalogue John Bunyan: The books he read, the words he wrote.