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 #
Title: PARADISE LOST: A Poem in Twelve Books (with)...
Publisher: Arion Press 2002 & 2004
Publication Date: 2002
Book Condition: Book and portfolio fine
Edition: Limited edition.
Book Description The Arion Press, San Francicso [2002 & 2008], 2002. Hardcover with Slipcase. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. Color Portfolio Facsimile Illustrations (illustrator). First Edition Collectible. Text volume in black cloth with purple leather spine label and gilt spine titling, with matching black cloth slipcase, 4to, 397pp. Printed by Andrew Hoyem at the Arion Press. Hand numbered (Copy 243 of 400). Together with the companion black linen portfolio (22.25 x 17.25 inches) with printed paper title label to front; containing the first full-scale facsimiles of the suite of 13 watercolor drawings by William Blake. Reproduced from the originals at the Huntington Library and suitable for framing or display. Portfolio was Limited to 400 numbered copies; this copy No. 36. An ambitious and stunning production marking the 64th & 69th books printed by the Arion Press in celebration of Milton's 400th birthday. (minor light rubbing to text volume at spine). Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾". Bookseller Inventory # 0814422