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A Complete Collection of the Historical, Political, and Miscellaneous Works of John Milton

Correctly printed from the Original Editions. With an Historical and Critical Account of the Life and Writings of the Author; Containing several Original Papers of His, Never before Published.

In Two Volumes

Edited by Thomas Birch.

1738 - London - A. Millar

12.5" by 8.5", xcvii, 628; (2), 617, (24)pp

 

 

 



 

DETAILS

The two volume folio first edition of Thomas Birch's collection of works by John Milton, including his comprehensive life of the author.

Bound in leather with gilt lettering and decoration. These volumes have been rebacked.

Complete in Two Volumes.

Includes An Historical and Critical Account of the Life and Writings of John Milton by Thomas Birch.

"In this new Edition of Milton's Prose Works, the Pieces are disposed according to the Order in which they were first printed... To make the Work more complete, the Editor has compiled a full and faithful Account of the Author's Life; containing besides the Particulars given us by Toland, and other Authors, many never before printed, with several Pieces now first published from the original Manuscripts of Milton... To the Work is subjoined a large Alphabetical Index, which no other Edition has; and the Impression is much more beautiful and correct than any hitherto published." From the Advertisement to the Reader.

With an engraved portrait frontispiece of John Milton.

The title pages are in red and black.

With the armorial bookplate to the front pastedowns, and ink signature to the title pages, of American academic Barret Wendell.

Thomas Birch, 1705 1766, was an English historian. "In 1732 Birch was appointed to the General Dictionary, Historical and Critical... Separate historical works also grew out of the General Dictionary. First came The Works of Mr John Greaves (1737) followed by the complete collection of the works of John Milton (1738) and the massive seven-volume compilation of the state papers of John Thurloe (1742)." (DNB)

Barrett Wendell, 1855 1921, was an American academic. Educated at Harvard, he became an Instructor, and later, Professor of English there. He was a trustee of the Boston Athenaeum, a member of the Massachusetts Historical Society, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

CONDITION

The bindings are tight. The boards of volume 1, and the front board of volume 2, are detached, but are held by the reinforced inner hinges. The rear hinge of volume 2 is starting. There is wear to the extremities, including rubbing, with loss to the spine labels. Internally the pages are generally bright with only the odd scattered spot and occasional mark. There is very slight evidence of past worming, that does not affect the text, to the rear of volume 1 and the front of volume 2 but this is very marginal. With an copperplate ink signature for Robert Chambers to the title pages. Overall the condition is good only due to some slight remedial work needed to the early binding, with a very good interior.


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