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Paradise Lost; Paradise Regained - BASKERVILLE MILTON John - 1758. [1270991]
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. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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