London: Printed by Miles Fletcher, for Richard Bently, 1688. Fourth Edition, Variant Imprint, First Folio Edition, First Illustrated Edition. Folio, [i], 343, ; VG-; newly rebound in full speckled calf, paneled spine with gilt lettering and tooling; with frontispiece, plates 1-11, lacking plate 12; facsimile of plate 12 bound in; frontispiece has some rubbing and wear; plate 1 has been trimmed along the upper and fore edges, does not impact illustration, but does impact the plate mark; chip missing on plate 6, does not impact illustration; archival repair to rear of plates 4, 9, 11; two names in ink on title page; title page missing small chip on lower fore corner; some pages have mild smudging or staining;
JG consignment; shelved case 0.
Shelved Dupont Bookstore
Engravings by M. Burghers and P.P. Bouche after J.B. Medina, Bernard Lens, and Henry Aldrich (see Shawcross); frontispiece port. engraved by Robert White.; Mispagination: pages 251-296 misnumbered 151-196; 219-220 repeated in paging (as usual).;
One of the earliest examples of subscription publishing, financed by Lord Somers, the fourth edition of Paradise Lost was the first to be printed in folio format and is the first illustrated edition, distinguished by high quality paper, large, clear type, and ample margins.
Wickenheiser 608, Wing M2147, Shawcross 1984 346, Coleridge 93a, PML 36799