Hard Cover. London: Albion Press, printed and published by James Cundee, 1804. Very Good.
Edited by Rev. John Evans, M.A. Illustrated by engravings. New edition. Three volumes. 8vo. Bound in brown diced calf with gilt borders to front and rear boards, titles in gilt to spine with designs and compartments in gilt, speckled edges, marbled endpapers, brief biography of Milton titled "Sketch of the Life and Writings of John Milton" by the editor, and annotations on the text by Bishop Thomas Newton. Very good set with a bit of wear to spine ends and a crack along the front hinge of volume III, front endpaper of volume I starting, some toning to endpapers, light spotting to a few leaves, ownership signature neatly written in each volume. Overall, an excellent and sturdy set. Paradise Lost is a blank-verse poem that relates the story of Adam and Eve's expulsion from the idyllic Garden of Eden. Originally published in ten books, Milton revised the first edition by breaking two longer chapters in half, creating a total of twelve books. Like Virgil's Aeneid, Paradise Lost is half the length of both of Homer's epics. Milton began composing Paradise Lost after he had gone completely blind; he memorized his verses and orated them to friends and family for inscription. Although this process was due to disability rather than lack of modern technology, the oration of the poem further solidifies this text's ties to earlier epic poetry. Paradise Regain'd is Milton's sequel text to Paradise Lost, focusing on the devil's forty-day temptation of Jesus and the ultimate triumph of good over evil. While the former concerns the temptation of man, the latter explores the temptation of God himself.