DescriptionJohn Milton. Paradise Lost. A Poem in Ten Books. London: Printed by S. Simmons, and to be sold by S. Thomson, H. Mortlack, M. Walker, and R. Boulter, 1668.
First edition, fourth title-page (Amory 2). A made up copy, with some leaves supplied from other copies, some in duplicate (L3, R2, T1, Z3, Gg1, Gg2, and Kk1). Small quarto (6.875 x 5.25 inches; 175 x 134 mm.). [352 (of 356)] pages (unpaginated). Signature collation: *A4 a4 A-Z4 Aa-Tt4 Vv2. Lacking leaves D2 and D3. "A reissue of sheets with *A4, a4 added, containing 'The argument' of books i-x, a defense of 'The verse', 'Errata' (13 items), and the t-p" (Amory).
Disbound. Once bound in dark brown calf? The covers (now detached) are panelled in blind; board edges and turn-ins decoratively tooled in blind; marbled endpapers; edges stained red. Title backed with tissue. Some occasional foxing and soiling; most leaves with edge browning and chipping; several leaves with tears or repairs, some with small pieces torn from outer edge.
See Hugh Amory, "Things Unattempted Yet: A Bibliography of the First Edition of Paradise Lost," in The Book Collector, (Spring 1983), pages 41-66. Coleridge 90; ESTC R13407; Grolier, 100 English, 33; Grolier, Wither to Prior, 602; Hayward 72; Pforzheimer 716 and 717; Wing M2139.
"This issue differs in its title-page from the three former in that the words 'Licensed and Entred according to Order' have been dropped and the fleur-de-lis ornament substituted; the name of the author, which in the last issue was expressed only by his initials, is again given in full, and the names of the booksellers which had appeared to this time are changed, one being dropped entirely and two new ones substituted. The name of S. Simmons as the printer appears for the first time. The most important change from former issues consists, however, in the addition of seven preliminary leaves containing 'The Printer to the Reader', 'The Argument', 'The Verse', and the 'Errata'. These were printed in two signatures of four leaves each (A and a, the first leaf being blank) and substituted for the blank leaf and title of the earlier issues; the new title, printed on a single leaf, was then inserted between the first two leaves of these new signatures. The address of 'The Printer to the Reader' in this issue consists of three lines and reads as follows: ' (Grolier, Wither to Prior).
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