London: John Sharpe, 1816-1817. Four twelvemo volumes bound in two, full contemporary calf, boards ruled in blind, raised bands, spine compartments elaborately gilt, brown morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, marbled edges, pink endpapers, silk ribbon markers. Illustrated with twenty-four engraved plates, including the engraved titles. Offsetting to endpapers, early ink signature to engraved title of Volume III, light foxing to plates.
Handsomely illustrated set of John Milton's collected poems, with a frontispiece portrait after a painting by Thomas Stothard, and engraved title pages and plates by Richard Westall, who would go on to serve as Queen Victoria's drawing master. In addition to Paradise Lost, the set contains all of Milton's shorter poems, including Paradise Regained, Samson Agonistes, Comus, and Lycidas: “Sunk though he be beneath the watery floor; / So sinks the day-star in the ocean bed, / And yet anon repairs his drooping head, / And tricks his beams, and with new-spangled ore / Flames in the forehead of the morning sky." A lovely set.