Milton, John, 1608 - 1674
Poems of Mr. John Milton, both English and Latin, compos'd at several times. Printed by his true copies. The songs were set in musick by Mr. Henry Lawes Gentleman of the Kings Chappel, and one of His Maiesties private musick. Printed and publish'd according to order.
Added title page title: Mask of the same author presented at Ludlow-Castle, 1634
Added title page title: Poemata
Added title page title: Joannis Miltoni Londinensis Poemata
London, : Printed by Ruth Raworth for Humphrey Moseley, and are to be sold at the signe of the Princes Arms in S. Pauls Church-yard., 1645..
, 120, 87,  p.,  leaf of plates : port. ; 16 cm. (8vo)
Variant: last line of imprint has "in Pauls" in place of "in S. Pauls".
"Joannis Miltoni Londinensis Poemata" has separate dated title page, pagination, and register. It was probably also issued separately (cf. Wing M2159). "A mask of the same author presented at Ludlow-Castle, 1634" has separate dated title page; pagination and register are continuous.
The first leaf is blank.
The engraved frontispiece portrait (plate), which is the first published portrait of Milton, is signed: W.M. sculp:, i.e. William Marshall.
Includes decorated initials, head- and tail-pieces.
Poems in English, Italian, Latin, and Greek.
Signatures: a⁴ A-G⁸ H⁴ ²A-²E⁸ ²F⁴.
Shawcross, J. Milton 70, 71
Wing (CD-Rom, 1996) M2160
Modern binding in seventeenth century style; brown sprinkled calf; gold tooled double fillet on boards; gold tooling on spine; red edges; heavy trimming to pages but with no loss of text.
Engraved frontispiece has been rebacked onto modern paper in two sections, with possible loss of an ownership inscription between image and Greek epigram. A couple of letters from the epigram lost.
Bookseller's notes and price ("£8,500") on front pastedown.
Marshall, William, fl. 1617 - 1650 engraver.
Lawes, Henry, 1596 - 1662
Milton, John, 1608 - 1674 Poemata.
Moseley, Humphrey, ? - d. 1661 bookseller.
Raworth, Ruth printer.
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