Jul 30, 2020 - Sale 2543

Sale 2543 - Lot 279

Price Realized: $ 5,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,500 - $ 3,500
Milton, John (1608-1674) The Poetical Works of John Milton, with a Life of the Author by William Hayley. Three folio volumes, illustrated with thirty-two finely hand-colored mezzotints, viz., three portraits of Milton at different ages, one folding mezzotint of Milton and his two daughters after Romney, the balance of images engraved after Richard Westall (1765-1836) illustrating the works of the poet; all with expert contemporary hand-coloring; half-titles present in all volumes; bound in uniform contemporary straight-grained russet morocco, tooled ornately in blind and gilt, a.e.g., very good; repaired tear to page 103/104, volume II, otherwise very good internally, 12 x 9 3/4 in. (3) London: Printed by W. Bulmer & Co., Shakspeare Printing-Office, for John & Josiah Boydell, and George Nicol; from Types of W. Martin, 1794, 1795, & 1797.

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Perhaps Bulmer's most important typographical accomplishment, ornamented by Hayley's biography and Restall's images; hand-colored copies are rare. ESTC T135450.