[London]: Printed by Richard Bishop [and Robert Young], and are to be sold by Andrew Crooke, in St. Paules, Church-yard, 1640/1641. Second Folio Printing. Folios, 2 volumes; VG; rebacked with new calf spines, burgundy labels with gilt lettering, previous boards preserved; marbled endpapers; both volumes have previous owners name and information on sfep; For volume 1, the subsidiary plays each have separate dated title pages. That to "Poëtaster" has imprint "London, printed by Robert Young. M.DC.XL.". "Epigrammes" begins new pagination and register; otherwise pagination and register are continuous. Most of the parts have special title page with imprint: London, Printed by R. Bishop, 1640. "Poëtaster" has title page with imprint: "London, Printed by Robert Young, M.DC.XL.".; The title page is engraved and signed "Guliel[mus] Hole fecit".; Signatures: A-Kkk6 Lll4; 2A-2T6.; For volume 2, it consists of two volumes, 2 and 3, the former intended as a continuation of the first volume published in 1615. Vol. 2 was edited by the author, vol. 3 by Sir Kenelm Digby. The three plays comprising volume 2 ("Bartholmew [sic] Fayre", "The Diuell is an asse", and "The staple of nevves") each have separate title page with imprint "... printed by I[ohn]. B[eale]. for Robert Allot ... 1631"; "; Signatures: A6 B-M4 Aa-Cc4 2D-H4 2I6 N-Y4 Vol. 3 B-Q4, R2, S-X4, Y2, Z4, Aa-Oo4, Pp2, Qq4, 2A-K4, 2L2, 2M-R4, 3A-P4, 3Q2, 3R-V4. Closed tear to L4; CK consignment; shelved case 0.
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London: Printed by S. Simmons, and are to be sold by T. Helder, at the Angel in Little Brittain, 1669. First Edition. Octavo; VG; bound in full morocco, spine paneled with gilt lettering; gilt text block; some wear and rubbing to binding; ffep through page A3 mostly loose, still attached through two pieces of string to the binding; A4, a4, A4-Z4, Aa4-Tt4, Vv2; small hole in middle of leaf Cc3, impacts text; a few leaves slightly stained. Bookplate of Thomas Jefferson McKee. McKee, 1840-1899, was a well-known book collector and lawyer from New York whose collection was auctioned off in 1900. In the auction, this copy was item number 3091. Autograph of Evert A. Duyckinck, 1839 on top blank margin of title. Evert Augustus Duyckinck, 1816-1878, was an American publisher and biographer. Among his work, he assisted Edgar Allan Poe in printing his Tales collection in 1845 and selected which stories to include. Duyckinck was also known to have lent Melville copies of his books, including a copy of the Decameron and a copy of Paradise Lost. Has the stamp of 'Lenox Library-Duplicate' on verso of title. The Lenox Library was a library incorporated and endowed in 1870, became a part of the founding collection of the New York Public Library in 1895, and opened to the public in this capacity in 1911. Of its collection in 1894, 15,000 of the 83,331 were from the collection of Evert Augustus Duyckinck. Simmons printed 1,200 first edition copies in 1667, and issued them over three years with varying title pages. The title pages have different years, with them reading 1667, 1668, or 1669. There is no known relationship between when a given copy of the text itself was printed, and the attached title page, making establishing priority difficult. This issue includes "Milton's synopsis of each book ("the Arguments" of Books 1–10), his defense of "the Verse," and a list of errata, adding sixteen pages of preliminary matter to the book. Simmons's note to the reader states that he had procured this explanation from Milton because readers of the poem had "stumbled" on first encountering it, asking "why the Poem Rimes not." Milton's strident defense of blank verse (unrhymed iambic pentameter) is printed in large type that fills two pages. His chosen meter, although no longer fashionable by 1667, was the dominant mode of Shakespeare's plays and is the closest to the natural rhythms of English speech. Samuel Johnson later commented sarcastically that, "finding blank verse easier than rhyme, [Milton] was desirous of persuading himself that it is better."" [Morgan Library] JG consignment; shelved case 0.
London: Printed by J.M. for John Starkey, 1671. First Edition, Second Issue. Octavo, , 111, , 101  pages; VG; bound in polished diced brown calf, paneled spine with gilt ruled label and gilt lettering; blind roll to board edges; mild shelfwear; M1 has a small closed tear on the lower edge; complete collation with A², B-O⁸, P⁴, including rare N3 cancel leaf in Samson Agonistes, with fore edge wide and folded, license opposite title page (both with blank versos), Omissa followed by Errata and blank verso at rear; Second issue: With "loth" for "loah" on F2 Complete with license leaf and errata; JG consignment; shelved case 0.
London: S. Simmons, 1674. Second Edition. 12mo, , 333 pages; VG; bound in full maroon straight-grained morocco, spine with elaborate gilt tooling, gilt lettering; gilt text block; two different gilt rolls along borders; gilt roll on board edges, turn-ins; marbled endpapers; top edge pages cut close, with the margin sometimes being removed in its entirety, and part of the title and page number cut in half; second free endpaper has two small slivers of paper glued on, containing previous auction/bookseller descriptions of this volume; Small bookplate on front pastedown, with the seal of the Merrill family. Ffep has the Lalique Bookplate Emilie: a 4.5 inches in length paper decorated with leaves and the large name Emilie in the design as well as the R. Lalique signature in the plain border area. The Lalique Bookplate was designed especially for the American heiress Emilie Grigsby. A 1912 auction sale of her library in New York City stated that every book in the auction contained the bookplate specially designed for her by Rene Lalique. frontispiece portrait engraved by Dolle. The first issue in which the Poem is divided into twelve books (in former issue it was in ten books only). Also for the first time appears Andrew Marvell's Commendatory Poem "On Paradise Lost" JG consignment; shelved case 0.