Title: Paradise Lost. A poem in twelve books.
Publication: London: William Pickering, Chancery Lane, 1828.
Description: First edition. 48mo. (90 x 50 mm), pp. viii, 248 + engraved frontispiece and engraved title-page (dated 1835). Minimal yellowing, frontispiece slightly browned, engraved title-page a little dusty. Contemporary crushed navy blue morocco, double gilt ruled, gilt rosettes to corners, centre panel bordered with gilt dentelles and gilt fleurons to corners, raised bands, spine gilt-tooled and gilt-lettered, a.e.g., slight wear to joints and extremities.
First edition of Milton's masterpiece from Pickering's 'Diamond Classics' series. Dedicated to George John, 2nd Earl Spencer (1758-1834), renowned bibliophile, and exquisitely printed, here probably on India paper, by D. Sidney, Northumberland Street.
Bibliography: Keynes, p.79.
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