John Milton & Seventeenth-Century Culture

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Paradise Lost and Later Years

Milton's contract with his publisher for Paradise Lost
from The works of John Milton, in verse and prose, printed from the original editions with a life of the author by the Rev. John Mitford. 
8 vols. London: William Pickering, 1851. Volume III.

The first edition of Paradise Lost
John Milton,
Paradise lost. A Poem in Ten Books.
London: Printed by S. Simmons, and are to be sold by T. Helder at the Angel in Little Brittain. 1669.
First edition, seventh issue. Morocco binding. Bookplates of Arthur B. Spingarn and Roger H. West.

The revised, second edition of Paradise Lost 
John Milton,
Paradise lost : a poem in twelve books.
Second edition, revised and augmented by the same author.
London: S. Simmons, 1674. Signature, bookplate and stamp of Charles Wotton. Bookplate of William Melin Roscoe. Nineteenth century panelled calf.

The third edition of Paradise Lost
John Milton,
Paradise lost. A poem in twelve books.
The third edition, revised and augmented by the same author.
London: Printed by S. Simmons, 1678. Nineteenth century calf binding.

The fourth edition of Paradise Lost
John Milton,
Paradise lost. A poem in twelve books.
The fourth edition, adorn'd with sculptures.
London: Printed by Miles Flesher, for Richard Bently and Jacob Tonson, 1688. Calf with banded
spine.

The first edition of Paradise Regained
John Milton,
Paradise regain'd : a poem in IV books to which is added Samson Agonistes.
London: Printed by J.M. for John Starkey, 1671.
First edition. Black morocco binding by Riviere. Bookplate of Roger H. West.

Samson Agonistes, shown from the second edition
John Milton,
Paradise regain'd. A poem. In IV books. To which is added Samson Agonistes.
London: Printed for John Starkey, 1680.
Second edition. Calf binding with restored spine.

The second edition of Milton's shorter poems
John Milton,
Poems, &c. Upon Several Occasions. By Mr. John Milton: Both English and Latin, &c. Composed at several times. With a small Tractate of Education to Mr. Hartlib.
London: printed for Thomas Dring at the White Lion next Chancery Lane End, in Fleet-street, 1673.Purchased for the library by the Thomas Cooper Society.

Milton's contemporary fame
Edward Phillips, 1630-1696?
"John Milton,"
in his Theatrum poetarum, or A compleat collection of the poets, especially the most eminent, of all ages. The antients distinguish't from the moderns in their several alphabets. With some observations and reflections upon many of them, particularly those of our own nation.
2 vols. in 1. London, Printed for Charles Smith, at the Angel near the Inner Temple-Gate in
Fleet-street. Anno Dom. 1675.

Milton as historian
Milton, John, 1608-1674.
The History of Britain, That part especially now call'd England. From the first Traditional Beginning, continu'd to the Norman Conquest. Collected out of the antientest and best Authours thereof.
London: printed by J.M. for James Allestry, at the Rose and Crown in St. Paul's Church-yeard, 1670. First edition, first issue, with errata leaf but lacking portrait. Purchased for the library by the Thomas Cooper Society.

The North of England in the seventeenth-century 
Georg Braun and Franz Hogenberg,
"Yorke, Shrowesbury, Lancaster, Richmont,"
from Theatrum Praecipuarum Totius Mundi Urbium, Liber Sixtus.
Frankfurt: Hierat and Hogenberg, 1618. John Osman Collection.

Government control in the late 17th century
The two issues displayed here from the official London Gazette, in June 1684 and May 1687, illustrate both the complex European diplomatic context in which seventeenth-century governments had to operate and (in the petition of the Anabaptists in 1687) the way in which, to the end of Milton's life, the restored monarchy continued to identify religious difference with a renewed political threat.

The pirated republication of Milton's republican past
John Milton.
Literæ pseudo-senatûs anglicani, Cromwellii, reliquorumque perduellium nomine ac jussu / conscriptae a Joanne Miltono.
[London: printed by Blaeu for Moses Pitt?,] Impressæ anno 1676. Contemporary mottled calf. Shown with: John Milton,
Literæ pseudo-senatus anglicani, Cromwellii, reliquorumque perduellium nomine ac jussu conscriptæ a Joanne Miltono.
[Brussels]: [E. Fricx], Impressæ anno 1676. Title-page inscription: R. Ward. Trin: Coll: Alumn:." Modern brown calf.

Milton as contemporary geographer
John Milton,.
A brief history of Moscovia: and other less-known countries lying eastward of Russia as far as Cathay. Gathered from the writings of several eye-witnesses.
London: Printed by M. Flesher, for Brabazon Aylmer, 1682. Contemporary calf, rebacked.

Milton's textbook of Ramist logic
John Milton,
"Artis Logicae Plenior Instituto, Ad Petri Rami Methodum concinnata. Adjecta est Praxis Analytica & Petri Rami Vita,"
in Joannis Miltoni Opera Omnia Latina. . . . Nunc primum junctim edita.
Amstelodami [London]: 1698

Milton as radical theologian
John Milton,
Joannis Miltoni Angli De doctrina christiana: libri duo posthumi, quos ex schedis manuscriptis deprompsit, et typis mandari primus curavit Carolus Ricardus Sumner.
Cantabrigiae: Typis Academicis, excudit Joannes Smith, 1825. Bookplate of Conyngham. Modern dark blue half calf.

 

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