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Milton, John; Richard Westall, illus.  Paradise lost. A poem, in twelve books. London: Pr. for John Sharpe, 1816–22. 12mo (17.2 cm, 6.75"). 2 vols. I: Frontis., 8, [192] pp.; 6 plts. II: Frontis., [4] pp., [188 (7 blank)] pp.; 6 plts.
$225.00

Westall's acclaimed illustrations — two frontispieces and one plate for each of the 12 books — were steel-engraved for this edition by Charles Heath, George Courbould, William Finden, and others. The present paired volumes, from the same 19th-century private collection, have been bound in different but complementary styles; the title-page of vol. I gives 1821 and the plates 1822, while vol. 2 is marked 1816 throughout.
        Provenance: Front pastedowns with armorial bookplate of James Wiseman of Glasgow; most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabels ("AHA") at rear.

Contemporary bindings, joints and extremities mildly rubbed, vol. II spine a little sunned; vol. I in pebbled dark red roan and vol. II in red morocco but with all tooling done to match — covers framed in gilt double fillets, spines with gilt-ruled bands, gilt-stamped titles, gilt rolls at head and foot, all edges gilt. Bookplates and labels as above; vol. II half-title with early pencilled ownership inscription. Mild to moderate foxing to plates (more noticeable to vol. I frontispiece and titlte.-page) and surrounding leaves. => Not quite a perfectly matched set, but rather fascinatingly close; an engaging and attractive pair with a pleasing provenance.  (41049)   Please RESHELVE This.


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