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technical difficulties which they prefent to one unacquainted with the records and more ancient practice of the Prerogative court in teftamentary proceedings, I muft confefs myself indebted to the kind attention and friendship of SIR WILLIAM SCOTT. There are other papers in the Commons belonging to this business: but as they are mere forms of law, as they throw no new light on the cause, and furnish no anecdotes of Milton and his family, they are here omitted. WARTON.
A LIST of fuch Editions of Milton's POETICAL WORKS as have hitherto been met with by the editor of thefe volumes.
1. A Maske presented at Ludlow Castle, 1634, &c. Printed for H. Robinson, 1637. 4°. This is Lawes's edition of Comus. See vol. v. p. 180.
II. Lycidas, in the Cambridge Verses, 1638. 4°. See vol. v.
III. Poems of Mr. John Milton, both English and Latin, composed at several times. Printed by his true copies. The Songs were fet in mufick by Mr. Henry Lawes, gentleman of the Kings Chappel, &c. Printed and published according to order. London, Printed by Ruth Raworth for Humphrey Mofeley, &c. 1645. fmall 8vo. with his portrait by Marshall. See vol. vi. p. 295.
IV. Paradise Loft, a Poem written in ten books, by John Milton. Licensed and Entred according to order. London, Printed and are to be fold by Peter Parker under Creed Church neer Aldgate; And by Robert Boulter at the Turks Head in Bishopfgate-street; And Matthias Walker under St. Dunstons Church in Fleet-street. 1667. 4o. This is the first title page of the first edition. The poem immediately follows the title-page, without any arguments or lift of errata.
2d Title-page, &c. Paradife Loft, a Poem in ten books. The Author J. M. Licensed and Entred according to order. London, Printed and are to be fold by Peter Parker, &c. [as before] 1668.
3d Title-page, &c. Paradife Loft, a Poem in ten books. The Author John Milton. London, Printed by S. Simmons, and to be fold by S. Thomson at the Bishops-head in Ducklane, H. Mortlack at the White Hart in Westminster Hall, M. Walker under St. Dunstans Church in Fleet-street, and R. Boulter at the Turks-Head in Bishopfgate street, 1668.
To thefe titles of 1668, the addrefs of The Printer to the Reader, and the Arguments of each book, immediately fucceed. See vol. ii. p. i. A table of errata also precedes the poem.
4th Title-page, &c. Paradife Loft, a Poem in ten books. The Author John Milton. London, Printed by S. Simmons, and are to be fold by T. Helder at the Angel in Little Brittain. 1669. With the addrefs of The Printer to the Reader, and the Arguments.
5th Title-page, &c. Paradife Loft, a Poem in ten books. The Author John Milton. London, Printed by S. Simmons &c. [as before] 1669, but without the subsequent addrefs of The Printer to the Reader, yet not without the Arguments; which appear to have been reprinted, as the two laft leaves of the poem feem alfo to have been, in this fifth typographical alteration.
Of this edition fome errata appear to have been corrected in some sheets while they were paffing through the prefs. I will mention an inftance or two. Mr. Lofft obferves, that the 257th line of the fifth book "begins a new paragraph in his copy of 1667, and in that of 1669, and has no comma after cloud: but in that of 1668 it continues unbroken; and has a comma after cloud."-I have two copies of 1668, one of which, (in its original binding,) begins a paragraph with this verse, and has no comma after cloud. The other agrees with Mr. Lofft's statement. Again, the lift of errata to my copy of 1668 directs in to be fubftituted for with, in the penultimate line of the third book: In is printed in both my copies of 1668. I have a copy of 1669 in which with remains. In the copies of 1668 and 1669 the number of this verse alfo differs. Several variations of this kind might be pointed out. Perhaps fome leaves were cancelled. v. Paradise Regained, a Poem in IV books. To which is added Samfon Agonistes. The Author John Milton. London, Printed by J. M. for John Starkey &c. 1671. 8vo. vi. Poems, &c. Upon Several Occafions. By Mr. John Milton: Both English and Latin, &c. Compofed at feveral
times. With a small Tractate of Education to Mr. Hartlib. London, Printed for Tho. Dring &c. 1673. fmall 8vo. To the English poems in this edition were first added, i, Ode on the death of a fair infant. ii. At a Vacation Exercise in the College. iii. On the new forcers of confcience under the Long Parliament. iv. Horace to Pyrrha. v. Nine Sonnets. vi. All the English Pfalms. To the Latin poems, i. Apologus de Ruftico et Hero. ii. Ad Joannem Roufium, &c. In this edition the epiftle from Sir Henry Wotton is omitted. See vol. v. pp. 175, 176.
With his portrait by Dolle,
VII. Paradife Loft, a Poem in twelve books. The Author John Milton. The Second Edition, Revised and Augmented by the fame Author. London, Printed by S. Simmons, &c. 1674. fmall 8vo. and with the commendatory verses of Barrow and Marvell. In the Advertisement to the Glasgow editions of the first book of Paradife Loft in quarto, and of the whole poem in octavo, both printed in 1750, an edition of 1672 is mentioned as the standard edition, of which the text is in thofe editions adopted. After a very extenfive and diligent inquiry, I have been unable, however, to meet with any copy bearing the date of 1672.
VIII. Paradife Loft, &c. 3d Edition. 1678. fmall 8vo. Ix. Par. Regained and Samfon &c. 1680. 8vo. x. Par. Loft, 4th Edition. With his portrait by White, and other plates. Published by fubfcription. See the Life, p. cxv. Lond. Printed by Miles Flefher for Richard Bentley, &c. 1688. Fol. To this edition the two following poems are ufually, but not always, found adjoined. XI. Par. Regained, Lond. Printed by R. E., and fold by Randal Taylor. 1688. Fol.
XII. Samfon Agonistes, Lond. Printed and fold by Randal Taylor. 1688. Fol.
XIII. Paradife Loft, and Regained, with Cuts. London. 1692. Fol.
XIV. Paradife Loft. Lond. 1695. Fol. With Notes by
P. Hume, and with a Table of the most remarkable parts
of the poem, under the three heads of Descriptions, Similies, and Speeches.
xv. Par. Regained, Samfon, and the Smaller Poems, were
alfo printed, in folio for Tonfon, in 1695, and are most frequently found united with the Par. Loft of the fame year. XVI. The Poetical Works, in 2 vols. large 8vo. London. Printed for Tonfon, 1705.
XVII. The fame, 2 vols. 8vo. 1707.
XVIII. Paradife Loft, for Tonfon, 12mo. 1711. This edition is much efteemed. Tickell feems to have printed his edition from it. To this edition is added the index of the principal matters, which Dr. Newton fuppofed to have been first inserted in Tickell's edition.
XIX. Par. Regained, Samfon, and the Smaller Poems, Lond. for Tonfon, 1713. 12mo. This edition is also valuable. It rectifies several errours of the text in the handsome, but incorrect, editions of 1705 and 1707.
This edition appeared with another bookfeller's name (W. Taylor) in the general title-page, and with the date of 1721 But in the separate titles of Samfon, and the Poems, the true date remains. It is unquestionably the edition of 1713 with a new title-page.
xx. Paradife Loft, with plates. Lond. 1719. 12mo. XXI. The Poetical Works, in 2 vols. 4to. for Tonfon, 1720. With Mr. Addifon's Criticifm on the Par. Loft, and an Index of the principal matters. This is Tickell's edition. It is fplendidly printed. A lift of more than 300 fubscribers is prefixed to it.
XXII. The fame, in 2 vols. 12mo. With Mr. Addifon's Criticifm. 1721.
*x11*. Paradise Loft, 8vo. Dublin, for G. Grierson, 1724, XXIII. Paradife Loft, to which is prefixed an Account of the Life of Milton, 8vo. Lond. 1725. Fenton's edition. XXIV. Par. Regained, Samfon, and the Smaller Poems, under the care alfo of Fenton, 8vo. 1725.
xxv. The Poetical Works, 2 vols. 8vo. Lond. 1727. Fenton's.