POEMS OF JOHN MILTON. English, Latin, Greek and Italian. Arranged In Chronological Order With A Preface By J. J. C. Grierson

(London: The Florence Press for Chatto and Windus, 1925).

FIRST PRINTING OF THE SPECIAL FLORENCE PRESS EDITION BEAUTIFULLY BOUND AND SIGNED BY THE BINDER. A beautiful set of John Milton’s great poetical works. These handsome volumes in their finely decorated bindings are lovely examples of the printing arts. The excellent print and paper quality and the fine contemporary bindings make this set a true gem.
Along with Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained, it also includes Samson Agonistes, Lycidas and all the Miscellaneous Poems, the Sonnets, the three “Libers”, translations and the foreign poems.
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. 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 #32160

2 volumes. First Edition by the Florence Press. Volume I with the shorter poems in English, Latin, Greek and Italian, Paradise Regained and Samson Agonistes; Volume II with Paradise Lost. 8vo, beautifully bound and signed by Bayntun of Bath, England in full turquoise blue crushed morocco, the spines with raised bands, lettered and numbered in two cmopartments, wide turnovers gilt decorated, edges stopped in gilt, marbled endleaves framed within the morocco turnovers, all edges gilt. xlii, 375; lxiv, 371 pp. A fine collection of this beautiful printing, the bindings strong and very handsome, an especially pleasing set.

Price: $895.00