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The Works of John Milton in Verse and Prose - The Rev. John Mitford - 1851. 
London - William Pickering 1851 - A beautifully bound set of Pickering'sdecoratedcompleteWorks of John Milton,including verse, prose, and a life of the author. Bound by Hayday, with his bookbinder's stamp to the front free endpapers. With a facsimile of the Agreement between Milton and Symonds, and plate of the 'Pedigree of Milton'. This is widely thought of as the finest set by Pickering, and is often found in particularly fine bindings as a result. This set is an excellent example. John Milton, was an English poet, author, polemicist and civil servant for the Commonwealth of England. He is best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost, included here in the second volume. He was a scholarly man of letters, a polemical writer, and an official serving under Oliver Cromwell. He wrote at a time of religious and political flux in England, and his poetry and prose reflect deep convictions. As well as English, he wrote in Latin and Italian, and had an international reputation during his lifetime. John Mitford was an English literary scholar, and Church of England clergyman. As well as clerical duties, Mitford contributed articles to theGentlemans Magazine, and became the editor of its new series in 1834. Mitford was an indefatigable student of the Greek and Roman classics, and was well acquainted with the principal French, German, and Italian authors. He was well read in English literature, and was an ardent lover of painting. Amongst other literary efforts, Mitford edited numerous works in Pickerings Aldine editions, and in 1851 Mitford edited in eight volumesThe Works of Milton in Verse and Prose, and wrote for it a memoir, expanded from that in the 1832 edition of Milton's poems. (DNB)Collated: complete. Condition: In full morocco Hayday signed bindings, with gilt borders and titles. Externally excellent with just a little rubbing to the heads and tails of the spines, and to the extremities. Each volume has a personal bookplate to the front pastedown. The bookplate has often offset a little. Generally clean and bright throughout, and firmly bound. Overall: NEAR FINE [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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