John Milton Works Verse & Prose 1863 London fine 8 vol. red morocco leather setBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
(Old Books, 19th Century Books, Leather Book Bindings, John Milton, Poetry).
The Works of John Milton in Verse and Prose. Printed from the Original Editions with a Life of the Author by the Rev. John Mitford.
Published 1863, London by Bickers and Bush.
8 volumes, each c. 270 pages. Text in English. Engraved frontis portrait, folding engraved letter. Fine well printed edition of this classic work.
Period full grained morocco leather bindings, raised bands, elaborate compartment decorations, gilt ruled covers in concentric boxes, patterned gilt inner dentelles, marbled end papers, top edges gilt, deckled edges.
Set is physically old and shows some signs of handling and time. Set is not new or in "new" condition. Spine bottoms all slightly darkened from old hand number removal. Please see pics- this and other age wear flaws to the leather visually easy to forgive with this handsome set that still presents very well on the shelf.
Bindings are all sound, sturdy and relatively well preserved. Light rubbing, minor staining, gently age worn, joints scuffed, small flake spots, tiny nicks, etc.- yet still very attractive as an antiquarian set of books. Not near perfect or "Fine", but more like Good+ to VG+ condition. A fine noble set which shows some age but could fit into most libraries without apology.
Text block paper remains fresh and clean, internally well preserved, trivial staining or soiling, any flaws of a minor type unworthy of specific mention.
As seen and described, set displays a pleasing and unique age patina and is in very agreeable antiquarian condition, any age defects or issues easy to overlook or forgive.
Please review photos for more detail and our best attempt to convey how this antique item survives.
Books Measure c. 9" H x 6" W.