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MILTON, John (1608--1674)
[Poems. 1801]
The poetical works of John Milton. In six volumes. With the principal notes of various commentators.To which are added illustrations, with some account of the life of Milton. By the Rev. Henry John Todd, M.A.
London: printed for J. Johnson, W.J. and J. Richardson, R. Baldwin, Otridge and Son, J. Sewell, J. Nichols, F. and C. Rivington, T. Payne, G. and J. Robinson, J. Walker, J. Mathews, W. Lowndes, J. Scatcherd, Vernor and Hood, Ogilvy and Son, J. Nunn, G. Wilkie, Clarke and Son, J. Cuthell, Lackington, Allen and Co. R. Lea, E. Jefferey, Carpenter and Co. Longman and Rees, Cadell, Jun. and Davies, and J. Mawman; by Bye and Law, 1801.
6 vols ; 25.7 cm. (8º)
I: [24], ccxv, [1], 303, [1] p., engr. frontis. port.
II: [4], 504 p.
III: [4], 494 p.
IV: xix, [1], 511, [1] p.
V: [4], 511, [1] p.
VI: [4], 458 p., [1] engr. pl.

Large-paper copy of the first edition of Milton's poetical works by Henry John Todd, which remained the standard edition for the next half century and prompted Todd's election to the Society of Antiquaries in 1803. The first volume, which was also published separately (q.v.) consists of a detailed biographical study of Milton with a list of editions, translations and alterations of the poetical works (pp. [cxc]--ccix), commendatory verses, and critical essays by Addison, Dr. Johnson, and Dr. Burney. The frontispiece portrait is engraved by T. Simpson from William Baker's painting by Faithorne; the plate in vol. VI is a 'Facsimile from the original drawing'of Queen Christina of Sweden in man's apparel engraved by T. Higham, for the Latin epigram XIII.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting the plates. From the library of the celebrated actor John Philip Kemble (1757--1823). A copy of the separate 2nd edition of the first biographical volume, 1809 (q.v.) is bound as vol. VII of the set but using different tools and lacking Kemble's armorial stamp on the covers. Kemble was also a previous owner of Soane's copy of the First Folio of Shakespeare (q.v.).

Binding Early C19th blue straight-grained morocco, outer gilt roll-tool border alternating key and concentric circle ornaments within gilt French fillet, blind triple-ruled within thin gilt fillet inner border with foliate corners, gilt and blind-tooled spines, gilt lettering, green endpapers, gilt edges. Both covers stamped in gilt with armorial shield with name around 'Johannes Philippus Kemble'. See John Morris and Philip Oldfield, British armorial bindings, s.v. Kemble, stamp 2. (Accessed 15 May 2012).

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