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MILTON, John.

Paradise Lost....

A Poem In Twelve Books. The Fourth Edition, Adorn'd with Sculptures.

Availability: In stock

Published: London By Miles Flesher, for Richard Bently, and Jacob Tonson, 1688

Stock Code: 133060

£6,500
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Notes

First folio and first illustrated edition of Milton's epic. In contrast to the plain dress first edition in small quarto of 1667 and the two octavo editions of 1674 and 1678, this folio edition (the fourth overall) announces the acceptance of Milton as a great national poet. The frontispiece has commendatory verses by John Dryden, the poetic apologist for the Restoration and monarchy; each book is preceded by a fine engraved plate by John Baptist de Medina and others; and the list of subscribers is over 500 names long. Because of the role played in its publication by the statesman and benefactor John, Lord Somers, this is sometimes called "the Somers edition".

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Description

Folio (313 x 190 mm). Contemporary calf, rebacked to style preserving the original red morocco label, board-edges gilt-rolled.

Illustrations

Engraved portrait frontispiece by R. White after William Faithorne, 12 engraved plates, some signed by M. Burghers and Peter Paul Bouche, three leaves of subscribers' names at the rear.

Condition

Some minor rubbing and light scratches to boards, frontispiece and title faintly darkened, ink splash to M3 and M4, closed tear from bottom of M3 not affecting text, occasional other light marks or mild dust soiling, but an attractive copy with the fair margins and a good impression to the plates, very good.

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