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Book – “Paradise Lost”
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Title: Book – “Paradise Lost”
Identifier: 979.6.1322
Donor: Geoffrey Sayers
Item Date: 1896-1914
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A hard covered turquoise, red, green and gold book of 192 pages entitled “Paradise Lost” by author John Milton. There is an intricate design with a flower motif on both the front and spine of the book.

'Paradise Lost' is an epic poem in blank verse by the 17th-century English poet John Milton. It was originally published in 1667 in ten books; a second edition followed in 1674, re-divided into twelve books with minor revisions throughout and a note on the versification. The poem concerns the Judeo-Christian story of the Fall of Man: the temptation of Adam and Eve by Satan and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. Milton's purpose, stated in Book I, is "to justify the ways of God to men" and elucidate the conflict between God's eternal foresight and free will. The poem grapples with many difficult theological issues, including fate, predestination, and the Trinity. visited Jan. 3, 2008.

H.M. Caldwell Co., New York was a publisher that was in business between the years of 1896 and 1914. They were a subsidiary of Estes and Lauiat and published standard classics and gift books in attractive bindings. Their advertisements note that they sell "commonly read literature in bindings that would suit any décor" and that they are "makers of books with illustrations in library and presentation editions."
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