Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained
London: The Cresset Press, 1931. Two volumes. Folio. One of 195 copies on Batchelor's hand made paper. (This copy #105). Set in type from a copy of the Revised 1674 edition (Paradise Lost) and the first edition of 1671 (Paradise Regained). Twenty wood-engravings (16 full-page, plus head- and tail-pieces in each volume) were designed and engraved on wood by Demitrios Galanis. Title page and Initial letters designed by Anna Simmons. The copies were printed Bernard Newdigate at Shakespeare Head Press, in Oxford.
Volume I, (i)-xii, (1)-442, colophon; Volume II, (i-vi), (1)-88, colophon.
370 by 260mm (14¾ x 10½ inches).
SOLD WITH this item, is a prospectus for this work, dated 1930, by Cresset Press, New York. This is printed in red and black 72cm x 50cm. Folded. Contains two engravings (one full page) and a leaf of the text. To the rear, is an apology to the Golden Cockerel Press for publishing a Milton at the same time that they are.
Condition: No slipcase. Marking to the covers and an area of damp staining to the back panel of volume 2. Tiny (0.5cm). Inside, volume 1 is spotless. There is a fractional staining to the last few leaves of volume 2 (corresponding to the damp stain on the cover). Otherwise in excellent condition.