San Francisco: Arion Press, 2002. Octavo. One of 400 numbered copies. This edition is based on the second edition of Paradise Lost—issued in 1674 with the text divided into twelve books rather than ten as in the first edition—and also on the Baskerville edition of 1759. Edited by the eminent Milton scholar John T. Shawcross, and with an introduction by the literary critic Helen Vendler, who has contributed to numerous works of the Press. Printed on sumptuous cream-colored Zerkall paper, with display text in Goudy type. A mint copy of one of the foundational texts of Western literature. Bound in black linen with a purple morocco spine label stamped in gold. Housed in a matching slipcase. Slipcase spine and upper extremity slightly faded, otherwise fine. Prospectus laid in. Item #28330
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