Engraved title-page portrait of Milton. [xii], 466 pp. 1 vols. Folio (14-1/2 x 9-1/2 inches)
by Milton, John
Glasgow: Printed by Robert and Andrew Foulis, Printers to the University, 1770. 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). 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. 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) (Inventory #: 302966)
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