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The Paradise Lost of Milton. With Illustrations by John Martin.
1858 - 4to. Contemporary red pebble-grain morocco by Andrew Grieve of Edinburgh, boards with wide gilt borders and large oval gilt device at centre of both covers, spine lettered in gilt, and richly gilt in compartments, all edges gilt with rich gauffering; pp. [x], 373; 24 full-page mezzotinted plates by John Martin. Spine a little darkened, just a little rubbing to boards, occasional light, inoffensive, foxing, neat ink inscription, generally a very good clean copy - much nicer than is usually found. One of the most famous illustrated books published in England and the only book for which John Martin is now remembered. It was first published in 1827 in several forms. Septimus Prowett, the original publisher, paid Martin the exceptional sum of £2,000 to do 24 folio size mezzotints to illustrate Paradise Lost and a further £1,500 for a smaller set of the same designs. "The publication was a complete success, and Martin's plates won lasting renown . There have been many ambitious schemes of publishing which have failed because the artist did not rise to the height of his opportunity, but this was emphatically not the case with Martin . among the plates of Paradise Lost there is a high proportion of unique and original design." (Thomas Balston, John Martin 1789-1854). [Attributes: Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Henry Sotheran Ltd]
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