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The Paradise Lost of John Milton (2 Vols.). with illustrations, designed and engraved by John Martin
London: Septimus Prowett, 1827. First edition thus. Imperial octavo (pages 261 x 182 mm), collating: [vi, including half-title, title and dedication], 228; [iv, half-title & title], 218; complete with 24 mezzotint engravings (several with tissue-guards). 19th-century full calf with blind and gilt stamping, black morocco spine labels, raised bands and all edges gilt, wonderfully preserved, with small ink stain on vol. 2. Internal contents suffer from varying degrees of foxing from moderate to heavy. & & John Martin (1789 - 1854) was a noted English Romantic Painter and engraver. His work for Samuel Prowett, found in these volumes, was the apex of his engraving career and stands as one of the greatest illustrated editions of "Paradise Lost" ever produced. His engravings are dazzling in their contrasting palpable darkness and piercing light and prove almost equal to the task of representing Milton's literary masterpiece.
      [Bookseller: Whitmore Rare Books]
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