Birmingham: John Baskerville for J. and R. Tonson, 1760. First Thus. Finely bound by Bayntun in full straight-grained morocco, with floral borders on the boards, gilt titles on the spine with decorative stamping, all-edges gilt, marbled end papers. Some wear to the outer joints, one short split at the crown of volume 2, with short tear across the spine. Internal contents in excellent condition. A lovely copy of a celebrated edition. With the small morocco bookplates of Walter Chrystler in each volume.
John Dryden referred to Paradise Lost as "one of the greatest, most noble and sublime poems which either this age or nation has produced." The tremendously difficult circumstances under which Milton produced the work are legendary— he had been blinded by long years of service as secretary under Cromwell and was in political disfavor after the restoration of Charles II. In the face of these trials, Milton created an epic poem about dual falls that put divine and royal power to question, for not only does Lucifer fall from grace and begin a war in Heaven, but he leads humans astray in the Garden of Eden and brings about the fall of man. Yet Milton's sequel brings about a new hope for man -- and the restoration of doubters' faith in the divine. Paradise Regained follows the trials and sacrifice of Christ and the forgiveness of sin. Very Good + (Item #4814)