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MILTON, JOHN.

Published by Philadelphia: Robert Bell, 1777 (1777)

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Item Description: Philadelphia: Robert Bell, 1777, 1777. First American Edition; two volumes; bound in contemporary (original?) full calf; with raised bands; "M" is blind-stamped on each spine, the number of each volume stamped below; the top edges of each board are decorated in a geometric pattern; some rubbing and stains of the bindings; small name stamp (19th century?) at the top of each title page; page foxing and staining; a very good set of a book rarely found complete and in original, unsophisticated condition. Milton, dead for over a century by the time of this publication, influenced the Founding Fathers, and while the text of his most famous work was widely available in imported editions, the printing of this work during the American Revolution was an acknowledgment of its significance. Bookseller Inventory # 27611

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Milton, John

Published by S. Simmonsl John Starkey 1678, 1671, London (1678)

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Item Description: S. Simmonsl John Starkey 1678, 1671, London, 1678. Early and firsts. Octavo; vg+/none; fine binding, dark blue leather spine with gilt lettering; raised bands; gilt highlights and block borders; ex library, book plate, Thomas Clifford Allbutt [1836-1925], an English physician and inventor of the clinical thermometer; endpapers, feathered; head-edge, gilt; board edges and inside borders, gilt fluting; professionally rebound; PARADISE LOST, third edition, 1678, 331 pp.; without portrait; --PARADISE REGAIN'D, 1671, 111 pp.; without licensing leaf; ---SAMSON AGONISTES, 1671, 101 pp.; minor shelf wear and bumping; text block, varied foxing; uneven printing; uneven original trim; edges, toning; pp.; split start, gutter; else very good; --- Shelved in Case #4. Dupont. Bookseller Inventory # 9-114-1220094

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MILTON, JOHN

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ISBN 10: 0333045076 ISBN 13: 9780333045077

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Item Description: MACMILLAN. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: Good. 0333045076 Used book. Previously owned and is blemished. Cover rubbed w/ corner and binding wear. Interior page markings (highlighting/writing) and owner's name. An inventory sticker on the back and a used sticker on the spine. Textblock has a marking. Bookseller Inventory # 0333045076

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MILTON, John (1608-1674); - John MARTIN (1789-1854, illustrator)

Published by Septimus Prowett, London (1827)

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Item Description: Septimus Prowett, London, 1827. Imperial quarto. (14 3/8 x 10 1/4 inches). 24 mezzotint engraved plates by John Martin. Contemporary half green morocco over marbled paper covered boards, spines in five compartments divided by double-raised bands, lettered in the second, third and fourth compartments, marbled endpapers, gilt edges Provenance: Thomas Clarke, F.S.A. (armorial bookplate) Imperial quarto Prowett edition of Milton's Paradise Lost, with the larger size masterful illustrations by John Martin: one of the "most significant series of British book illustrations ever to have been produced" (Campbell). This notable edition of Milton's Paradise Lost was published simultaneously in both imperial quarto (as here) and imperial octavo editions. In addition, fifty copies of large-paper, deluxe issues of each edition were available with India proof plates (i.e. 50 copies of large-paper imperial quarto and 50 copies of large-paper imperial octavo, the latter often confused with the present imperial quarto edition as it is similar in sheet size but not image size). Suites of the plates and individual plates, without text, were also issued separately. "This book was one of the great publishing enterprises of the age . The apocalyptic romanticism of his conceptions had many sources: the monumental buildings of London, the engravings of Piranesi, published volumes of eastern views, even incandescent gas, coalpit accidents, and Brunels new Thames Tunnel. The resulting illustrations may be heterogeneous, but they are also unforgettable" (Ray). "Martins illustrations to John Milton's epic poem Paradise Lost represent a turning point in his career. The vast majority of Martins most famous works . were based upon either Miltonic or biblical subject matter. The Paradise Lost series are of particular importance both as one of his chief bodies of designs and as the focal point for the beginning of his career as a mezzotint engraver. Begun by early 1824, this series of engravings was the result of a commission from a little known American publisher, named Septimus Prowett . To appreciate the impact which Martin's designs had upon his public, one must realize the extent to which these extraordinary visions represented an entirely new conception of approach to the art of illustration. Not only were they original in the truest sense of the word, designed directly on the plates without the aid of preparatory sketches, they were some of the earliest mezzotints to have been made using soft steel rather than copper, and they were the first illustrations of Milton's epic work to have been made in the mezzotint medium . The greatest significance of Martin's illustrations, however, was in their spectacular visionary content . Martin laid before his public the spectacular settings of the epic tale, the open voids of the Creation, the vast vaulted caverns of Hell vanishing into the utter blackness of Chaos, the daunting scale of the city of Pandemonium, and the sweeping beauty of Heaven itself. These images have no serious counterpart and are the very essence of the sublime in Romantic art. They are without doubt one of the most significant series of British book illustrations ever to have been produced" (Campbell). Lowndes IV, p.1560; Allibone, p. 1300; Ray, The Illustrator and the Book in England , 69; Campbell, John Martin, Visionary Printmaker , pp. 38-41. Bookseller Inventory # 26789

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MILTON, John

Published by London Septimus Prowett (1827)

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Item Description: London Septimus Prowett, 1827. John Milton’s "Paradise Lost" with John Martin’s Illustrations, One of 50 copies MILTON, John. The Paradise Lost of Milton. With Illustrations, Designed and Engraved by John Martin. London: Septimus Prowett, 1827. First (Imperial Quarto) edition. One of only 50 copies with the smaller set of engravings. According to Campbell there were two issues of the Imperial Quarto Edition: "(2) Imperial Quarto Edition, measuring 10 7/8 x 15 1/4 in., with fully lettered prints from the larger set of plates, at £10 16s.(3) Imperial Quarto Edition, measuring 10 7/8 x 15 1/4 in., containing lettered proofs of the smaller set of the engravings: limited to 50 copies, at 12 guineas for the complete publication." Thus even though the images were smaller, this edition was more expensive upon publication. Campbell states "only three copies of the Imperial Quarto edition containing proofs from the smaller set of engravings are now known" (this was in 1992). Two volumes bound in one. Large quarto (14 3/8 x 10 1/2 inches; 366 x 268 mm.). [4], 228; [2], 218 pp. Twenty-four mezzotint plates in the smaller format (image size: 8 x 5 1/2 inches), with tissue guards. Contemporary burgundy pebble-grain morocco. Covers decoratively paneled in gilt, spines paneled and lettered in gilt in compartments, gilt spine bands, gilt board edges, wide gilt-tooled dentelles, marbled endpapers and doublures, all edges gilt. Some light foxing (mainly to the plate margins and prelims). An excellent copy of this scarce edition. "This book was one of the great publishing enterprises of the age. It appeared in eight different formats, four with the large plates (8 by 11 inches) and four with the small (6 by 8 inches). Martin executed the forty-eight mezzotints himself. The apocalyptic romanticism of his conceptions had many sources: the monumental buildings of London, the engravings of Piranesi, published volumes of eastern views, even incandescent gas, coalpit accidents, and Brunel’s new Thames Tunnel. The resulting illustrations may be heterogeneous, but they are also unforgettable" (Ray). "Martin’s illustrations to John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost represent a turning point in his career. The vast majority of Martin’s most famous works.were based upon either Miltonic or biblical subject matter—the Paradise Lost series are of particular importance both as one of his chief bodies of designs and as the focal point for the beginning of his career as a mezzotint engraver. Begun by early 1824, this series of engravings was the result of a commission from a little known American publisher, names Septimus Prowett. Prowett, who was based in London, approached Martin to produce 24 mezzotint illustrations.to accompany an issue of Milton’s text which was to be produced in twelve parts.To appreciate the impact which Martin’s designs had upon his public, one must realize the extent to which these extraordinary visions represented an entirely new conception of approach to the art of illustration. Not only were they ‘original’ in the truest sense of the word—designed directly on the plates without the aid of preparatory sketches, they were some of the earliest mezzotints to have been made using soft steel rather than copper, and they were the first illustrations of Milton’s epic work to have been made in the mezzotint medium.The greatest significance of Martin’s illustrations, however, was in their spectacular visionary content.Martin laid before his public the spectacular settings of the epic tale—the open voids of the Creation, the vast vaulted caverns of Hell vanishing into the utter blackness of Chaos, the daunting scale of the city of Pandemonium, and the sweeping beauty f Heaven itself. These images have no serious counterpart and are the very essence of the sublime in Romantic art. They are without doubt one of the most significant series of British book illustrations ever to have been produced" (Campbell, John Martin, Visionary Printmaker, pp. 38-41). Ray, The Illustrator and t. Bookseller Inventory # 65255

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MARTIN, John.) MILTON, John.

Published by London: Septimus Prowett, 1827 (1827)

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Item Description: London: Septimus Prowett, 1827, 1827. 2 volumes, large quarto (363 x 265 mm). Contemporary dark green morocco, raised bands, titles to spine and floral rolls to spine ends gilt, boards with double ruling in gilt and triple ruling in blind, decorative gilt rolls to edges and turn-ins, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Spines slightly sunned, extremities gently rubbed, minor wear to corners, boards a touch scuffed and soiled, light foxing to margins of text block and plates. An excellent set. With 24 mezzotint plates by John Martin, 23 retaining the tissue guards. First edition, with the large plates by John Martin (1789-1854), the British Romantic artist. While famous for his striking apocalyptic oil paintings, Martin also illustrated books, working mainly in the technically demanding medium mezzotint, which, with its velvety darkness and rich tonal qualities, allowed the artist to emulate painterly effects. In 1823, Prowett commissioned 24 large plates (280 x 190 mm) by Martin for a new edition of Paradise Lost; the publisher would later commission an additional set of smaller plates (200 x 150 mm). As a result, the 1827 Paradise Lost appeared in four distinct formats: folio or quarto with the large plates, and quarto or octavo with the smaller plates. Milton Ray describes Martin's edition of Paradise Lost as "one of the great publishing enterprises of the age . The apocalyptic romanticism of his conceptions had many sources: the monumental buildings of London, the engravings of Piranesi, the many recently published volumes of eastern views, even incandescent gas, coalpit accidents, and Brunel's new Thames Tunnel. The resulting illustrations may be heterogeneous, but they are also unforgettable." (The Illustrator and the Book in England, p. 69). This copy from the library of British diplomat David Montagu Erskine (1776-1855), with his bookplate to front pastedowns and his ownership signature in pencil to Volume I front flyleaf. Erskine served as the British envoy to Washington (1806-9), Stuttgart (1824-8), and Munich (1828-43). Bookseller Inventory # 94835

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Item Description: 1760. 8vo, 2 volumes contemporary calf with distinctive gilt roll border, spines richly gilt with contrasting leather labels, marbled endpapers by Baskerville, all edges marbled, joints cracked but sound, head and tails of spines chipped and worn, gilt on spines dulled, bookplates, a few scrapes to boards, otherwise a very good set, preserved in a custom-made fall-down back box. Baskerville's octavo set of Milton, issued together early in May 1760 bound at the Baskerville Bindery and with marbled endpapers by Baskerville. These copies are notable for the end-papers and the gilt roll on the bindings, "marbled to represent blended splashes of water colour" (Gaskell), which identify them as coming from "a bindery which appears to have been closely associated with Baskerville". In the course of his extensive researches on the Bibliography, Gaskell only came across five examples of such marbled papers, on four works all published between 1760 and 1764. More recently F E. Pardoe examined the entire holdings of Baskerville imprints at Birmingham City Reference Library, and at the University of Birmingham Library. At the latter, the characteristic marbled endpapers were identified in six books, the bindings of five of which were decorated with an equally distinctive floral roll. In private correspondence (i6 June 1968) Mr Pardoe has observed: 'It seems to me that there is no doubt about the Baskerville origin of both the marbled paper and the binding. I would go further and say that on the evidence you have collected there is no doubt that he had a bindery at Easy Hill and that he marbled paper of the sort he used for endpapers on the books we have seen. I am not sufficiently expert on eighteenth-century binding tools to pronounce upon the uniqueness of the floral decoration, but it seems to me that this too might have been peculiar to the Baskerville bindery'. The gilt roll on this set and the marbling of the endpapers match with the bindings at Birmingham University. Examples of books bound at the Baskerville Bindery are scarce. In addition to the copies at Birmingham, there is one example at the British Library and two known in an American private collection. Baskerville's dabbling in marbling paper is covered in depth by Diana Patterson in her essay John Baskerville, Marbler which appeared in the Library Magazine (1990) . Bookseller Inventory # 2063246

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Milton, John

Published by London: The Cresset Press [Printed by Bernard Newdigate at the Shakespeare Head Press], 1931 (1931)

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Item Description: London: The Cresset Press [Printed by Bernard Newdigate at the Shakespeare Head Press], 1931, 1931. Lovely copy of the imposing and beautiful Cresset Press Milton, printed at the Shakespeare Head Press. The text of Paradise Lost is from the second edition of 1674; Paradise Regain'd is set from the first edition of 1674 Edition of 195 copies, this copy unnumbered. 2 vols., 4to. With 20 wood- engravings by D. Galanis and inital letters designed by Anna Simons. Original full tawed pigskin. Minor natural variations in leather. Fine in cloth slipcase. Ransom 22 (calling for an edition binding of pigskin at priced 20 guineas in 1931). Bookseller Inventory # 264230

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Milton, John.

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Item Description: Hammersmith: Doves Press, 1902 and 1905. 2 vols. 4to. 343 pp. and 386 pp. Both printed in red and black, Paradise Lost with initials in red and blue. Marginal foxing to final few pages of Paradise Lost, else fine. Full white vellum, gilt on spine. First Doves Press editions, each one of 300 copies. Early examples of the Doves PressÕ gracefully sparse design and beautiful type. Tidcombe, Doves Press 5 and 7. Bookseller Inventory # 106307

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Milton, John.

Published by London. S. Simmons (1678)

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Item Description: London. S. Simmons, 1678. 3rd Edition 1678, revised and augmented by the author. VG. HB. Recent quality rebind in full Victorian Tan calf leather. Vertical spine title gilt, spine has 5 raised bands with single line gilt either side of raised bands. New end papers expertly fitted. 12 x 18cm tall. 331pp. WH. pages evenly age browned, with some minor foxing in margins, however, the text is clear. Reverse of title page bears a miniscule previous owners inscription dated 1881. Pages 153-158 are plain original lined sheets, possibly for notes. Edges age browned. At the beginning of the book are 2 pages of a summary of the poet Milton which are in Latin script by a person identified only by the initials S.B. M.D., these are followed by 2 pages of a critique on 'Paradise Lost', and again the writer is only identified by the initials A. M. There then follows 2 pages of explanation of the style of verse, which is English Heroic Verse without Rhime, similar to that of Homer in Greek, and of Virgil in Latin. Milton expresses the belief that rihme is not a necessary adjunct or true ornament of poem or good verse, particularly in longer works. This outstanding classic of epic verse is tightly bound, and in remarkably good condition. Bookseller Inventory # 42973

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Golden Cockerel Press.) MILTON (John)

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Item Description: 1937. 136/195 COPIES (from an edition of 200 copies) printed on Batchelor handmade paper, 38 wood-engravings by Mary Groom used throughout the text and as head-pieces to each Book, wood-engraved title-page designed by Robert Gibbings and printed in black and red, pp. [ii], 380, folio, original half black pigskin with gilt rule, Cockerell marbled cloth sides lightly rubbed overall, backstrip lettered in gilt between gilt ruled raised bands, a little rubbing to top corners, t.e.g., others untrimmed, usual off-setting from the morocco turn-ins and a couple of faint foxspots to flyleaf, board slipcase rubbed with a few grazes and light overall soiling, very good It was originally intended that the book be produced in a similar vein to that of the press’s Four Gospels. Although Mary Groom's engravings do not totally achieve a ‘marriage’ between letterpress and illustrations, the overall effect is still very good, and the Gibbings designed title-page superb. Sandford considered the presswork exceptional and wrote of it ‘we dare any expert printer to find fault with our presswork in this book’. (Pertelote 119; Kirkus 224). Bookseller Inventory # 54486

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MILTON, John.

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Item Description: 1858. 4to. Contemporary red pebble-grain morocco by Andrew Grieve of Edinburgh, boards with wide gilt borders and large oval gilt device at centre of both covers, spine lettered in gilt, and richly gilt in compartments, all edges gilt with rich gauffering; pp. [x], 373; 24 full-page mezzotinted plates by John Martin. Spine a little darkened, just a little rubbing to boards, occasional light, inoffensive, foxing, neat ink inscription, generally a very good clean copy - much nicer than is usually found. One of the most famous illustrated books published in England and the only book for which John Martin is now remembered. It was first published in 1827 in several forms. Septimus Prowett, the original publisher, paid Martin the exceptional sum of £2,000 to do 24 folio size mezzotints to illustrate Paradise Lost and a further £1,500 for a smaller set of the same designs. "The publication was a complete success, and Martin's plates won lasting renown . There have been many ambitious schemes of publishing which have failed because the artist did not rise to the height of his opportunity, but this was emphatically not the case with Martin . among the plates of Paradise Lost there is a high proportion of unique and original design." (Thomas Balston, John Martin 1789-1854). Bookseller Inventory # 2058528

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John Milton

Published by J. and R. Tonson, London (1790)

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Item Description: J. and R. Tonson, London, 1790. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Johann Sebastian Muller (illustrator). Paradise Lost. (London: Printed for J. and R. Tonson et al., 1750) 8 x 5 ½¿. Two Volumes. Second Edition, edited, with notes of various authors, by Thomas newton. Old speckled calf, recently rebacked, spine with raised bands, gild rules and titling, and red morocco labels. Frontispiece by Vertue and 12 attractive engraved plates after Francis hayman, engraved by Johann Sebastian Muller. Title Leaves with small portion of blank lower margin torn away and neatly replaced, a little offsetting in text, otherwise an excellent copy of this well-illustrated edition. Both Hayman (1708-76), one of the foundation members of the Royal Academy, and Muller (1715?-90?), who called himself John Miller after emigrating to England from Germany in 1744, had distinguished careers as illustrators, and this edition of Milton reflects the high quality of their work. Bookseller Inventory # 000106

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John Milton (John Martin, Illus.)

Published by Septimus Prowett, London (1827)

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Item Description: Septimus Prowett, London, 1827. Full-Leather. Book Condition: Collectible; Very Good. John Martin (illustrator). First Thus. A lovely copy of the 1827 "John Martin" edition, with his 24 magnificent --and justifiably legendary-- full-page engravings. Bound in a sumptuous, dark-red, full moroco, with elaborate gilt and blindstamped decorations to the panels. 4 raised bands and rich, detailed gilt-tooling to the compartments. Very light wear along the hinges and light, scattered foxing to the text but both volumes are remarkably bright and clean and easily VG+. Thick quartos, all edges gilt. Attractive bookplate of Arthur Stannard Vernay to the pastedown of Vol. I and the small armorial bookplate of Rev. William Stunnton at the front pastedown of Vol. II. Bookseller Inventory # 9214

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Milton, John (Thomas Newton, ed.)

Published by R.Tonson & S.Draper, London (1752)

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Item Description: R.Tonson & S.Draper, London, 1752. Francis Hayman (illustrator). A New Edition, With Notes of various Authors, By Thomas Newton, D.D. London: Printed for J. and R. Tonson and S. Draper in the Strand. Three volumes, uniform large 4º. Paradise Lost in two volumes, first Newton edition, 1749; Paradise Regain'd (with Samson Agonistes and Poems upon Several Occasions) in one volume, first Newton edition, 1752. The three volumes are complete with the three portraits of Milton by George Vertue and the seventeen plates by Francis Hayman. Paradise Lost, volume I: frontispiece portrait of Milton at the age of 21 by George Vertue dated 1747; title-page; dedication of [8]pp.; preface of [8]pp.; i-lxi, Life of Milton; poems by Barrow, Marvel, & a note on the verse, in [5]pp.; 1-16, Addison's Critique; List of Subscribers in [12]pp.; pp. 1 - 459, Paradise Lost, Books 1 - 6, with a plate by Francis Hayman preceding each Book. Paradise Lost, volume II: frontispiece portrait of Milton at the age of 62 by George Vertue dated 1747; title-page; pp. 1 - 444, Paradise Lost, Books 7 - 12, with a plate by Francis Hayman preceding each Book, and the Appendix; Index pp. [132]. Paradise Regain'd: frontispiece portrait of Milton at the age of 42 by George Vertue dated 1751; title-page; Preface and Table of Contents in [6]pp.; pp. 1 - 690, Paradise Regain'd, followed by Samson Agonistes, Poems on Several Occasions, Sonnets, Psalms, and Latin Poems; Index of [2]pp. This volume also contains five plates by Francis Hayman as called for. Three volumes about 287 x 225 mm., uniformly bound in contemporary full mottled calf with gilt borders, all edges gilt, superbly rebacked in modern calf of a matching colour with double green morocco lettering-pieces, all corners expertly repaired, retaining original marbled endpapers with inner hinges strengthened with cloth. Eighteenth century bookplate of George Drummond (Lord Provost of Edinburgh) in each volume. This edition of Milton is important for its scholarly notes by Newton, (1704-82, biblical scholar, Bishop of Bristol and Dean of St. Paul's), but also for the plates by Francis Hayman (1708-66), a prominent figure in eighteenth century artistic circles, and with Reynolds one of the founder members of the Society of Artists. It is rare to find a uniform set of these three volumes, the Newton editions of the two works having been published a few years apart. All three volumes are printed in large type on thick, high-quality paper. This is a particularly pleasing example, the leaves being large and the edges heavily gilt. There is a little browning here and there, more frequently opposite the plates, but overall it is a clean and fresh example. The rebacking and restoration of the corners has been executed to the highest standards. Bookseller Inventory # 1021BS

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Item Description: J and R. Tonson. London. 1761, 1761. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Illustrated Edition. NEW EDITION. Three 4to volumes. (11.9 x 9.6 inches). Vol.1. lxxix, xxii,491pp; - Vol.2. 460pp, 116pp indexes; - Vol.3. 690pp, iipp index. (2 of the last 2 leaves, 4T & 4Ti have been bound in. One in the correct place at the end of the text and again, randomly, in the middle of one of the Poems on several occasions). Illustrated with 20 full page copper engraved plates, including 3 portraits as the frontispiece for each volume, plus 17 fine illustrations by Francis Hayman, each with some offsetting to the page opposite. Neat contemporary previous owners names to the top of the title pages and rear of frontispieces. Some minor foxing to the margins of a few pages, and darker offsetting to 2 leaves where a previous owner had inserted a fern leaf, otherwise a very good set which has been finely bound in recent full speckled brown calf. Spines with raised bands, the compartments double ruled in gilt. Red labels, gilt. Double ruled blind border on boards. An attractive set of this beautifully illustrated and printed edition. --- Francis Hayman (1708-1776), "The most proficient English illustrator of his time." - Gordon R. Ray. The illustrator and the book in England from 1790 to 1914. Page 5. Bookseller Inventory # 9053

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Item Description: London: J and R. Tonson, 1761. New edition. Three volumes. Quarto. Finely bound in recent full speckled brown calf. Spines with raised bands, the compartments double ruled in gilt. Red labels, titled in gilt. Double ruled blind border on boards. Volume 1. lxxix, xxii,491pp; Volume 2. 460pp, 116pp indexes; Volume 3. 690pp, iipp index. Illustrated with 20 full page copper engraved plates, including 3 portraits as the frontispiece for each volume and 17 fine illustrations by Francis Hayman. Neat contemporary previous owners’ names to the top of the title pages and reverse of frontispieces. Some minor foxing to the margins of a few pages, and darker offsetting to 2 leaves where a previous owner had inserted a fern leaf. Illustrations with some offsetting to the opposite page. A very good set of this beautifully illustrated and printed edition. Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers. Bookseller Inventory # 10960

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MILTON, John.

Published by Birmingham, John Baskerville, 1758. (1758)

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Item Description: Birmingham, John Baskerville, 1758., 1758. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. First Baskerville edition. 8vo. Nicely bound by Zaehnsdorf in full polished speckled calf, richly gilt stamped, 3 green leather spine labels, edges extra gilt, marbled endpapers. Fresh set, no foxing. Enclosed in a green cloth slipcase. 2 volumes. Gaskell 4 and 5. Bookseller Inventory # 223323

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Milton, John; with thirteen watercolor drawings by William Blake; commentary and editing by John T. Shawcross; introductory essay by Helen Vendler; and commentary on the art by Robert N. Essick

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Item Description: Arion Press, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Two towering figures of English art and literature are joined together in this remarkable letterpress limited edition, consisting of a handsome book and a massive portfolio of drawings. Milton's Paradise Lost, a monumental poem of 10,565 lines, was published in a second revised edition in the year of the poet's death, 1674. He was blind when he composed the poem and so never saw the dictated manuscript, proofs, or printed book. Printers, publishers, and scholars ever after have toiled with corrections and modifications as language and style of presentation changed over three centuries. The rationale for the new scholarly text prepared by Professor John Shawcross is explained in his "Note on the Text". Helen Vendler, the literary critic and University Professor at Harvard, has written an introductory essay, providing fresh perspectives on Milton's greatest work. The design of the book is inspired by the second Baskerville edition of 1759. A portfolio of facsimiles of watercolor drawings by William Blake accompanies the book. The drawings, owned by the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, consist of the complete set of twelve smaller illustrations commissioned of Blake by Joseph Thomas in 1807, plus one from a larger series of twelve illustrations commissioned by Thomas Butts in 1808. The prints are interleaved with sheets bearing commentaries by Robert Essick, a noted Blake scholar, and the Milton scholar Shawcross. The book is exquisitely printed by letterpress under the direction of Andrew Hoyem, quarto format: 10 by 6-3/4 inches. The type is Baskerville, 11/12-point, in Monotype and hand composition for larger sizes, with Goudy Text used in display. The paper is mouldmade Zerkall, ivory wove. The binding is black linen, in slipcase. The portfolio of warercolor facsimiles measures 22 by 17 inches. The smaller images are approximately 10 by 8 inches. The paper for the facsimiles is Somerset Photo Enhanced, digitally printed. The portfolio is covered in black linen. Edition of book and portfolio is limited to 400 copies. 432 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 069

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Milton, John

Published by J. and R. Tonson, London (1758)

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Item Description: J. and R. Tonson, London, 1758. Hardback. Book Condition: fine. 1st. Edition Thus. BASKERVILLE PRESS;-John Milton; PARADISE LOST;-From the TEXT of By Thomas Newton D.D. 1758 Published in London- by J. and R. Tonson 1758. 1st. Edition of Baskerville's Milton's classic poem Paradise Lost,in two Volumns. and one of the earliest of John Baskerville's printings. Once Paradise Lost was published, Milton's stature as epic poet was immediately recognized. He cast a formidable shadow over English poetry in the 18th and 19th centuries; he was often judged equal or superior to all other English poets, including Shakespeare. Taken from Thomas Newton's annotated edition of the poem. Newton (1704-1782) was an English cleric, biblical scholar and author. His most remembered workwas his annotated edition of Paradise Lost, including a biography of John Milton, published in 1749. John Baskerville printed works for the University of Cambridge in 1758 and, although an atheist, printed a splendid folio Bible in 1763. His typefaces were greatly admired by Benjamin Franklin, a printer and fellow member of the Royal Society of Arts, who took the designs back to the newly-created United States, where they were adopted for most federal government publishing. Baskerville also was responsible for significant innovations in printing, paper and ink production. He developed a technique which produced a smoother whiter paper which showcased his strong black type. Baskerville also pioneered a completely new style of typography adding wide margins and leading between each line. Baskervillle was born in the village of Wolverley, near Kidderminster in Worcestershire and was a printer in Birmingham, England. He was a member of the Royal Society of Arts, and an associate of some of the members of the Lunar Society. He directed his punchcutter, John Handy, in the design of many typefaces of broadly similar appearance.John Baskerville printed works for the University of Cambridge in 1758 and, although an atheist, printed a splendid folio Bible in 1763. His typefaces were greatly admired by Benjamin Franklin, a printer and fellow member of the Royal Society of Arts, who took the designs back to the newly-created United States, where they were adopted for most federal government publishing. Baskerville's work was criticized by jealous competitors and soon fell out of favour. Baskerville, an atheist, was buried at his own request, in unconsecrated ground in the garden of his house, Easy Hill. When a canal was built through the land his body was placed in storage in a warehouse for several years before being secretly deposited in the crypt of Christ Church (demolished 1899), Birmingham. Later his remains were moved, with other bodies from the crypt, to consecrated catacombs at Warstone Lane Cemetery. Baskerville House was built on the grounds of Easy Hill.Fine Binding by ROGER PAINE;- The story of the life of Roger Payne, the most noted English binder of the eighteenth century, is unfortunately the common one of many men of genius. It is the history of a man generously endowed by nature with the inventive faculty of mind, and possessed of a high degree of manual skill in his handicraft,but of an entirely thriftless disposition and most irregular habits of life. The picture presented is one of days and nights devoted to patient, painstaking labor amidst surroundings of wretchedness and squalor, succeeded by long periods of idleness and dissipation, the scene closing, when he was hardly past the prime of life, with a lonely death in a comfortless garret. (Andrews, William Loring. Roger Payne and His Art, NY: Printed at the De Vinne Press, 1892, p. 13). Despite the difficulties of his personal life, Roger Payne (1739-1797) was the foremost British bookbinder of his time and the founder of a purely English style of binding decoration.It is a testament to his work and the esteem he earned in his own time that the engraving of him at the top of this post is the only eighteenth century portrait of a British bookbinder. The engraving is, indeed, one of only t. Bookseller Inventory # 295

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Milton, John

Published by Printed by S. Simmons 1678 3rd ed, London (1678)

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Item Description: Printed by S. Simmons 1678 3rd ed, London, 1678. HC. B&W frontis (illustrator). 331pp An exceptionally nice clean and tight copy. Book block was trimmed at some point, and the previous owner rebound this copy about 40 years ago. When trimmed sometime in the past several hundred years some pages are trimmed tight, but the frontis has good margins with an inscription at the top edge. This is the last edition overseen by Milton. very good, rebound in tan leather (hardcover). Bookseller Inventory # 056651

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John Milton

Published by Jacob Tonson, London (1695)

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Item Description: Jacob Tonson, London, 1695. Full Calf Leather Binding. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No DJ as Issued. Peter Paul Bouche After Rubens (illustrator). Sixth Edition. The Poetical Works of John Milton. Containing, Paradise Lost, Paradise Regain'd, Sampson Agonistes, and his Poems on several Occasions. Together with Explanatory Notes on each Book of the Paradise Lost, and a Table never before Printed. Printed for Jacob Tonson, at the Judge's Head near the Inner-Temple-Gate in Fleet-Street., 1695. Folio, bound in full contemporary dark calf neatly rebacked with renewed red morocco gilt label . [6] 219 [1] 219-343 [3] [2] 321 [3] 66 [6] 57 [1] [4] 9 [2] 10-11 [2] 12-34 [2] 37-60 pages. "According to K. A. Coleridge, p. 274, 'Jacob Tonson issued two collections in 1695, parts of which are in large part the same, but with different arrangements'." This volume contains a general title page (which the second collection lacks), (London: Printed for Jacob Tonson, 1695), 'Paradise Lost A Poem' (London, Printed by Tho. Hodgkin, 1695), 'A Table' [index to 'Paradise Lost'], 'Annotations on Milton's Paradise Lost (London, Printed for Jacob Tonson, 1695)', 'Paradise Regain'd' (London, Printed by R.E., 1688), 'Samson Agonistes' (London: Printed by R.E. 1695) and 'Poems upon Several Occasions' (London: Printed for Jacob Tonson, 1695). . Poems upon Several Occasions slightly browned. Twelve leaves engraved plates as called for, most of which are engraved by Michael Burghers or Peter Paul Bouche. Raised bands gilt with marginal dampstain to later leaves, in particular to Samson, lacks the portrait frontis of Milton to face the general title else a very good copy in a superb rebacking of the original boards in calf. This is the second illustrated edition of Paradise Lost after the 1688 edition which lists for $6000 to $10,000. Size: Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. As Gift. Hardcover. Bookseller Inventory # 002600

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John Milton

Published by The Odyssey Press, Inc. (1935)

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Item Description: The Odyssey Press, Inc., 1935. Book Condition: Good. 27th. N/A. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP73618624

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Milton, John. Text edited by John T. Shawcross. Introduction by Helen Vendler.

Published by Arion Press 2002 & 2004, San Francisco (2002)

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Item Description: Arion Press 2002 & 2004, San Francisco, 2002. Book Condition: Book and portfolio fine. Limited edition. 2 volumes, large octavo (10 x 7 inches) text volume: xxxiv, 397, black linen over boards with leather lettering piece on spine, matching slipcase; and large portfolio of plates: title page, colophon and limitation, list of plates, introduction, thirteen color plates interleaved with separate sheets with descriptive text for each plate; black linen portfolio (22.25 x 17.25 inches) with printed paper title label to front. Original prospectus and supplemental announcement to the prospectus - coinciding with publication of the plates; invitation to the publications party; keepsake for the publication party; and an invitation to a 400th anniversary birthday celebration for John Milton (December 9, 2008) at the Arion Press laid in. First full-scale facsimiles of this suite of watercolor drawings by William Blake, commissioned by Joseph Thomas in 1807. Reproduced from the originals at the Huntington Library. Limited to 400 numbered copies, this #63.There were also 26 lettered copies produced. Bookseller Inventory # 20576

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John Milton

Published by J. and R. Tonson, London (1758)

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Item Description: J. and R. Tonson, London, 1758. Early 20th Century Full Morocco boards with gilt flower design bands. Five raised bands in six compartments. Titles in tooled gilt on spine. Marbled end papers. , Ex Libris Abel E. Berland, Size : 8vo. (141 x 221mm, Volume : 16 Books in two., P. Vol 1: Full Title, Blank, Advertisement (18), Half Title, Advertisement (5), Life of Milton (69), Blank, Half Title, 1-416; Vol. 2: Title, Blank, Half Title, Blank, 5-390. Both books in very good condition. Edges gilt. A fine example of these two works bound in decorative gilt red morocco. Bookseller Inventory # B3982

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Milton, John. Blake, William (illus.) Arion Press

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Item Description: San Francisco: Arion Press, 2002 & 2004. 2 vols., 4to, and large folio. Text xxxiv, 397 (inc. colophon); and portfolio with 13 plates plus small format illustrations and text, prospectus. Cloth, gilt leather label, in slipcase, and loose sheets, laid into cloth folding portfolio, printed label. As issued Limited to 400 sets. The first time these illustrations and text have been issued together, text edited by John T. Shawcross, with an introduction by Helen Vendler. The portfolio reproduces the watercolors at full scale in excellent color facsimile after the originals at the Huntington Library, with description and commentary by Robert N. Essick and Shawcross. Currently in print at $2500. Bookseller Inventory # 105220

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Milton, John

Published by London, Septimus Prowett (1827)

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Item Description: London, Septimus Prowett, 1827. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Two volumes, tall Imperial octavos, almost small folio in appearance, contemporary polished tan russia gilt, all edges gilt, rebacked preserving original gilt spines, hinges and spines a bit rubbed and trifle chipped, usual minor foxing within, fine set. Martin's famed mezzotint engravings for this work are an acknowledged high point of British book uillustration, and are among the most powerful expressions evoked by Milton's epic, placing Martin's illustrations on a level between those of Blake and those of Dore. Kohler 107. First edition with the Martin illustrations. Bookseller Inventory # 1314

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John Milton.

Published by Charles Tilt,, London (1838)

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Item Description: Charles Tilt,, London, 1838. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good with no dust jacket. Illustrated by Martin, John (illustrator). Mezzotint; 4to 11" - 13" tall; [1], [iii], 373 pages; Light waterstain bottom margin first part of book. Intrudes into mezzotint design in diminishing amounts in the first 4 plates. Only the first one is visible beyond the margin. The eerie dark mezzotint plates are unusual and captivating. Tissue covered plates. Mild occasional foxing, some to plate margins. Collated complete with all 24 mezzotints present. All edges gilt. Bound in full orginal brown morrocco with bright gilt. This book has been restored and conserved by David Donahue of Philadelphia. This consisted primarily of partial reback with original spine and new headbands. Binding is Fine. A detailed Treatment Report from him is included. 10.5" x 7.25". ; 0. Bookseller Inventory # 34256

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Milton, John.

Published by London, Cassel, Petter and Galpin, ca. 1870. (1870)

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Item Description: London, Cassel, Petter and Galpin, ca. 1870., 1870. Groß-Folio (43 x 33,5 cm). 1 w. Bll., LXII, 329 S., 1 w. Bll. Roter Lederband der Zeit (signiert: A. W. Bain) auf 5 Bünden mit geprägtem Rückentitel und reicher Rücken-, Deckel-, Steh- und Innenkantenvergoldung, Goldschnitt und Marmorpapiervorsätzen. Einband von A. W. Bain. - Exlibris, Gelenke leicht berieben, Ecken leicht bestossen, hinterer Einbanddeckel lichtrandig und leicht beschabt, gelegentlich leicht (die ersten und letzten Blätter stärker) fleckig. - Sehr schönes Exemplar. Bookseller Inventory # 800140AB

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Milton, John.

Published by J. Beecroft, W.Strahan, J. And F. Rivington., London: (1775)

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Item Description: J. Beecroft, W.Strahan, J. And F. Rivington., London:, 1775. Full Contemporary Calf. Book Condition: Very Good. Eighth Edition. Folio. Paradise Lost. A Poem in Twelve Books. The Eighth Edition With Notes of various Authors, by Thomas Newton, D.D., London, 1775. Volume I - Frontispiece + five full page engravings, 491pp.; Volume II - Frontisportrait + three full page engravings, 460pp. +116pp. index. Volume III, Paradise Regain'd, A Poem, in Four Books to which is added Samson Agonistes: and Poems upon Several Occasions, London: 1777. Frontisportrait + five full page engravings. Original boards with ornate gilt spines show some wear and rubbing. Bindings very good, hinges show some starting but holding well. Spines executed in seven compartments with gilt decorations and lettering on red labels. Contents excellent with only some light toning to a few pages and the usual offsetting of the plates. A lovely 18th century set of Milton's masterpiece in a contemporary binding. 3 Volumes. Bookseller Inventory # 000279

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