Stock No. 1021BS
A New Edition, With Notes of various Authors, By Thomas Newton, D.D. London: Printed for J. and R. Tonson and S. Draper in the Strand. Three volumes, uniform large 4º. Paradise Lost in two volumes, first Newton edition, 1749; Paradise Regain’d (with Samson Agonistes and Poems upon Several Occasions) in one volume, first Newton edition, 1752. The three volumes are complete with the three portraits of Milton by George Vertue and the seventeen plates by Francis Hayman.
Paradise Lost, volume I: frontispiece portrait of Milton at the age of 21 by George Vertue dated 1747; title-page; dedication of pp.; preface of pp.; i-lxi, Life of Milton; poems by Barrow, Marvel, & a note on the verse, in pp.; 1-16, Addison’s Critique; List of Subscribers in pp.; pp. 1 – 459, Paradise Lost, Books 1 – 6, with a plate by Francis Hayman preceding each Book.
Paradise Lost, volume II: frontispiece portrait of Milton at the age of 62 by George Vertue dated 1747; title-page; pp. 1 – 444, Paradise Lost, Books 7 – 12, with a plate by Francis Hayman preceding each Book, and the Appendix; Index pp. .
Paradise Regain’d: frontispiece portrait of Milton at the age of 42 by George Vertue dated 1751; title-page; Preface and Table of Contents in pp.; pp. 1 – 690, Paradise Regain’d, followed by Samson Agonistes, Poems on Several Occasions, Sonnets, Psalms, and Latin Poems; Index of pp. This volume also contains five plates by Francis Hayman as called for.
Three volumes about 287 x 225 mm., uniformly bound in contemporary full mottled calf with gilt borders, all edges gilt, superbly rebacked in modern calf of a matching colour with double green morocco lettering-pieces, all corners expertly repaired, retaining original marbled endpapers with inner hinges strengthened with cloth. Eighteenth century bookplate of George Drummond (Lord Provost of Edinburgh) in each volume.
This edition of Milton is important for its scholarly notes by Newton, (1704-82, biblical scholar, Bishop of Bristol and Dean of St. Paul’s), but also for the plates by Francis Hayman (1708-66), a prominent figure in eighteenth century artistic circles, and with Reynolds one of the founder members of the Society of Artists.
It is rare to find a uniform set of these three volumes, the Newton editions of the two works having been published a few years apart. All three volumes are printed in large type on thick, high-quality paper. This is a particularly pleasing example, the leaves being large and the edges heavily gilt. There is a little browning here and there, more frequently opposite the plates, but overall it is a clean and fresh example. The rebacking and restoration of the corners has been executed to the highest standards.