1853 Complete Poetical Works of John Milton. Biography and notes by Rev. Gilfillan. Printed by James Nichol, Edinburgh.


A beautiful binding, signed by J. Wright, homes this 1853 two-part (bound into one) Scottish printing of Milton's Poetic Works. At to top edge you'll find the most delightful place holder I've come across, a carved bird; for me, it belongs with the book, so I'm selling it along.

In addition to Milton's well-known Paradise Lost, and Samson Agonistes, you'll find some lesser known works like his Sonnets, Odes and Translations (several of Dante, perhaps unsurprising).

Rev. George Gilfillan provides a biography ("Life), Critical Dissertation, and Explanatory Notes.

Physical Attributes -

Measures approx. 22 x 14 x 5 cm.. Red straight-grain Morocco binding. Boards framed in double gilt fillet with corner decorations of leaves on vines and a matching central motif in gilt. Spine with five raised bands with a fillet over them; five compartments richly decorated in gilt with a central vine and leaf motif, matching corners and some stars and dots, one compartment with "Milton's Poetical Works" in gilt. Edges rolled in gilt. Turn-ins gilt with a decorative roll. Stamp of "J. Wright" at bottom edge of pastedown. All edges gilt. Two volumes bound into one.

Pagination - (1), xxviii, 333, (second book did not have its half-title bound in), iii-xxxvi, 328, (1).

Condition -

See pictures. A very attractive book. Bird has a chipped wing. A little wear at edges, corners and joints. A 3 cm. rub on rear board. A little dust to top-edge. Tail-band (bottom endband) loose at one end. Ex libris inscriptions on flyleaf; and flyleaf dog-eared. A little toning throughout, with an occasional thumb. One rust spot near margin of title page. Occasional underlining, marginal pencil mark noting drawing attention to a passage through introduction. Paradise Lost frontis has decorative lines sketched in pencil around title. Occasional rust spot and fox spot throughout. A few errant pencil marks on rear pastedown. The book presents very well, and is quite delightful with the bird at the top-edge.

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