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Paradise Lost. A Poem in Twelve Books. The Fifth Edition, Adorn'd with Sculptures.

Illustrated by Bernard Lens I (English, about 1631–1708), Illustrated by John Baptist Medina (Flemish (worked in England and Scotland), 1655–1710), Illustrated by Henry Aldrich (English, 1647–1710), Engraved by Michael Burghers (Dutch (worked in England), active 1676–1723), Engraved by Peter Paul Bouché (Flemish, worked in England, born about 1646), Engraved by Robert White (English, 1645–1703), Author John Milton (English, 1608–1674), Publisher Richard Bently (English, died in 1697), Publisher Jacob Tonson (English, 1656?–1736)

Place of Publication: London, England

Catalogue Raisonné

Wing M2149; Hofer, Baroque Book Illustration, 16


Overall: 32.3 x 20.7 x 3.3 cm (12 11/16 x 8 1/8 x 1 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with thirteen engravings

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(London: Richard Bently and Jacob Tonson, 1691) Quarto; 183 leaves; modern blind-stamped light brown calf, dark red gilt-stamped labels.

Portrait of author, frontispiece illustrations to each book of Milton’s poem

London: Richard Bently and Jacob Tonson, 1691


Arthur and Charlotte Vershbow, by whom given to MFA, November 17, 1993.

Credit Line

Gift of Arthur and Charlotte Vershbow in honor of Alan Shestack