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John Milton
1697 1st Collected Edition-The Works of Mr. John Milton-Later Victorian Binding
London: The Works of Mr. John Milton, Printed in the Year 1697, John Milton, the first collected edition of Milton's prose works, 568 pages, later Victorian binding, small folio. In fair condition. Rebound in Victorian binding. Rubbing along spine and along corners. Scratch marks on front board. Marbled end papers. Marginalia in pencil throughout textblock. Gutter is tender. First three pages of text block are becoming loose. Light foxing throughout. Age-toning. Pages 565 to back end papers are loose. Overall, a nice readable copy. Please see photos. The first collection of Milton's Prose Works, preceding by one year Toland's edition of 1698. Rare and until recently almost unknown. John Milton was an English poet and intellectual who served as a civil servant for the Commonwealth of England under its Council of State and later under Oliver Cromwell. Considered the "greatest English author" and generally regarded "as one of the preeminent writers in the English language" John Dryden, an early enthusiast, in 1677 began the trend of describing Milton as the poet of the sublime. Many enlightenment thinkers of the 18th century revered and commented on Milton's poetry and non-poetical works--Alexander Pope, Joseph Addison, Thomas Newton and Samuel Johnson amongst the intellectuals who admired his poetry. He is stated as being second to William Shakespeare as the greatest English poet and writer. RAREB1697KVYA. [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: robinrarebooks [Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States]
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