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    John Milton; Francis Peck; Thomas Throckmorton, etc. New Memoirs of the Life and Poetical Works of Mr. John Milton: With I. An examination of Milton's Stile: And, II. Explanatory & Critical Notes on divers Passages of Milton & Shakespeare: By the Editor. III. Baptistes: A Sacred Dramatic Poem, in Defense of Liberty: as written in Latin, by Mr George Buchanan; or Archbishop Laud & Cardinal Wolsey compared: a Vision, by Milron. V. The Legend of Sir Nicholas Throckmorton, Kt. Chief Butler of England, who died of poison, Anno 1570. An Historical Poem: By (his nephew) Sir Thomas Throckmorton, Kt VI. Herod the Great: a Poem: By the Edior. VII. The Resurrection, a Poem in Imitation of Milton: by a Friend. And, VIII. A Discourse on the Harmony of the Spheres: by Milton. London: [Francis Peck,] 1740. Krown & Spellman retail: $650. First Edition. 4to. vi,[6],264, [5], 268-437,[5],5,[3],34,[2],7,[3]6,[2]pp. Modern 1/2 calf over cloth boards, title-label, bookplate of John H. Buck, margin of frontis, re-inforced at fore-edge; light soiling and foxing to prelims. Mezzotint frontis, copper-engraved plate, copper-engraved vignettes and initials. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

    More Information: "His researches were mainly confined to the seventeenth century, but were not sufficiently concentrated to render him an expert in dealing with the value of evidence or any other subjects of controversy. He was, however, commendably free from political bias. Some of his literary peculiarities are on the whole fairly characterized by William Cole, who writes of Peck: 'Had he lived longer we might have had many more curious pieces of antiquity, which he seems to have been in possession of; but the chief and great failing of this gentleman seemed to be an eager desire to publish as little in one volume as he could, in order to eke out his collections." ...The work, which was dedicated to Speaker Onslow, was adorned with a portrait of Milton which Peck obtained from Sir John Meres of Kirkby Beler in Leicestershire. Before the publication of the volume Vertue told Peck that the portrait was not Milton's, but Peck bade 'posterity settle the difference.' The critical notes on Milton and Shakespeare are remarkable, as being perhaps the first attempts made to illustrate their writings by extracts from contemporary writers, in accordance with the method subsequently followed by Steevens and Malone." DNB  ESTC t97528. Coleridge, Milton,380. Masson, Milton,IV,581. Parker, Milton,II,836,1013. Lowndes 1813. Williamson 139.

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