The Rare Second Edition of Milton's
John Milton. Paradise Lost. A Poem in Twelve
Books. The Second Edition Revised and Augmented by the
same Author. London: Printed by S. Simmons, 1674. Small octavo.
Approximately 6.5 x 3.75 inches. [viii], 333, [1, blank] pages.
With engraved frontispiece portrait of Milton by Dolle. Bound
without final blank. Finely bound in nineteenth-century full brown
straight-grain morocco, boards paneled in gilt with gilt floral
cornerpieces, spine ruled, tooled and lettered in gilt, five raised
bands, gilt board edges and turn-ins, marbled endleaves, all edges
gilt. Binding rubbed, especially at joints and corners, text toned
with some occasional marginal tears or chips and a few upper
corners creased, some occasional foxing in text, some faint neat
pencil notes. Title page with two tears, skillfully repaired. Upper
margin trimmed a bit close in a few places, but no loss. Previous
owner's neat signatures on verso of front free endpaper and
title-page. Bookplates of G. Walter Steeves and William Twopeny on
front pastedown. Still, a fine copy.
This is the last edition of this book to have Milton's personal revisions.
Wing M2144. Shawcross 318.
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