PARADISE LOST, John Milton, Altemus, 50 gorgeous DORE engravings, ca.1890

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  • Sold Date: Jun 28, 2015
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PARADISE LOST

by John Milton

illustrated by Gustave Doré

edited by Henry C. Walsh, A.M.

Philadelphia: Henry Alemus, (ca. 1890).

An antique copy of the classic book Paradise Lost by English poet John Milton (1608-1674). This is the edition published by Henry Altemus in Philadelphia, and according to Malan (page 289) should be ambiguously dated somewhere in the 1890's. The main draw for this item are the 50 gorgeous Gustave Doré engravings that are all present and intact (see photos 6 thru 11). They're in pairs back to back on a page, with the odd-numbered one on the recto and even-numbered one on the verso of the page. Occasionally there are two consecutive pages of engravings (31/32 and 33/34, for example). Gilt on the front cover and the page edges are good to very good. The spine has been professionally redone in leather. Overall, a nice copy of a classic.

Brick-red boards with gold- and silver-stamped titiles and blind-stamped decorations to front covers. Spine has been rebound in leather and has gilt-on-black label with titles. Heavy endpapers have floral patterns. Large quarto; size is 9-3/4" by 12". Illustrated with 50 engravings. Has 319 pages.

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