Milton, John. Paradise lost. A poem, in twelve books...from the text of Thomas Newton, D.D. Birmingham: J. & R. Tonson (pr. by John Baskerville), 1760. 8vo (23.8 cm, 9.3"). Frontis.,  ff., lxxii, 416 pp. [with the same author’s] Paradise regain’d. A poem, in four books. To which is added Samson Agonistes: And poems upon several occasions.... Birmingham: J. & R. Tonson (pr. by John Baskerville), 1760. 8vo. (23.8 cm, 9.3"). 390 pp.
Second octavoBaskerville editions,
following the first Baskerville printings of 1758, with an added frontispiece
portrait of Milton engraved by G. Vertue bound in; this edition was issued
without a portrait. Inked
in an early hand on the back fly-leaf of the second volume are the prices paid
for the sheets from Baskerville and for the binding from Robiquet.
binding, almost certainly by Jean Robiquet as per the inscription described above;
Robiquet, a binder of excellent repute, bound a number of books for the library
at Holkham Hall. Full
tan calf, covers framed in elaborately interworked gilt rolls of birds, insects,
and foliate patterns.
Provenance: A fly-leaf
with gift inscription in Latin from “Roberto Somervell” to his
Harrow School friend “Arturus F. Hort”; title-pages with inked
ownership inscription of John Hort.
Gaskell, Baskerville, 9 &10; ESTC T134228 & N11290.
Binding as above, rebacked some time ago, with gilt-stamped leather title and
label labels, double gilt-ruled raised bands, and gilt-stamped decorations
in compartments; joints and raised bands rubbed, with minor soiling to the
covers. Front fly-leaf of vol. II separated; last few leaves of both volumes
with slight foxing, pages otherwise clean.
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