THE POETICAL WORKS OF MR. 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
by Milton, John
London: Jacob Tonson, 1695. First Collected Edition. Hardcover. Quarto, 343, , 321, , 66, 57, 60 pages; VG; bound in contemporary brown leather boards, rebacked with new paneled spine, with each panel having a double ruled upper and lower border, one panel has a burgundy label with gilt lettering; boards diced in blind, with moderate wear to boards; a large water-stain permeates the volume, impacting the entire top edge of the text block and extending down wards, the most impacted pages are towards the beginning and end of the volume; collation: , A-B², C-Z⁴, Aa-Yy⁴, A¹, B-Z², Aa-Zz², Aaa-Zzz², Aaaa-Nnnn², Mmmm³, A-R², A-H⁴, A-C², D², *D², E-Q²; Engraved frontispiece portrait by R. White with Dryden's epigram, frontispiece trimmed and attached to a new endpaper and bound into the correct place; Lll² has a small amount of marginalia; closed tear to middle gutter margin of Ee², fore edge of Gg¹, top edge of Ll⁴; Paradise Lost lacking frontispiece, but with all 12 plates as called for, one per chapter, bound in opposite title page, E⁴, K¹, N¹, R², X¹, Aa⁴, Dd², Gg¹, Ll⁴, Qq², Uu¹. The 12 engraved illustrations are from the 1688 edition.; Consists of seven parts, all bound together as issued: 1) Paradise Lost, printed by Tho. Hodgkin, for Jacob Tonson, 1695, Sixth Edition with Sculptures, Second Illustrated Edition, with 12 engraved illustrations from the 1688 edition, one for each book of Paradise Lost, 2) A Table [i.e. index], First Edition, 3) Annotations on Milton's Paradise Lost by P.[atrick] H.[ume], printed for Jacob Tonson, 1695, First Edition, 4) Paradise Regain'd, to which is added Samson Agonistes, Printed by R. E. and are to be sold by Randal Taylor, 1688, Third Edition, First Folio Edition, 5) Samson Agonistes, Printed and are to be sold by Randal Taylor, 1688, Third Edition, First Folio Edition, 6) Poems upon Several Occasions, Printed for Jacob Tonson, 1695, Third Edition, First Folio Edition, 7) Joannis Miltoni Londinensis Poemata (half-title) Wickenheiser 1760, Coleridge 214, Shawcross, Kentucky 110, Kohler 266; JG consignment; shelved case 0. Hume's Annotations is considered to be the first critical study of Paradise Lost.; The 1695 edition of Paradise Lost contains line numbers not present in the 1688 edition.; "Parker comments that although each of Milton's poetical works herein has a separate title page, there does not seem to have been any separate publication on a significant scale. (Parker, pp. 1194-95, note 176)" [Wickenheiser]. Dupont. (Inventory #: 9-36-1292420)
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