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Paradise Regain'd, A Poem... To which is added Samson Agonistes. [Paradise Regained]
London: by J.M. for John Starkey. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE of Paradise Regained, with the first edition of Samson Agonistes (as issued); in beautiful Riviere and Son binding. "In August 1665 Milton had shown the unpublished manuscript of Paradise Lost to Thomas Ellwood, who read it and told Milton that 'thou hast said much here of Paradise Lost, but what hast thou to say of Paradise Found?' (Masson, 6.496). In the following year Ellwood visited Milton in London, and Milton showed him the manuscript of Paradise Regained, graciously telling Ellwood that 'this is owing to you; for you put it into my head by the question you put to me at Chalfont' (ibid., 6.654). It is possible that Paradise Regained, which depicts the temptations of Jesus in the desert, owes its pacific tone to the influence of the values of the Quaker community at Chalfont St Giles. The Jesus of Paradise Regained is not a warrior like the Son in book 6 of Paradise Lost, but rather a man who outwits his opponent…" (Dictionary of National Biography). This first edition of Paradise Regained includes the first edition of Milton's classic tragic drama Samson Agonistes, as issued. First issue: With "loah" for "loth" on F2 (p. 67). Complete with license leaf and errata. London: by J.M. for John Starkey, 1671. Octavo (173x106mm), nineteenth century full crimson crushed morocco by Riviere and Son with elaborate gilt tooling on boards; rebacked with original spine laid down. Decorative engraved bookplate of Florence de Wolfe Sampson. One neat early ink marginal note; text very clean with only occasional spots of soiling. A little closely cropped. A very handsome copy in a fine binding.
      [Bookseller: The Manhattan Rare Book Company]
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