John Milton's poetry has been published many times, both as selections and as complete collections, since he was first writing in the 17th century. Editors are many and varied, and the work has been exhaustively studied.
John Milton (1608–1674) was an English poet, polemicist, man of letters, and civil servant for the Commonwealth of England under its Council of State and later under Oliver Cromwell. He wrote at a time of religious flux and political upheaval, and is best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost (1667), written in blank verse.
Our books are nicely bound (re-bound) in leather-effect green textured cloth with double gilt lines on front and back as marking a half-leather binding. Exteriors are almost free of wear apart from some very minor bumping of corners and shelf wear to top & tail of spines, and a palish patch on the front cover of Vol I. Textblock edges are gilded at the top, and rather foxed along the leading edge, but inside there are few signs of foxing - just occasional pale brownish areas on some pages. A previous owner's ex libris dated 1879 is pasted inside each front cover. Many pages remain uncut. Green silk page markers present.
The special interest of this set lies in the dedication inscribed on the front fep in ink, and the accompanying postcard from the National Theatre, which confirm that the books were given to Giles Cadle (set designer) by Nicholas Hytner, director of the dramatisation of the Philip Pullman novel 'His Dark Materials'.