(Boston: Hilliard, Gray, and Company, 1839). 251 x 152 mm. (9 7/8 x 6"). Two volumes. With notes and a life of the author by Rev. John Mitford. A New Edition.
Publisher's purple-brown pebble-grain buckram, gilt titling and anchor device on flat spines. In a recent brown cardboard slipcase. Frontispiece portrait engraved by O. Pelton from a miniature of the same size by Faithorne, original tissue guard. A Large Paper Copy. Advertisement leaf for the 1839 issues of the North American Review (published by Hilliard) laid in at rear of volume I. Wickenheiser 1877. Spines sunned to a light brown, one spine with thin four-inch vertical line of soil, mild rubbing to extremities, minor browning to the head and tail portions of frontispiece not protected by the tissue guard, other trivial imperfections, but A PARTICULARLY FINE COPY, the text clean, fresh, and bright, the margins especially spacious, and the bindings with no significant wear.
This is a wonderfully well-preserved Large Paper Copy in early publisher's cloth of one of the first American editions of Milton's poetical works. It has a prefatory life of Milton by John Mitford, one of the editors of the Pickering "Aldine Poets" series. Wickenheiser (whose copy is "foxed throughout") notes that this edition is scarce, not being found in the Bodleian, Cambridge University, or British Library. (ST12130)
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PJP Catalog: 63.338