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CHISWICK PRESS :- CHARLES WHITTINGHAM AND CO., TOOKS COURT,

CHANCERY LANE,

ADVERTISEMENT TO THE EDITION

OF 1851.

HE present Edition of the Poetical Works

of Milton has been carefully printed from the Author's copies; the orthography so

peculiar in the writings of Milton has been scrupulously preserved: and if an authority were required for closely following the text of an author, it is only necessary to quote the words of the Rev. John Keble; who, in the preface to Hooker, says, " however both in this question (punctuation) and still more in that of spelling, the Editor acknowledges that he should himself prefer an exact reprint of the original, excepting, of course, palpable errors of the press. In one respect especially, i. e.

a specimen of language, ancient books lose very much of their value by the neglect of ancient orthography.”

The most authentic likeness of Milton appeared with his History of Britain, which was printed in 1670; it was drawn “ from the life,” when he was 62 years old, by William Faithorne, and engraved also by him: the portrait which faces the title page of this volume is engraved by William Humphreys,

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and is a faithful copy from that by Faithorne; the
line under the portrait and the name are fac-similes
of Milton's handwriting, from a copy of Aratus'
Phænomena, now in the British Museum.

The copyright of Paradise Lost was sold to Sa-
muel Symmons for five pounds; who was to pay a
further five pounds when the first impression, which
was to consist of thirteen hundred copies, should be
sold and retailed off; and other fire pounds at the
end of the second impression; and five pounds more
at the end of the third impression. The original
agreement, dated 27 April, 1667, was in the collec-
tion of Samuel Rogers, Esq. It was sold by the late
Williain Pickering for one hundred guineas.

May 1, 1851.

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