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1790 Paradise Lost John Milton English Poetry Illustrated Allegory Adam & Eve

“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.”

― John Milton, Paradise Lost

A charming printing of John Milton’s most famous work, ‘Paradise Lost’ filled with 14 full-page engravings depicting the characters of Milton’s most famous work.

‘Paradise Lost’ follows the biblical story of the Fall of Man and the temptation of Adam and Eve. Milton himself states that purpose for this book was to “Justify the ways of God to Men”. It covers the characters Adam, Eve, and Satan and the roles each played in the development of religious culture and idolatry.

It was critically acclaimed and well-received by many famed personalities, including Samuel Johnson who states.

“[Paradise Lost shows] Milton’s peculiar power to astonish…and he seems to have been well acquainted with his own genius, and to know what it was the Nature had bestowed upon him more bountifully than upon others: the power of displaying the vast, illuminating the splendid, enforcing the awful, darkening the gloomy, and aggravating the dreadful.

Christian writer C.S. Lewis also interpreted Milton’s landmark poem as a ‘genuine Christian morality tale’ (Leonard)

This late 18th-century edition features notes of Thomas Newton; printed in two-volumes.

Item number: #10355

Price: $599


Paradise lost: a poem, in twelve books…

London: Printed for J.F. and C. Rivington, L. Davis, B. White and Son, T. Longman, B. Law, J. Dodsley, J. Johnson, J. Robson, C. Dilly, G.G.J. and J. Robinson, T. Cadell, J. Nichols, R. Baldwin, J. Sewell, J. Knox, J. Murray, W. Lowndes, J. Bew, W. Goldsmith, W. Otridge, G. and T. Wilkie, R. Ryan, and E. Newbery, M.DCC.XC. [1790]


Collation: Complete with all pages; 2 volumes

Vol. 1 – [20], lxxxvi, [28], 510

8 engraved plates

Vol. 2 – 463, [185]

6 engraved plates

References: John Leonard’s “Introduction” to Paradise Lost;

Language: English

Binding: Leather; secure

Visible repair at inner hinges

Size: ~8.5in X 5.5in (21.5cm x 14cm)

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1790 Paradise Lost John Milton English Poetry

Estimate $599 - $1,200Jun 14, 2020
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