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Milton’s Comus, 1910

Milton’s Comus, 1910

Regular price $125.00 USD
Regular price Sale price $125.00 USD
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J M Dent & Sons, London


Comus is a masque (a private theatrical pageant) written by John Milton and performed for John Egerton, 1st Earl of Bridgewater at Ludlow Castle to honor the Earl's new post as Lord President of Wales. The Earl's two sons & daughter performed in this masque. The plot concerns two brothers & their sister who become lost in the woods. The debauched god Comus, son & cup bearer to Dionysus, approaches the sister disguised as a villager, promising to lead her back to her brothers. Instead, he holds her captive in his palace and tries to persuade her to drink from his cup, representing earthly pleasures. She refuses; the masque is meant to be a sort of ode to virtue. 

This particular edition from 1910 features biographical sketches of the family along with 8 tinted photogravures of family portraits along with 3 facsimile prints of the original text. Bound in plain grey cloth coverboards with a brown leather spine, gilded, with a red ribbon page marker. While the interior is very good, the spine is quite dry & cracked with some areas of leather loss. Nevertheless a scarce & desirable volume, offered at a low price as is.

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