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Milton, John; Richard Westall, illus.  Paradise regained: Samson Agonistes, Comus, and Arcades. London: Printed for John Sharpe (by C. Whittingham), 1823. 18mo (16.5 cm, 6.5"). Engr. t.-p., [80], 64, [2], 39, [1], 7, [1] pp.; 3 engr. plts.
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From Charles Whittingham and the Chiswick Press, an 1823 edition of Milton's follow-up to Paradise Lost accompanied by three of his minor poems. The engraved title-page (dated 1816) features a scene drawn by English painter Richard Westall, and each of the poems, aside from "Arcades," is enhanced by a Westall illustration. English artists Francis Engleheart, William Finden, John Romney, and Charles Heath were responsible for engraving Westall's creations.
        The first poem presented, Paradise Regained, written in a plainer style than its predecessor, Paradise Lost, has line numbers at the head of each page but no pagination.
        Provenance: On front pastedown, "M.A. Bell" is written in ink; on verso of front fly-leaf, the signature of Mary A. Bell in pencil. Her signature is also on the rear pastedown in ink (and upside down). Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Not in Ing, Charles Whittingham. Half brown morocco, spine gilt extra with gilt lettering and four raised bands, brown marbled paper sides and endpapers; moderate rubbing overall. All edges marbled. One spot of rubbing to front pastedown, plates lightly to moderately foxed, offsetting from plates to adjacent pages; occasional lightly penciled marginalia, usually simply to indicate specific line numbers, and ownership indications as above. An agreeable copy of Milton's work with classic 19th-century engravings.  (38432)   Please RESHELVE This.


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