MILTON, JOHN. Paradise lost. A Poem in Ten Books. London: Printed by S. Simmons, and to be sold by T. Helder, 1669. 4to, 176 x 130 mm. (6 15/16 x 5 1/8 in.), contemporary sheep, covers panelled in blind with double fillets, double vertical fillets parallel to joints, smooth spine blind-ruled in compartments, edges sprinkled red, small unobtrusive restorations to lower cover and spine, offsetting of turn-ins to free endpapers (frayed), a1 border rule shaved, fols. T4, and Ss3-4 each with a 1-inch tear entering text block, corners of T4 and Ff1 torn away, catching border rule of T4 and a letter of Ff1, occasional foxing, a few minor small stains. FIRST EDITION, Amory's issue no. 3 (the traditional fifth title), woodcut initials, typographical title and head-piece title ornaments. Hugh Amory, "Things Unattempted Yet," in The Book Collector, vol. 32, no. 1, Spring 1083, pp. 41-66; Wing M-2142.
Provenance: M. Harrison; Lawrence Harrison, 1810; Lawrence J. Harrison 1851, signatures on front free endpaper.