To celebrate the four-hundredth anniversary of the
birth of John Milton (1608–1674), The Morgan Library
& Museum is pleased to present the only surviving
manuscript of Paradise Lost, Book 1. This epic poem is
considered Milton's greatest artistic achievement and
one of the finest works of the human imagination.
Acquired by Pierpont Morgan in 1904, it is the most
important British literary manuscript in the collection.
The 33-page manuscript has been temporarily disbound,
providing an opportunity to see more of its pages than
ever before. Also in this presentation are
first editions of Paradise Lost printed in England and the
United States during the seventeenth and eighteenth
centuries and a rarely seen miniature portrait of the poet.
This exhibition is made possible through the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Rudy L. Ruggles, Jr.
John Milton (1608–1674)
By the King. A proclamation for calling in and suppressing of two books written by John Milton: the one intituled, Johannis Miltoni Angli pro populo Anglicano defensio, contra Claudii Anonymi alias Salmasii, defensionem regiam, and the other in answer to a book intituled, The pourtraicture of His Sacred Majesty in his solitude and sufferings: and also a third book intituled, The obstructors of justice, written by John Goodwin / by the King.
London : Printed by John Bill and Christopher Barker, Printers to the Kings most Excellent Majesty, 1660.