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Milton, John, 1608-1674.
The Poetical Works of John Milton / Etchings, Mezzotints, and Copper Engravings by William Hyde. London: The Astolat Press, 1904.
Call Number: (SPL) PR 3550 .F04
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By Hedge-row Elms, on Hillocks green,/ Right against the Eastern gate,/ Wher the great Sun begins his state,/ Rob'd in flames, and Amber light,/ The clouds in thousand Liveries dight. - L'Allegro

Artist William Hyde ignored the Art Nouveau trend in book illustration at the beginning of the twentieth century with his pastoral, idyllic illustrations for this 1904 edition. Hyde employed etchings, mezzotints and copper engravings in this edition, but the overall quality of his images have received mixed reviews from scholars.

This copy contains a letter of presentation to the Right Honorable Earl of Rosebury signed by the publisher and bears the Earl's bookplate. The publication of this edition corresponded with the unveiling of a statue of Milton at St. Giles in Cripplegate.


My Lord, As a souvenir of the unveiling of the Wilton statue at St. Giles, Cripplegate, next Wednesday, may I, on behalf of the Astolat Press, ask your Lordship's acceptance of the ^advance copy sent herewith of our new edition of Milton's works, illustrated by Mr. William Hyde.

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