(Cambridge: Printed for the members of the Limited Editions Club at the University Press, 1954). 270 x 191 mm. (10 5/8 x 7 1/2"). 4 p.l. (including the frontispiece), 57,  pp.,  leaves. ONE OF 1,500 COPIES.
Publisher's quarter vellum over marbled boards. In the publisher's (faintly soiled and marked) slipcase. Title page in blue and black, 12 pages of music, and SIX COLOR PLATES BY DULAC (including the frontispiece). Front pastedown with bookplates of Robert J. Wickenheiser and Leonard B. Schlosser. Quarto-Millenary 250. A mint copy.
Well before Milton had come to the attention of the literary world, the musician Henry Lawes had asked him to write the present work, which in its first three printed versions was called "A Masque, presented at Ludlow Castle, 1634, before the Earl of Bridgewater, Lord President of Wales." Though "masque" is in the title, the work is strictly a pastoral entertainment, written for the occasion of Bridgewater's assumption of the presidential office. A pagan god created by Milton, Comus is the mischievous son of Bacchus and Circe whose name has its roots in "komos," the Greek word for revellers. He delights in waylaying travellers and feeding them a magic potion that gives them the heads of beasts. He captures and attempts to seduce "The Lady," who defends her chastity so eloquently that Comus is forced to acknowledge her "superior power." The Lady is eventually freed by the river goddess Sabrina, and she and her brothers are safely returned to their parents. The Mistick Krewe of Comus, oldest of the New Orleans Mardi Gras krewes, keeps Milton's creation alive and revelling today. This is the final book that Dulac illustrated. (CRW0705)
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PJP Catalog: 64.17