John Milton & Seventeenth-Century Culture

Introduction | Early Years | Italy & the 1640s | Civil War | Paradise Lost etc.
Milton's Reputation | Further References

Early Years:

London; Cambridge and Horton

Viewing the Renaissance City: the Osman Collection of Braun & Hogenberg
Georg Braun, 1541-1622, and Franz Hogenberg, c.1536-1588,
title-page from Civitates Orbis Terrarum, Liber Primus
Frankfurt: Braun and Hogenberg, [1572]. John Osman Collection of Braun & Hogenberg.

miltonMilton's London
Georg Braun, 1541-1622, and Franz Hogenberg, c.1536-1588,
"Londinum Feracissimi Angliae Regni Metropolis,"
from Civitates Orbis Terrarum, Liber I
Frankfurt: Braun and Hogenberg, [1572]. John Osman Collection of Braun & Hogenberg.

miltonMilton's autobiography
John Milton,1608-1674,
from "The Second Defence of the People of England against an Anomymous Libel [1654]," translated from the Latin by Robert Fellowes
in Charles Symmons., ed., The Prose Works of John Milton.
7 vols. London: for J. Johnson et al., 1806. Vol. VII.

miltonA London school in the early seventeenth century
Samuel Knight, 1675-1746.
The life of Dr. John Colet, dean of St. Paul's in the reigns of K. Henry VII and K. Henry VIII and founder of St. Paul's school: with an appendix, containing some account of the masters and more eminent scholars of the foundation, and several original papers.
New ed. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1823.

miltonA center of Renaissance humanism 
"To the Reader,"
in William Lily, 1468?-1522; John Colet, 1467?-1519; Thomas Robertson, 1521-1561.
[Latin grammar]
London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1821. Contemporary sheep.

miltonAlexander Gill: the political perils of Puritan pedagogy
William Douglas Hamilton, d. 1894, ed.
Original papers illustrative of the life and writings of John Milton including sixteen letters of state written by him, now first published from mss. in the State paper office. With an appendix of documents relating to his connection with the Powell family. . . with the permission of the Master of the Rolls.
Works of the Camden Society; no. 75. [Westminster]: Printed for the Camden Society, 1859.

miltonMilton, Spenser, and the British epic
Edmund Spenser, 1552?-1599.
The faerie queene, disposed into XII. bookes. fashioning twelue morall vertues.
London: Printed by H.L. For Mathew Lownes, 1609. Speckled calf binding with banded spine.

miltonMilton's reading of Shakespeare
John Milton,
"On the Admirable Dramatick Poet, William Shakespear,"
in William Shakespeare, 1564-1616. Mr. William Shakespear's comedies, histories, and tragedies. Published according to the true original copies. Unto which is added, seven plays, never before printed in folio. The fourth edition.
London: Printed for H. Herringman, E. Brewster, and R. Bentley. . ., 1685.
Diced calf binding. Gold decorated spine with red label lettered in gold.

miltonMetrical psalms, I
"Psalm 101"
in George Buchanan, 1506-1582.
Ecphrasis paraphraseos Georgij Buchanani in Psalmos Davidis: ab Alexandro Iulio Edinburgeno, in adoloescentiae studiosae gratiam elaborata.
Londini: Excusum apud G. Eld, 1620. Contemporary vellum.

osmanMetrical psalms, II
The Psalmes of David in prose and meeter. With their whole tunes in foure or mo parts, and some psalmes in reports. Whereunto is added many godly prayers, and an exact kalendar for XXV. yeeres to come.
Edinburgh: Heires of Andrevv Hart, 1635. Modern brown morocco, gilt. Bookplate of Allan D. Macdonald.

miltonMetrical psalms, III
John Milton,
"Psalm 114," and "Psalm 136 ['Let us with a gladsome mind'],"
in Paradise regain'd : a poem in four books: to which is added, Samson Agonistes and Poems upon several occasions.
Edinburgh: Printed by A. Donaldson and J. Reid for Alexander Donaldson, 1762.
Signature of Charles Pinckney. Contemporary mottled calf.

miltonMilton's Cambridge
Georg Braun, 1541-1622, and Franz Hogenberg, c.1536-1588, "Cantebrigia,"
from Civitates Orbis Terrarum, Liber II
Frankfurt: Braun and Hogenberg, [1575]. John Osman Collection of Braun & Hogenberg.

miltonMilton at Christ's College
John Le Keux, 1783-1846,
"Christ's College,"
in Thomas Wright, 1810-1877; H.L. Jones, 1806-1870, Memorials of Cambridge: a series of views of the colleges, halls, and public buildings, with historical and descriptive accounts.
London: David Bogue, 1845.

miltonCambridge and Milton's early poetry
John Milton,
on Thomas Hobson the University Carrier, and "L'Allegro,"
in The poetical works of Milton : with prefatory characters of the several pieces, the life of Milton, a glossary, and an index.
2 vols. Edinburgh: Printed by A. Donaldson, 1767. Signature of Charles Pinckney, junior, in each
volume. Contemporary calf.

miltonCountry retreat: Middlesex in the early 17th century
William Camden, 1551-1623.
Britain : or, A chorographicall description of the most flourishing kingdomes, England, Scotland written first in Latine by W. Camden; translated newly into English by Philemon Holland.
London: Georgii Bishop & Ioannis Norton, 1610. Early nineteenth century tree calf.

miltonMilton's Oxford
Georg Braun, 1541-1622, and Franz Hogenberg, c.1536-1588,
"Oxonium," and "Windsorium,"
from Civitates Orbis Terrarum, Liber II
Frankfurt: Braun and Hogenberg, [1575]. John Osman Collection of Braun & Hogenberg.

miltonFrom Milton's poetic notebook: the Trinity Manuscript
John Milton,
"Arcades," and "Sonnet VII: How soon hath time,"
from the Trinity manuscript,
in Samuel Leigh Sotheby, 1805-1861, Ramblings in the elucidation of the autograph of Milton.
London: Printed for the author by T. Richards, 1861.

miltonRenaissance patronage: Milton and the masque
John Milton, adapted by George Colman, 1732-1794.
Comus: a masque, in two acts by John Milton.
London: J. Cumberland, [ca. 1834]

--in 1634, Milton was again asked by Lawes to collaborate on a masque, for the same aristocratic patrons. Milton was the junior partner in this collaboration, and in a sonnet to Lawes expressed great regard for the musician

miltonPoetic ambition and the deferral of fame
John Milton,
"Lycidas,"
in The poetical works of John Milton.
Aldine edition of the British poets.
3 vols. London: William Pickering, 1851. Original blue-green cloth with paper label.

 

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