MILTON, John (1608-1674). Paradise Lost: A Poem in Twelve Books. London: Miles Flesher for Richard Bently, 1688.
Small folio (313 x 199 mm). Engraved portrait frontispiece of Milton by William Faithorne signed R. White, 13 engraved plates, most by Michael Burghers or Peter Paul Bouche, 6pp. subscriber's list. (Some browning or spotting, a few edges fraying, a few leaves remargined, a few short tears repaired, occasionally affecting plates.) Modern quarter morocco, vellum (joint starting, some light staining or wear. Fourth Edition, the first illustrated edition, "the earliest serious effort to illustrate an important work of English poetry" (Hodnett). ESTC R13313; E. Hodnett, Five Centuries of Book Illustration, 1988, p.63; Wing M2146.
Estimate $ 1,000-1,500
Provenance: Gulielums Haggerson (early ownership signature on title-page).