POETICAL WORKS...With Notes of Various Authors, The Third Edition, With Other Illustrations and with Some Account of the Life and Writings of Milton bDerived Principally from Documents in His Majesty's State-Paper Office, now First Published by The Rev. H. J. Todd

(London: Printed for C. and J. Rivington,; J. Cuthell; J. Nunn et al., 1826).

Both an important and handsome set of the poetical works. Milton’s poetry, like the plays of William Shakespeare, are regarded as one of the great high points of English literature.
In PARADISE LOST, PARADISE REGAINED and SAMSON AGONISTES Milton revived the heroic verse of Homer and Virgil to frame the tale of Satan and Paradise that has become the best-known epic poem written in English. He had difficulty in finding a publisher because of the plague of 1665, which killed many pressmen, and the Great Fire of the following year, which destroyed many printing houses—and those publishers who were still operating were wary of the project because of Milton's anti-Restoration sympathies.
Simmons, to whom he finally came, drove a hard bargain, and according to the agreement reached and the number of copies sold Milton was paid a total of £15. Milton’s work survives and is revered to this day as amongst the most significant poetry and prose ever penned and additionally important, at a defining moment in the development of the English language.
This thorough collection includes not only ‘Paradise Lost’ and the other major works, but the sonnets, odes, translations, and ‘Poemata’ in Latin. It is also prefaced with a substantial biographical essay and is illustrated.
A truly towering figure, Milton remains one of the most celebrated and analyzed poets in English literature. Dryden described ‘Paradise Lost’ as ‘one of the greatest, most noble and sublime poems which either this age or nation has produced,’ while Blake, keying in on the poem’s heretical implications, described Milton as ‘a true Poet, and of the Devil’s party without knowing it.’. Item #31736

6 volumes. An important set of Milton's works, this with the famous Todd gathering of the commentary and notes of authors and with the extensive account of the life and writings of Milton. Engraved portrait frontispiece, the engraved plate of Milton's handwriting, and two other plates bound into the volumes. 8vo, full contemporary polished calf, double gilt fillet tooled borders to the covers, contrasting red and green morocco lettering labels gilt, the spine panels with elaborate gilt tooled bands separating the compartments which are each decorated with a central gilt ornamental device. A pleasing and handsome set, the spines sometime rebacked to style, generally a tight and clean set with a bit of age or evidence of shelving to the edges, internally crisp and well preserved.

Price: $725.00