THE POETICAL WORKS OF JOHN MILTON, ed by Henry James Todd - 1826 [6 Vol]
The Poetical Works of John Milton with Notes of Various Authors
authored by John Milton and presented by Rev. Henry James Todd
- Volume I includes a biography of Milton with an overview of his writing and the mythic origins of Paradise Lost. 435 pages
- Volume II presents John Addison's criticism of Paradise Lost, notes by the editor and the first six books of Paradise Lost. 535 pages
- Volume III completes Paradise Lost with the final six books and includes critiques and analyses concerning the poem's themes and characters. 525 pages.
- Volume IV presents a preliminary history of Paradise Regained as well as the poem in its entirety. This volume also includes Milton's drama Samson Agonistes with a preliminary observation and an essay Milton's Defence of Tragedy. 499 pages.
- Volume V includes Milton's poem Lycidas with preliminary observations and "Various Readings of Lycidas from the Cambridge Manuscript." This volume also includes L'Allergo and Il Penseroso with preliminary observations on both, Milton's Arcades along with various readings, the poem Comus with preliminary notes and an essay on its origins. Finally, this volume finishes with twenty-three of Milton's Sonnets along with various readings. 517 pages.
- Volume VI finishes with Milton's Odes, Miscellanies which includes works such as Epitaph on Shakespeare and On the New Forcers of Conscience under the Long Parliament. This volume also includes translations of various Psalms, texts in Latin including the Elegiarum Liber, Epigrammatum Liber, and Silvarum Liber. 433 pages with Glossary, Index and Appendix. Each volume measures 5.75" by 8.5".
Third Edition presented in 6 Volumes from Seminary Library. Sections of Volume VI in Latin.
Published by: R. Gilbert, St. John's Square, London. 1826
Hardback is overall in Fair As-Is condition.
- Each volume includes marbling on endpapers.
- Includes frontispiece of author with obverse paper showing shadowing.
- Volume I includes a facsimile of a signature and inscription by Milton.
- Leather panels feature design in gilt. Each volume shows significant wear with scratches, dents and scuffing to boards, edgewear and scuffing to corners.
- Spine features raised bands with red title block with text in gilt. Significant wear along the spine with cracks and drying to leather, chips missing, head and tail crushed with, with wear along the joints. Volumes I, III, V and VI show the most wear with the leather of the spine head and tail coming loose.
- Each volume shows cracked/brittle hinge between front/read pastedown and hinge. Volume IV showing cracked gutter between pages 498 and 499. Volume V shows cracked gutter between pages 2/3. The Volume VI table of contents shows slightly cracked gutters with loose binding. Otherwise binding is secure.
- From seminary library: each volume shows library stamp on front pastedown and title page with library card pocket attached to rear pastedown. Each volume is serialized with the number indicated on the copyright page.
- The interior of each volume is clean with minimal foxing limited to front matter and endpapers. In volume II pages 76 and 77 show shadowing from bound bookmark. Volume V shows foxing to the pages of contents.
- Free of writing, highlighting, underlining or other intentional marks.
- Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
"John Milton, son of John and Sarah Milton, was born on the 9th of December 1608, at the house of his father, who was then eminent scrivener in London, and lived at the sign of the Spread Eagle (which was the armorial ensign of the family) in Bread-street. The ancestry of the poet was highly respectable." And so begins the life of prolific English poet John Milton whose work both mystical and poetic would span 6 decades and go on to influence philosophers, theologians, poets, and historians. His much beloved and controversial epic poem Paradise Lost played a central role in the development of comparative religion as it incorporates elements of classical mythos, cosmology and philosophy into the predominately Judeo-Christian Eden myth, the origins of which can be found in ancient Babylonian myth. Classical themes would emerge again in his mystic, pastoral poem Comus, inspired by the Greek god Comus, the son of Bacchus and representation of chaos.
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