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Paradise Lost; Paradise Regained - BASKERVILLE MILTON John - 1758. 
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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