"Who ere while the happy Garden sung, by one man's disobedience lost, now sing": Eighteenth century example of The Poetical Works of Mr. John Milton
The Poetical Works of Mr. John Milton (Including Paradise Lost).
Item Number: 95351
London: Printed for Jacob Tonson, 1720.
Eighteenth century example of Milton’s poetical works including his masterpiece Paradise Lost. Quarto, 2 volumes, bound in contemporary full brown calf, gilt titles and elaborate gilt tooling to the spine, raised bands, red morocco spine labels, all edges speckled red, engraved frontispieces and title vignettes. In very good condition.
English poet and polemicist John Milton was active during a time of religious flux and political upheaval and became best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost written in blank verse. Writing in English, Latin, Greek, and Italian, he achieved international renown during his lifetime and introduced many new words to the English language. In his 1796 biography, William Hayley referred to him as the "greatest English author", and he remains generally regarded "as one of the preeminent writers in the English language."
Other Books by this Author
"FAST BY THE ORACLE OF GOD, I THENCE INVOKE THY AID TO MY ADVENTUROUS SONG": FIRST EDITION OF JOHN MILTON'S MASTERPIECE PARADISE LOST
London: S. Simmons for S. Thomson, H. Mortlack, M. Walker, R. Boulter, 1668.
First edition of Milton’s masterpiece. Small octavo, bound in full 19th century navy morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, fleuron cornerpiece designs within gilt frames, all edges gilt, inner dentelles, marbled endpapers. With the fourth title with Milton‘s name spelled out and the correct imprint, the title and text within box rules, a reissue of sheet a4 added, containing Milton‘s argument for Books I-X, the defense of blank verse, and the errata. Armory’s second issue of the title page. In near fine condition, faint ownership signature and erasures. Housed in a custom cloth slipcase. An exceptional example, rare and desirable.
"I who ere while the happy garden sung, by one man's disobedience lost, now sung Recover'd Paradise to all mankind": John Milton's Paradise Regain'd. A Poem in Four Books To which is added Samson Agonistes
Paradise Regain’d. A Poem in Four Books To which is added Samson Agonistes: and Poems upon Several Occasions.
Birmingham: Printed by John Baskerville for J. and R. Tonson, 1759.
Early example of Milton’s work on the the temptation of Christ as recounted in the Gospel of Luke. Quarto, bound in contemporary tree calf, gilt titles to the spine, gilt ruled dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. In very good condition.
London: Printed by Miles Flesher, for Jacob Tonson, at the Judge's-Head in Chancery-lane near Fleet-street, 1688.
First illustrated edition of Milton’s masterpiece. Folio, bound in full calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, marbled endpapers, with portrait frontispiece, illustrated throughout. In very good condition with some toning to the text. An exceptional example.
Finely bound subscriber's edition of Paradise Lost with notes by Bishop Thomas Newton and a Life of the Author
Paradise Lost: With The Life of the Author and A Critical Dissertation on the Poetical Works of Milton by Samuel Johnson.
London: Printed for J. Parsons, 1796.
Finely bound subscriber’s edition of Milton’s Paradise Lost with notes by Bishop Thomas Newton. Octavo, bound in full red morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised gilt bands, gilt rules with floral gilt borders to the front and rear panels, inner dentelles, all edged gilt, marbled endpapers, ribbon bound in, illustrated with engravings, advertisements, list of subscribers, and index. Also containing the Life of Milton and A Critical Dissertation on the Poetical Works of Milton by Samuel Johnson. In near fine condition. An exceptional example.
Printed for J. Johnson and 25 other firms partnerships and individuals by Bye and Law, 1801 &, 1806.
First Todd edition, consisting of seven volumes along with the Symmons seven volume set. Octavo, 14 volumes. Full contemporary leather, gilt titles to the spine, gilt tooling to the front and rear panel, marbled endpapers. Steel engraved frontispiece of Milton to volume one of the Todd edition. Text in English and Latin. A beautiful set.
Eighteenth century example of Milton's masterpiece, Paradise Lost: A Poem in Twelve Books and Paradise Regain'd. To which is added Samson Agonistes: And Poems upon Several Occasions; Finely Bound
Paradise Lost: A Poem in Twelve Books and Paradise Regain’d. To which is added Samson Agonistes: And Poems upon Several Occasions.
London: Printed for J.F. and C. Rivington et al, 1790.
Eighteenth century example of Milton’s masterpiece, Paradise Lost: A Poem in Twelve Books and Paradise Regain’d. Octavo, 4 volumes bound in full contemporary tree calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine red morocco spine labels, gilt ruled, marbled endpapers, ribbons bound in, all edges speckled brown, engraved frontispiece to two volumes. In near fine condition. A desirable example.
"To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often": Winston Churchills Collected Works; 38 Volumes In Full Vellum In the Original Slipcases; Inscribed by Clementine and Mary Soames
London: Library of Imperial History In association With Charles Scribner's Sons and The Hamlyn Publishing Group Limited, 1973-76.
Centenary limited edition of Sir Winston S. Churchill’s collected works, inscribed by both his wife and youngest daughter in the year of the centenary of his birth to the winner of the 1974 C & G Gimcrack Horse Race at that very race. Octavos, 34 volumes bound in the original full vellum with gilt titles and gilt-stamped Churchill coat of arms to the spines and front panels, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Each volume housed in the original dark green slipcase which is also gilt-stamped with the Churchill coat of arms. One of only 3,000 sets produced, this is number 143. Volume I, which contains My Early Life and My African Journey is inscribed by The Baroness Clementine Churchill opposite her preface, “Inscribed by Clementine Spencer Churchill” as well as her youngest daughter Mary, “presented by her youngest daughter Mary Soames, “and presented by her daughter to Mr. Ravi Tikkoo at York Races August the 22nd 1974.” The inscribed volume is housed in a custom oak and vellum clamshell box with ornate claw feet, velvet lining, and gold plaque which reads, C and G Gimcrack Stakes 1974 Presented to Mr. Ravi Tikkoo Owner of Steel Heart (Habitat – A. I. by Abernant) Winner of the C & G Gimcrack Stakes 1974, by Lady Soames in the Centenary Year of the Birth of Her Father Sir Winston Churchill.” In excellent condition. A brilliant set with exceptional provenance.
Rare First Edition of Edmond Halley's Astronomical Tables with Precepts both in English and Latin for Computing the Places of the Sun, Moon, Planets, and Comets
Astronomical Tables with Precepts both in English and Latin for Computing the Places of the Sun, Moon, Planets, and Comets.
London: Printed for William Innys, 1752.
First edition in English of Halley’s classic work. Quarto, bound in contemporary full calf, gilt titles to the spine, gilt embossed stamp of The Society of Writers to the Signet on the front and rear panel, copper-engraved frontispiece portrait. Edited by John Bevis. In very good condition with light rubbing and wear.
“AND THE DUST SUBSIDED, AND BEHOLD, THE JINNEE, WITH A DRAWN SWORD IN HIS HAND, HIS EYES CASTING FORTH SPARKS OF FIRE”: FINELY BOUND SET OF THE THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS
London: Chatto & Windus, 1912.
Octavo, 3 volumes of The Thousand and One Nights. Bound in three quarters morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, marbled endpapers, gilt topstain. Translated from the Arabic, with copious notes by Edward William Lane. Edited by his nephew Edward Stanley Poole. Illustrations from the designs of William Harvey. In near fine condition. An attractive set.
"China, with her five thousand years of history, her vast territory and her enormous population stands like a mountain peak among the nations of the world": Photographic View Book of China, Manchuria, and Korea during the period of Japanese occupation
Japan: c. 1930.
First edition, oblong quarto, original boards. Gilt-lettered cloth, string-bound. Text in Japanese with captions in both Chinese and English. Illustrated with photographs throughout, large folding panorama of the Great Wall of China; folding map of Korea, Manchuria and portions of northeastern China. A unique record of history.