Milton, John and John Martin, Illus.
Seller ID: 1860
London: Washbourne, 1853. Later edition with Martin illustrations illustrating the edition by Prowett, 1827 (pp. [x], 373). Quarto ( 28 cm) in brown morocco over heavy boards, gilt titles and decorations. 24 fine full-page mezzotint plates by John Martin (1789- 1854). One of the most famous illustrated books published in England, and the only book for which John Martin is now remembered. “The publication was a complete success, and Martin's plates won lasting renown . There have been many ambitious schemes of publishing which have failed because the artist did not rise to the height of his opportunity, but this was emphatically not the case with Martin. Among the plates of Paradise Lost there is a high proportion of unique and original design" (Balston). “Martin’s imagery was drawn partly from the mystical and partly from the industrial, while being an incurable romantic, he was also a child of the Industrial Revolution and his vast palaces, gorges and subterranean caverns have a quality of fact and experimental engineering about them” (Houfe). Covers rubbed and with some wear, a page or two with neat repair, occasional foxing to margin of plates. Very Good.
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