John Martin's mezzotints for Paradise Lost in large
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Author: Martin, John
Title: Suite of 24 hand-colored mezzotints designed and engraved by John Martin for the 1827 two-volume edition of John Milton's Paradise Lost
Place Published: London
Date Published: 1825-1827
24 hand-colored mezzotint plates, interleaved with plain paper guards, calligraphed title page. (folio) 34.3x25 cm (13½x9¾"), bound in full navy-blue levant morocco decoratively tooled in gilt, raised spine bands, morocco doublures elaborately ruled & tooled in gilt, moiré silk free endleaves, all edges gilt.
Sumptuous presentation of the complete suite of 24 large format mezzotints, conceived and engraved by John Martin for an 1827 edition of Milton's Paradise Lost. Martin's mezzotints are considered masterworks of 19th century printmaking. The lush and skillful hand coloring of these prints significantly heightens the power of the mezzotints. Martin engraved his plates in both small and large formats; the large format is the preferred state. The mezzotint engravings were commissioned in 1824 by the publisher Septimus Prowett, and sold to subscribers in stages between 1825 and 1827, then printed alongside the poem in the folio edition of 1827. The prints were a critical and commercial success, and sold around the world. The binding seems to be from later in the 19th century. The calligraphed title page reads "Mezzotint Collection. Engraved by John Martin. London: 1829." A deluxe and exceptionally rare presentation of these masterful prints. Probably Unique.