London, South Kensington
9 June 2015
MILTON, John (1608-1674). Paradise Lost [and Paradise Regain'd]. A Poem ... From the Text of Thomas Newton. Birmingham: John Baskerville for J. & R. Tonson, 1760. 2 volumes, 8° (245 x 155mm). List of subscribers. (Some light spotting.) Contemporary dark blue morocco, flat spines gilt in compartments with red morocco labels, sides panelled in gilt with corner tools of poppies, gilt edges (spines faded, stag’s head provenance mark deleted from foot of each spine panel, hinges rubbed). Provenance: Chrétien François de Lamoignon (1735-1789; binding, 'Bibliotheca Lamoniana' label, and his stamp on leaves A [vol. 1] and A2 [vol. 2]).
THE LAMOIGNON COPY, bound for him in his customary style. ‘Lamoignon entered public life at an early age and was an actor in the troubles which heralded the Revolution. First on the side of the Parlement and later on that of the king he was one of the assistants of Loménie de Brienne, whose unpopularity and fall he shared. He committed suicide on the 15th of May 1789’ (Encyc. Brit.). Lamoignon left behind an excellent library which was bought en bloc by Thomas Payne, who issued a catalogue in 1793. Gaskell 9 & 10.
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