San Francisco: The Arion Press, 2002. The Monotype Corporation used the type in Baskerville's Milton of 1758 as a model when it made its version of Baskerville in 1923, and it is from the Monotype cutting that we have cast the type for this book, in the 14-point size. The page format is 10 by 6-7/8 inches. In homage to the 1674 printing, we have employed a black-letter type in running heads, Goudy Text, designed by the most prolific American designer, Frederic W. Goudy. The volume consists of 432 pages. The binding is full black linen over boards, round back, headbands, in slipcase covered with the same cloth, with inset purple leather labels stamped in genuine gold for the titling on both book and slipcase. The book edition is limited to 400 numbered copies and 26 lettered copies. New. Item #CNAP064
"Paradise Lost" was composed after 1652, when Milton had gone blind, dictated from memory to a secretary. Of that transcription, only a manuscript for Book I survives, in the collection of the Morgan Library in New York City, its spelling, punctuation, capitalization altered in the earliest printed versions.
Professor John T. Shawcross, an eminent Miltonist at the University of Kentucky, has developed a new modernized text for the Arion edition. His appended "Note on the Text" explains the modifications. Helen Vendler, the respected literary critic and University Professor at Harvard, has contributed to several Arion Press books. Her substantial essay introducing "Paradise Lost" was done in preparation for a planned study of "Paradise Regained", which she feels deserves renewed attention.
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