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Paradise Regain'd: A Poem in IV Books. To which is added Samson Agonistes
London: Printed by J. M. for John Starkey at the Mitre in Fleetstreet, near Temple-Bar, 1671. First edition Second State. Hardcover. g- to fine. With Exlibris of the library of publisher Nelson Doubleday. Octavo. License opposite title page (both with blank versos), 111 (1 blank page), 101, (1) Omissa followed by (1) Errata and blank verso; additional blank leaf. Rebacked in calf retaining the original boards and spine, housed in a light brown leather clamshell box with marbled paper inside and gilt lettering on spine. Decorative headpieces. Page 67, "loth" corrected from 1st state "loah." Errata page with "Corrected" in brown ink and fine handwriting above Errata, printed text crossed out and all correction administered in fine handwriting on respective pages in text. "Paradise Regain'd" is the sequel to Milton's epic poem "Paradise Lost" which was modelled after Virgil's Aeneid. It is similar thematically, in its theological themes and the use of blank verse, though deals primarily with the temptation of Christ featuring the idea of reversals as implied in the title. "Samson Agonistes," printed with separate title page, is considered a tragic "closet drama" that is to be read onstage by one or a small group of actors. Milton draws on Samson, the Israelite warrior, combining Greek tragedy with Hebrew Scripture. By giving Samson traits of other Biblical figures Milton hoped to create a character capable of dealing with complex theological issues. It was written at about the same time as "Paradise Regain'd" and published with it in 1671. However, the exact time of its creation remains uncertain. Following the last page, the "Omissa" with the printed text that was omitted on page 89, after verse 537, also marked in brown ink on page 89. Binding with light wear along edges, small tears and scuffs and crumbling spine. Exlibris on inside front cover. Reinforced at inside gutters. Brief inked note on copyright page. Clamshell box in fine, binding in good-, interior in very good condition.
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