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Paradise Lost. A Poem in Twelve Books

Paradise Regain'd. A Poem, in Four BooksTitle

By John Milton

1758 - Birmingham - J and R Tonson.

9" by 6"; 416pp; lxix, 390pp

 

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The first Baskerville editions of John Milton's epic poems.

To Paradise Regain'd there is also Milton's closet drama Samson Agonistes and Poems Upon Several Occasions.

With a life of Milton to the preface of Paradise Regain'd and an introductory preface by Baskerville to Paradise Lost.

Both of these volumes are printed by John Baskerville for J and R Tonson. They are some of the earliest books to be printed in his innovative transitional typeface.  

Both Paradise Lost and Paradise Regain'd are arguably some of John Milton's best poetical works with Paradise Lost being regarded as Milton's major work. Both are written in blank verse and relate to Christian history. Paradise Lost concerns the Biblical story of the Fall of Man, the temptation of Adam and Eve by the fallen angel Satan and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. It consists of ten books and over one thousand lines of verse. Paradise Regain'd shares similar theological themes to Paradise Lost and deals with the temptation of Christ as recounted in the Gospel of Luke.  One major concept of Paradise Regain'd is the idea of reversals due to Milton's aim to reverse the 'loss' of Paradise. Frequently, antonyms are often found next to each other, reinforcing the idea that everything that was lost in the first epic will be regained by the end of this brief, four book, epic. 

CONDITION

In full calf bindings Externally, rubbed. Particularly to the spine and joints in addition to the boards. Lacking both spine labels to vol II and most of the first spine label to vol I, as well as lacking the second spine label. Some holes to the rear board of volume I due to worming. Prior owner's bookplate to front pastedowns, James Hufsey. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright with some worming to the bottom margin of volume I throughout, does not affect text. The odd spot throughout both volumes. Overall: GOOD.


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