A Lovely Copy of an Eighteenth Century Italian Translation of Paradise Lost

    John Milton. Il Paradiso Perduto ... Traduto in Verso Italiano da Felice Mariottini. London: G. Polidori, 1796.

    First Italian edition in octavo. Octavo (8.25 x 4.75 inches; 210 x 120 mm.). xi, [1, blank], 209, [1, blank]; iv, 208 pp.

    Contemporary full marbled calf, expertly rebacked to style with original lettering piece. Greek-key borders rolled in gilt, smooth spine ruled in blind, gilt green morocco lettering piece. A few instances of minor spotting to fore-edge. Light discoloration from an acidic bookmark to inner margins of M1v and M2r. Overall a very good copy, clean and bright.

    A lovely copy of an early Italian translation of Paradise Lost, and the first edition of the entire poem to have been printed in octavo. With a nineteenth century engraving of Milton (H.B. Hall & Sons, NY) laid in at the front.

    Brunet col. 1731. Lowndes p. 1270.

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