The Shorter [Minor] Poems of John Milton With 12 Illustrations by Samuel Palmer Painter and Etcher.

The Shorter [Minor] Poems of John Milton With 12 Illustrations by Samuel Palmer Painter and Etcher.
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London: Seely, 1889. Folio, xx, 124 pp., title-page printed in red and black, 12 etched plates with tissue guards. Original gilt titled vellum, uncut. Some light foxing, mainly at endpapers, covers slightly rubbed; a very good copy. With the signature of A. H. Palmer to the half title and a list of reviews in his hand to verso. Loosely inserted is a bookseller’s letter detailing how he bought this volume. One of 135 large paper copies in the de luxe binding. Prepared by A.H. Palmer as a companion to the Virgil, this book used highly innovative photographic techniques to render paintings as etchings; these were achieved with the help of Dujardin and the printer Goulding. The large-paper edition is very scarce, and is vastly preferable to the regular issue. “This stately volume contains twelve facsimiles of drawings by Palmer, they rank with his best work, and three notable etchings were inspired by them...” Ray, The Illustrator and the Book in England from 1790-1914, 223. (Item Id: 108629)

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