11 - 13 July 2000
MILTON, John (1608-1674). Paradise Lost. London: printed by S. Simmons ... to be sold by T. Helder, 1669.
4° (172 x 125mm). Title and text within ruled border. Woodcut headband and initial at the start of each book. (Title with short tears at upper and outer margin and several erased or faint ownership inscriptions, some browning, Z3 and 2D2 with closed tears, about a dozen leaves shaved at lower margin with some loss of rule, I1v with soil mark affecting first three lines, 2F4r with smaller soil mark.) Late 19th-century brown morocco by Rivière, sides with central oval lozenge enclosed by an inner and outer panel of gilt and blind rules, the inner panel with fleurons at corners, gilt spine, marbled endpapers, gilt edges (upper joints a little rubbed, slight scuff marks). FIRST EDITION, fifth title page [Amory's issue no. 3]: Hugh Amory 'Things Unattempted Yet' in The Book Collector, Spring 1983, pp. 41-66; Grolier Wither to Prior 603; Pforzheimer 718; Wing M-2142.
John MILTON. Paradise Regained ... to which is added Samson Agonistes. London: by J. M. for John Starkey, 1671. 8° (172 x 107mm). Woodcut ornaments. (Washed, a few headlines shaved with partial loss, faint dampstain at upper margin from quire H to end.) Blue morocco by Rivière and Son, triple gilt fillets, gilt spine, gilt edges. Provenance: Samuel Salter 1768 (signature on license leaf); Donald Dussek 10th Nov. 1944 (signature on front free endpaper). FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE with the reading of 'Loah' for 'loth' on F2. Coleridge 168; Grolier Wither to Prior 613; Wing M-2152. (2)
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