Chicago: Charles C. Thompson Co., c.1900. Reprint edition. Quarto, publisher's red cloth pictorially stamped in gilt and black, original glassine dust jacket, original paperboard box with printed label.
Early US printing of Gustave Doré's illustrated edition of Milton's Paradise Lost, with reproductions of all 50 of the popular French Romantic illustrator's wood engravings (originally published in 1866). Milton's allegorical epic, which appears here in its entirety, has inspired visual artists almost from the time of its original publication in 1669, with William Blake, Salvador Dalí, and Doré among the most celebrated. Among the scenes from the poem depicted here are the expulsion of Satan from heaven, Adam and Eve in paradise, the nine-day fall of Lucifer's legions to hell, the creation, the temptation of Eve, the flood, Moses holding the ten commandments, and various of Milton's fearsome "Gorgons, and Hydras, and Chimeras dire." Minor bubbling to cloth on rear panel. Original glassine and box each with some wear, including splits to box edges. A remarkably fresh and bright copy, scarce in glassine and box. Item #1039