“A PRICELESS AND INALIENABLE POSSESSION”: HANDSOMELY BOUND EDITION OF MILTON’S POEMS, ARRANGED IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
MILTON, John. The Poems of John Milton. London: Chatto & Windus, 1925. Two volumes. Octavo, mid-20th century three-quarter red morocco gilt rebacked with original spine laid down, raised bands, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. $800.
Later, chronologically ordered edition of Milton’s verse—including his masterpiece “Paradise Lost,” arguably the finest epic poem in the English language—handsomely bound by Bayntun.
“Time is not apt to change the perception a normal reader has of coming into a priceless and inalienable possession” when reading Milton (Baugh et al., 673). These handsomely bound volumes include the epic poems “Paradise Lost”—“one of the greatest, most noble and sublime poems which either this age or nation has produced” (John Dryden)—its sequel “Paradise Regained” and “Samson Agonistes,” as well as such shorter poems as “Lycidas,” “Comus,” “L’Allegro” and “Il Penseroso,” all arranged in chronological order of composition, irrespective of language.
A handsome copy.