THE POETICAL WORKS OF JOHN MILTON.

(Boston: R.H. Hinkley Company, [1908]). 250 x 165 mm. (10 x 6 1/2"). Four volumes. NO. 345 OF 555 COPIES on hand-made paper.

Publisher's elaborately blind-pressed brown pigskin, decorative paneling on covers, raised bands, titling and floral stamps on spines, top edges gilt, others untrimmed. With title pages and head- and tailpieces designed by W. A. Dwiggins, and with 16 illustrations adapted from John Flaxman. Smith 319. Top of the spine of first volume rubbed, with small chip missing, hinge of same volume separated at front but the volume sound, edges, corners, and joints of other volumes with minor wear, but the bindings still pleasing and with nothing approaching a serious condition problem. Internally in very fine condition.

Founded by Daniel Berkeley Updike in 1893, the Merrymount Press produced finely printed books (as well as a range of ephemeral material) until 1949; after Updike's death in 1941, John Bianchi, who had been with the press since its inception, continued work for another eight years. In all, there were 1,037 major Merrymount books, some 1,000 "minor works," and in the neighborhood of 20,000 additional items produced during the 56 years of the long-lived press. The present book is a fine product of the Arts and Crafts movement in America, with its lovely font, thick handmade paper, and elaborate neo-Gothic bindings.
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