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MILTON, JOHN

Published by London: [Samuel Simmons for] Peter Parker, Robert Boulter & Mathias Walker (1667)

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Item Description: London: [Samuel Simmons for] Peter Parker, Robert Boulter & Mathias Walker, 1667. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First edition. This is a very rare example of Paradise Lost with the contemporary binding untouched and with a 1667 title page. This volume has been signed by women who owned it in the 17th and 18th centuries. Samuel Johnson wrote of Paradise Lost, “The characteristic quality of his poem is sublimity. He sometimes descends to the elegant; but his element is the great. He can occasionally invest himself with grace; but his natural port is gigantic loftiness. He can please when pleasure is required; but it is his particular power to astonish.” Thomas B. Macaulay hailed Milton as “the poet, statesman, the philosopher, the glory of English literature, the champion and martyr of English liberty.” Milton, who went blind in middle age in 1652, did not write Paradise Lost by hand. Instead, he dictated it to family and friends who served as his amanuenses. Each morning before rising from bed, Milton was read to from the Hebrew Bible, and later in the day he would dictate Paradise Lost, sometimes declaring impatiently “I want to be milked.” This copy has the second of the two 1667 title pages, of a total of six dated 1667 through 1669. The two 1667 title pages differ in the size of type for Milton’s name and in the rules and border. The likely explanation is that “the border rules were damaged and reset while the first title page was being printed. For the second title page, Milton’s name was printed in a slightly smaller type size because there was slightly less space available for it” (Dobranski, “Simmons’s Shell Game: The Six Title Pages of Paradise Lost”). This copy contains the added preliminaries including the errata, the short notice from “The Printer to the Reader,” “The Argument” (prose summaries of the individual books), and “The Verse,” in which Milton argues against the English practice of rhyming line endings in favor of blank verse, “Rime being no necessary Adjunct or true Ornament of Poem or good Verse, in longer works especially, but the Invention of a barbarous Age, to set off wretched matter and lame Meeter.” Examples of Paradise Lost with the 1667 title and in an untouched period binding are rare. Only one other such copy, an example sold at Sotheby’s in 1978, has appeared for public sale in the past fifty years. As the first title page is unobtainable in a contemporary binding, this is the most desirable example of Paradise Lost available. Quarto. Contemporary blind-ruled calf. Minor worming to outer margin of preliminaries, title stained and with repaired tear, closed tear to Oo2, small burn hole to Rr2 and Rr3. Minor rubbing, some wear to head of spine. Half morocco case. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-1487623145102

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Milton, John (1608-1674)

Published by Printed by Miles Flesher, for Jacob Tonson, at the Judge?s-Head in Chancery-lane near Fleet-street,, London: (1688)

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Item Description: Printed by Miles Flesher, for Jacob Tonson, at the Judge?s-Head in Chancery-lane near Fleet-street,, London:, 1688. 36.8 x 23.5 cm. Folio: I. [A]-B2, C-Z4, Aa-Xx4, Yy-Zz2, A2 II. A-R2; A-H4. With an added engraved portrait of Milton and 12 plates illustrating the first work. A Large Paper Copy of the First Illustrated Edition. With Paradise Regain?d & Samson Agonistes ?The only major English literary work with important engraved illustrations in the 17th century is the first illustrated edition of ?Paradise Lost.?? (Edward Hodnett)"?Paradise Lost? is at once a deeply traditional and a boldly original poem. Milton takes pains to fulfill the traditional prescriptions of the epic form; he gives us love, war, supernatural characters, a descent into Hell, a catalogue of warriors, all the conventional items of epic machinery. Yet no poem in which the climax of the central action is a woman eating a piece of fruit can be a conventional epic. [.] The way of life which Adam and Eve take up as the poem ends is that of the Christian pilgrimage through this world. Paradise was no place or condition in which to exercise Christian heroism as Milton conceives it. Expelled from Eden, our first ?grand parents? pick up the burdens of humanity as we know them, sustained by a faith that we also know, and go forth to seek a blessing that we do not know yet. They are to become wayfaring, warfaring Christians, like John Milton; and in this condition, with its weaknesses and strivings and inevitable defeats, there is a glory that no devil can ever understand. Thus Milton strikes, humanly as well as artistically, a grand resolving chord. It is the careful, triumphant balancing and tempering of this conclusion which makes Milton?s poem the noble architecture it is; and which makes of the end a richer, if not a more exciting, experience than the beginning." (Norton Anthology of English Literature) "Milton writes not only as a literary connoisseur but also as a scholar, appealing in his readers to a love of ordered learning like his own. Even the echoes of ancient phrase should often be considered, not as mere borrowings, conscious, or unconscious, but as allusions intended to carry with them, when recognized, the connotation of their original setting.The extraordinary thing is the way in which this object is accomplished without loss of poetic quality. The secret seems to be the degree to which the materials of learning have become associated with sensuous imagery and with moving poetical ideas. Milton is erudite, but all erudition is not for him of equal value. Winnowed, humanized, and touched with the fire of imagination, his studies have passed into vital experience and afford him as natural a body of poetical data as birds and flowers."(Hanford, A Milton Handbook, "Milton?s Style and Versification - with Special Reference to ?Paradise Lost?") I. Wing M2147; Shawcross 347; Coleridge 93; Pforzheimer 720; Wither to Prior #607; Hofer, Baroque Book Illustration, 16. II. Wing M2154; Shawcross 348; Coleridge 170; Pforzheimer 721 This copy is bound together with the author?s ?Paradise Regain?d? and ?Samson Agonistes? FIRST ILLUSTRATED EDITION and the first in folio of Paradise Lost (The first edition of the poem was printed in 1667.). Bookseller Inventory # 2249D

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Paradise Lost (2nd edition) and Paradise Regained: Milton, John

Milton, John

Published by S. Simmons (1674)

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Item Description: S. Simmons, 1674. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 2nd Edition. Rebound copy in leather. Contains the 2nd edition of Paradise Lost, 1674, and the 1st edition of Paradise Regained, 1671, but lacking Samson Agonistes. With previous owner's bookplate attached to front paste-down. Book very good. Some writing on verso of 2nd front free end paper in regards of the 2nd edition of this book. Tape on 2nd front free end paper at binding. Page bewteen two books cut out. Housed in a custom-made slipcase. Bookseller Inventory # 1610305

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Paradise Lost. A Poem In Twelve Books.: Milton, John. 1608-1674

Milton, John. 1608-1674

Published by London: Printed by Miles Flesher, for Jacob Tonson, at the Judge’s-Head in Chancery-lane near Fleet-street, (1688)

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Item Description: London: Printed by Miles Flesher, for Jacob Tonson, at the Judge’s-Head in Chancery-lane near Fleet-street, 1688. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 4th Edition. Folio, Large paper copy. 14 ¾ X 9 ¼ inches. This is the fourth edition but the first illustrated edition. [A]4, B2, C-Z4, Aa-Xx4, Yy-Zz2, Aa2. The engraved portrait frontispiece of Milton is bound opposite the title page. Twelve full-paged engravings accompany the text. The Frontispiece is Robert White’s engraved portrait with Dryden’s epigram. THERE IS A FULL PAGE Illustrations in for each book. Those for Books III, V, VI, VII, IX, X, XI by John Baptista de Medina, engraved by M. Burghers; Book IV, by Bernard Lens, engraved by P.P. Bouche; Book XII, by Henry Aldrich, engraved by Burghers; and Books I, II, uncertain but engraved by Burghers" (Shawcross). Internally, the copy is in excellent condition with wide, clean margins. Overall, it is an excellent, tall copy. Bound in full calf recently rebacked, a very nice Large Paper copy. “Paradise Lost is at once a deeply traditional and a boldly original poem. Milton takes pains to fulfill the traditional prescriptions of the epic form; he gives us love, war, supernatural characters, a descent into Hell, a catalogue of warriors, all the conventional items of epic machinery. Yet no poem in which the climax of the central action is a woman eating a piece of fruit can be a conventional epic. [.] The way of life which Adam and Eve take up as the poem ends is that of the Christian pilgrimage through this world. Paradise was no place or condition in which to exercise Christian heroism as Milton conceives it. Expelled from Eden, our first ‘grand parents’ pick up the burdens of humanity as we know them, sustained by a faith which we also know, and go forth to seek a blessing which we do not know yet. They are to become wayfaring, warfaring Christians, like John Milton; and in this condition, with its weaknesses and strivings and inevitable defeats, there is a glory that no devil can ever understand. Thus Milton strikes, humanly as well as artistically, a grand resolving chord. It is the careful, triumphant balancing and tempering of this conclusion which makes Milton’s poem the noble architecture it is; and which makes of the end a richer, if not a more exciting, experience than the beginning" (Norton). Bookseller Inventory # 629G

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Milton, John

Published by Printed by Robert and Andrew Foulis, Printers to the University, Glasgow (1770)

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Item Description: Printed by Robert and Andrew Foulis, Printers to the University, Glasgow, 1770. First Foulis edition, large paper issue. First Foulis edition, large paper issue. Engraved title-page portrait of Milton. [xii], 466 pp. 1 vols. Folio (14-1/2 x 9-1/2 inches). "Things unattempted yet ." The J.R. Abbey Copy. The Abbey copy of the Foulis Press Milton, which stands as one of the great achievements of 18th-century printing as well as arguably the finest setting of this greatest of all English epics. In a fine contemporary red morocco binding. Gaskell 510. Provenance: J.W. Lancaster (gift inscription from Honorable Harriet Douglas, March 12, 1821); Sylvester, Lord Glenbervie (bookplate); C.F. Wyatt (bookplate); Major J.R. Abbey (bookplate dated 1932; his sale, Sotheby's 1965, lot 484, £40 to Joseph, thence to David Magee) Contemporary full red morocco, covers gilt with wide floral border, center medallion comprised of small acorn, bird's head and thistle tools, spine with raised bands and seven panels, richly gilt with small tools in six, lettered in the one, marbled edges. Light wear to extremities, a few minor scuffs to coves and spine, with one small repair to spine panel. In a custom cloth slipcase Engraved title-page portrait of Milton. [xii], 466 pp. 1 vols. Folio (14-1/2 x 9-1/2 inches). Bookseller Inventory # 302966

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MILTON, John

Published by London Printed by S. Simmons (1674)

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Item Description: London Printed by S. Simmons, 1674. A Wonderful Copy of this Second Edition of Milton's Most Influential Work. MILTON, John. Paradise Lost. A Poem in Twelve Books.The Second Edition and Revised and Augmented by the Same Author. London: Printed by S. Simmons, 1674. Second edition, and the first edition to have the number of books extended from ten books to twelve. This was accomplished by dividing Books VII and X each into two parts. Small octavo (6 7/16 x 4 3/16 inches; 164 x 105 mm). [8], 333, [1, blank] pp. With frontispiece portrait of the author by Dolle. Lacking final blank leaf. Full 19th-century straight-grained morocco. Triple-ruled in gilt. and tooled in blind. Spine stamped in gilt and blind, lettered in gilt. Gilt dentelles. All edges gilt. Drab endpapers. Bookplate on front pastedown. Early ink numerical notations along outer margins and a slip of paper laid in with line counts, in a very early hand. Overall a very good copy of this second edition of Milton's most influential work. According to Milton's nephew, Edward Phillips, the changes between ten books and twelve books were made at Milton's direction and are among the last few literary works he performed. "Paradise Lost is the single greatest poetic achievement of the Seventeenth Century, as indeed Milton is its greatest writer, whether as a poet or polemicist. Milton's earlier, shorter poems, especially On the morning of Christ's Nativity, L'Allegro & Il Penseroso, On His Blindness, Comus & Lycidas, revealed his musical genius; Paradise Lost revealed the worrisome grandeur of his intellect. It is no doubt a measure of the breadth & depth & bent of his mind, as well as of the stresses of the England in which he lived - with its Civil War, Regicide & Restoration - that Milton would have attempted to justify the ways of God to men. And it is no doubt the implausibility - or impossibility - of his argument, of which his younger contemporary Pascal might have warned him, that undermined his ambition, causing Blake to call Milton a true Poet, but of the Devil's party without knowing it. However problematic, Paradise Lost still stands as one of the greatest, most noble and sublime poems in any language" (Dryden). John Dryden referred to Paradise Lost as "one of the greatest, most noble and sublime poems which either this age or nation has produced." Although the tremendously difficult circumstances under which Milton produced the work are legendary-he had been blinded by long years of service as secretary under Cromwell and was in political disfavor after the restoration of Charles II-the troubled printing history of the work is less well known. The publisher Samuel Simmons reluctantly agreed to print a small first edition of 1300 copies, as he was assuming a heavy risk in sponsoring an epic poem, for which no precedent in English publishing had been established. As payment for the first edition, Milton received a total of ten pounds. ESTC R13351. Wing M 2144. HBS 67761. $11,500. Bookseller Inventory # 67761

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Paradise Lost of Milton With Illustrations, Designed: MILTON, John

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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Milton, John

Published by Printed by S. Simmons, London (1674)

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Item Description: Printed by S. Simmons, London, 1674. Second Edition. 12mo., 333pp.; VG; spine paneled brown leather with gilt lettering and tooling; gilt panel at board edges; some bumping to corners, head and tail of spine; some wear to spine edges, spine edge between head and front board separated, front board slightly loose; frontispiece; small bookworm damage near spine at top edge of pages, 141-161, small amount of intermediate bookworm damage between pages 161 and the end some of which is in the text, some between pages 35 and 95 as an inch long scar that interferes with text; small amounts of other bookworm damage, mostly isolated to the top margin; interior clean of markings; JG consignment; shelved case 4. Dupont. Bookseller Inventory # 9-114-1271108

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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; --- Consignment. JG. Shelved in Case 4. Dupont. Bookseller Inventory # 9-114-1220094

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Paradise Lost.: MARTIN, John.) MILTON,

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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Paradise Lost. A Poem In Twelve Books.: Milton, John.

Milton, John.

Published by [Printed for Miles Flesher for Jacob Tonson]. Regain?d: R.E., sold by Randal Taylor, (1688)

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Item Description: [Printed for Miles Flesher for Jacob Tonson]. Regain?d: R.E., sold by Randal Taylor, 1688. Folio. 3 works in 1 vol. Collation: B2, C-2X4, 2Y-2A2, A-R2, A-H4. Pagination: [2], 343, [8], 66, [6], 57p. [Lacks portrait, as often, and title page, both supplied in fine facsimile]. Modern antique style calf with panels, speckled, gilt edges, floral gilt designs and gilt rules to spine, title on red leather label, new endpapers. Some light dampstains to outer top margins, light foxing, few outer margin edge tears, no affect, few contemporary ink notes to outer margins. Few small clean tears, with no affect, T2 small hole to outer margin, no affect. Clean tear at lower inner margin of second plate, repaired, small repair to verso third plate and small tear to fourth plate, both with no affect. 2Z2 with repairs to outer margins, no affect. Lacks, as often, the portrait of Milton, also lacks title page, both are supplied in facsimile on period paper. Includes list of subscribers, often missing. Despite very minor flaws, overall, a nice copy for an affordable price of a highly sought after, and usually very expensive book. Illustrations: 12 full page copperplates engraved by Michael Burghers and Peter Paul Bouche after John Bpatiste Medina, Bernard Lens, and others. [Lacks, as often, the portrait of Milton, but supplied in facsimile]. Due to fact original title page is missing we cannot certainly identify which variation publishing this is (at Judge?s Hill or at Post-Office in Russell, Bentley or Bentley and Tonson). Both copies cited by ESTC are identical in pagination (see citations listed below).?This rare volume contains the first folio edition of Paradise Lost and the first to be illustrated? [-Wither to Prior 607]. With rare subscribers list, ?among whom are all the most distinguished characters of the period? (Lowndes, 1558). Pages 251-297 misnumbered 151-197 (as usual). Paradise Regain?d and Samson Agonistes, each with separate pagination and individual title pages. ".in rescuing from obscurity or oblivion the masterpieces of English authors His first and best triumph in this neglected field was the fourth edition of Milton"s Paradise Lost, which Tonson published with Bentley in 1688 The 1688 edition, in the style of all of Tonson"s more elaborate books, was distinguished by excellent paper, large, clear type and ample margins." [-Kathleen Lynn, Tonson, Kit-Kat Publisher, p128]"Tonson seems to have considered this book his crowning effort for in his portrait, painted by Kneller, he holds a copy." [-Pforzheimer]Dryden referred to Paradise Lost as ?one of the greatest, most noble and sublime poems which either this age or nation has produced?.The epic poem Paradise Lost tells the story of Satan?s rebellion against God, his expulsion from Heaven, and how he tempted Adam and Eve. Paradise Regained tells the story of Jesus? temptation by Satan and how he resisted. Samson Agonistes is a tragedy based upon Samson of the Old testament, who has had his hair cut off (his super power), and his eyes cut out. Citations: Pforzheimer 720, 721. ESTC: R15589 & 13313. Wing M2147-48. Shawcross 345. First folio edition of both Paradise Lost & Regain?d, and the first illustrated edition of Paradise Lost. Very scarce, bound together. Bookseller Inventory # 20175

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Doves Press) Milton (John).

Published by Two vols. 4to, 200 leaves, pp[1-2] 3-388 [12] & 172 leaves, pp.[1-4] 5-[344], T.J. Cobden-Sanderson & Emery Walker at the Doves Press 1902 & 1905. (1905)

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Item Description: Two vols. 4to, 200 leaves, pp[1-2] 3-388 [12] & 172 leaves, pp.[1-4] 5-[344], T.J. Cobden-Sanderson & Emery Walker at the Doves Press 1902 & 1905., 1905. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. PARADISE LOST: One of 300 (plus 25 on vellum) copies set in 'Doves' face types on specially watermarked handmade paper. Seven- six- four- and two line initial letters printed in red. Four-line initial letters at the beginning of Books 2-12 are written in blue and red alternately. Bound in full limp vellum gilt-lettered PARADISE LOST, inner pastedown stamped THE DOVES BINDERY. Some light foxing to fore edge of title and fore edge of signature [a], appearing occasionally elsewhere at the fore-edge. Neat book label at rear. A very good copy. PARADISE REGAIN'D: One of 300 (plus 25 on vellum) copies set in 'Doves' face types on specially watermarked handmade paper. Two- to fifteen- line initial letters printed in red. Full limp vellum, gilt lettered PARADISE REGAINED, inner pastedown stamped THE DOVES BINDERY. Neat book label at rear. A fine copy. Seldom found together because of their separate dates of publication and the superior attractiveness of Paradise Lost. Bookseller Inventory # 11166

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DOVES PRESS. MILTON, John.

Published by Doves Press 1902 & 1905, Hammersmith (1902)

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Item Description: Doves Press 1902 & 1905, Hammersmith, 1902. Two volumes, each limited to 325 copies, apparently a married set. Printed in red and black throughout. Sm. 4to., original full limp vellum by the Doves Bindery, spine lettered in gilt. Regain'd is an extremely good, fresh and crisp copy, with only a slight scratch to the bottom of the spine, Lost has a dust-soiled top edge and a few creases and tiny marks but is fundamentally a good, bright copy. Paradise Regain'd has a remarkable inscription written by the printer Emery Walker on his 80th birthday in 1933 to Robert Catterson-Smith who was the principal of the Birmingham School of Art and who worked with Morris, Emery Walker and Burne-Jones on the Kelmscott Chaucer. Paradise Lost has a 1907 ownership inscription on the front free endpaper. Bookseller Inventory # 7373

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John Milton

Published by W. W. Norton & Company (1975)

ISBN 10: 0393044068 ISBN 13: 9780393044065

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Item Description: W. W. Norton & Company, 1975. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 393044068

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Paradise Lost [and] Paradise Regained: Milton, John

Milton, John

Published by The Cresset Press (Printed at the Shakespeare Head Press), (London) (1931)

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Item Description: The Cresset Press (Printed at the Shakespeare Head Press), (London), 1931. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Limited Edition. Folio - over 12 - 15" tall. 550 p. Limited edition of 195 copies printed on Batchelor handmade paper (there were also 10 copies printed on vellum). The final work printed by The Cresset Press when it was functioning as a printer of fine press books, thought by many to be its finest, and printed by Bernard Newdigate at the Shakespeare Head Press. With twenty wood-engravings by D. Galanis (16 full-page, plus head- and tail-pieces in each volume) and the title-page and initial letters by Anna Simons. From the second edition, revised and augmented by the Author, printed at London by S. Simmons in 1674. ***DESCRIPTION: Bound in full cream buckram with gilt lettering on the spines, fore- and bottom edges uncut, illustrations throughout the text, limitation statement for each volume at the end; note that this set has been matched, with Volume I being no. 130 of 195 copies and Volume II being no. 186 of 195; the condition of each volume is the same, the set is evenly matched. Folio size (approximately 14" tall), pagination: Volume I, (i)-xii, (1)-442, colophon; Volume II, (i-vi), (1)-88, colophon. Laid into the front of Volume II is an interesting piece of ephemera: a small squre of paper, printed in red with "I set / Paradise Lost & Regained / Nos. [186 hand-written in black ink] / Heffer". The hand-written number of 186 matches exactly the hand-written number on the colophon page of Volume II. Both volumes are housed in a slipcase covered in brown laid paper with a large watermark bearing the insignia of Rome (the wolf suckling Romulus and Remus), with "Roma" beneath, the slipcase has paper labels on the front and spine. ***CONDITION: Both volumes are near fine, with strong, square text blocks, solid hinges, corners gently bumped and not rubbed, the interiors are clean and bright, and the set is entirely free of prior owner markings other than some light former bookseller markings in pencil on the front endpapers of Volume I. The slipcase is near fine with just a hint of rubbing to several of the joints. ***CITATION: Ransom pg. 8. ***POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the Abe standard does not always cover costs; please contact us for details. ***Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help. Bookseller Inventory # CNJL358

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Item Description: Printed By John Baskerville for J. And R. Tonson, Birmingham / London, 1758. Full Leather. Book Condition: Near Fine. First Baskerville Edition. 2 volumes. Extra illustrated. Vol. 1: Pp. [xxx], [i]-lxix, 416. Frontispiece portrait + 17 engraved plates. Vol. 2: Pp. 390. 5 engraved plates. Excellent condition internally with very clean leaves and fine impressions of the plates; light waviness of the early leaves in teh first volume, faint offsetting from the plates to chapter title-pages. Handsome, contemporary 18-century binding in red goatskin with an intricate gilt-stamped filigree rhombus-shaped design to centre of both upper and lower boards, 5 raised bands with gilt-stamped compartments and double leather spine labels, inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt over marble, doubled headbands. Although the binding is not signed, it is reminiscent of the work of Roger Payne, however one cannot be certain. Covers lightly scuffed, spines, light fading to spines, otherwise a very good copy, handsome on the shelf. Size: Octavo. Bookseller Inventory # 23094

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BASKERVILLE MILTON John

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Item Description: 1758. MILTON, John. Paradise Lost. WITH: Paradise Regain’d. Birmingham: Printed by John Baskerville for J. and R. Tonson, 1758. Two volumes. Octavo, mid-20th century full red morocco, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, raised bands, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Housed in custom slipcase. $3600.First Baskerville Press edition of Milton’s Paradise Lost—"one of the greatest poems in the English language"—and other works, handsomely bound.First published in 1667, "Paradise Lost is generally conceded to be one of the greatest poems in the English language; and there is no religious epic in English which measures up to Milton’s masterpiece Milton performed an artist’s service to his God" (Magill, 511, 515). The sequel, Paradise Regained, followed in 1671. This first Baskerville Press edition of Milton (1759 and 1760 editions followed) occupies a considerably important place in the history of printing, for it carries Baskerville’s three-page preface to Paradise Lost in which he states his aims and ideals as a fine printer and comments on type, ink and other elements of his craft—his only such published statement: "It is not my desire to print many books; but such only as are books of Consequence which the public may be pleased to see in an elegant dress " This edition, from the text of Thomas Newton, also includes Sampson Agonistes, Poems on Several Occasions and a 49-page Life of Milton (the latter bound herein in Volume II). Simultaneously issued in quarto. Volume I with list of "Subscriber’s Names." Gaskell 4a, 5a. Minor holes to top margin of gathering E in Volume II. Fine condition. Bookseller Inventory # 85635

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John Milton

Published by Doubleday (1974)

ISBN 10: 0385079923 ISBN 13: 9780385079921

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Item Description: Doubleday, 1974. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0385079923

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Milton, John

Published by London: Printed for J. Beecroft, W. Strahan, and Others, 1775 (1775)

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Item Description: London: Printed for J. Beecroft, W. Strahan, and Others, 1775, 1775. Eighth Edition.. Eighth Edition. Two volumes, very clean and tight. Owner's plate and name. All original. Photos available. Book. Bookseller Inventory # 2308

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Paradise Lost: Milton, john

Milton, john

Published by Bently and Tonson (1691)

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Item Description: Bently and Tonson, 1691. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 5th or later Edition. Richard Bently and Jacob Tonson,1691. Fifth edition. Missing all plates except the frontispiece. Some tears on pages throughout. Small pieces missing on corner of some pages. Small cut-out at middle of page on right side from p.175 for four pages. Paper tape on front and rear inside hinges. Book plate attached to front paste-down. Handwritten inscription on front free end paper. Some water damage along bottom and sides of pages starting at about p. 175 towards rear of book. Housed in a custom-made slipcase. Bookseller Inventory # 1608305

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John Milton

Published by Cyber Classics (1998)

ISBN 10: 1557012318 ISBN 13: 9781557012319

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Item Description: Cyber Classics, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # SONG1557012318

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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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Paradise Lost, Paradise Regain'd: Milton, John (Thomas

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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THE POETICAL WORKS. With notes of various: Milton, John; illustrated
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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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THE POETICAL WORKS. With notes of various: MILTON. JOHN. --
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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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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 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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Paradise lost, a poem: Milton, John

Milton, John

Published by printed by Robert and Andrew Foulis, printers to the University, Glasgow (1770)

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Item Description: printed by Robert and Andrew Foulis, printers to the University, Glasgow, 1770. Large (demy) folio, pp. [12], 466, [10]; engraved vignette portrait of Milton on the title page; contemporary full diced russia, triple gilt rules on covers, gilt-paneled spine in 7 compartments, red morocco label in 1, a.e.g.; rebacked with old spine laid down; extremities a bit worn and the joints rough; otherwise very good. Among the subscribers to this edition are Dr. William Hunter who took 6 copies, Lord Monboddo, James Beattie, and David Hume. The book was also issued in a smaller (foolscap) folio. Gaskell 510. Bookseller Inventory # 48668

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Paradise lost. A poem, in twelve books: Milton, John

Milton, John

Published by printed by John Baskerville for J. & R. Tonson in London, Birmingham (1759)

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Item Description: printed by John Baskerville for J. & R. Tonson in London, Birmingham, 1759. 4to, 2 volumes; portrait frontispiece; later full strait-grain red morocco, gilt-decorated rules, spines and turn-ins, title page of volume 2 in the earlier, uncancelled state, with "SAMPSON" erased and overprinted; joints a little rubbed, 1936 gift insciption on flyleaf of volume 1, a few pages of volume 2 creased and a contemporary note on a single page. A handsome copy. Gaskell: "There are usually no plates (in Paradise Lost), but occasionally a frontispiece and a set of 12 plates are found." In this copy of Paradise Lost only the portrait is present. Baskerville produced octavo editions of Milton in 1758 and 1760, and quartos in 1758 and 1759. The quarto of 1758 was from the same setting as the octavo, but for the edition of 1759 the book was entirely reset (except for the title page of Paradise Lost). Gaskell 6 and 7. Bookseller Inventory # 48656

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