Improving literature

When the Welsh non-conformist chapels had congregations that filled the pews and most households  owned a family bible that was large enough to record the family’s births and deaths on blank pages, the other devotional book with which most chapel-goers were familiar was John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress.

Captain Joseph Francis and his wife Rebecca had this splendid book on their bookshelves in Eryl. It’s weighty enough to need a lectern for its leather binding,  gilt decoration, marbled end-papers and large beautifully illustrated print.

"J. R. Kilsby Jones Ap Caledfryn" by Artist Ap Caledfryn (1837–1915) - http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/paintings/reverend-j-r-kilsby-jones-18131889-120219. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:J._R._Kilsby_Jones_Ap_Caledfryn.jpg#/media/File:J._R._Kilsby_Jones_Ap_Caledfryn.jpg

“J. R. Kilsby Jones Ap Caledfryn” by Artist Ap Caledfryn (1837–1915) – http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/paintings/reverend-j-r-kilsby-jones-18131889-120219. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons – 

The translator, the Minister J R Kilsby Jones, could be a character in the book, judging from this portrait.

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About bookvolunteer

I'm passionate about books, about Oxfam and about making the world a better place. When I'm not filling the shelves in Oxfam Wilmslow, I might be found reading the books I've bought in the beautiful surroundings of North Pembrokeshire.
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