Milton - A Poem. BLAKE, William. Published by The Trianon Press for the William Blake Trust. (1967) First edition. Quarto. Quarter brown morocco with marbled paper boards. 50 facsimile illuminated pages, including 10 full-page designs, reproduced by the collotype and stencil process, with an additional black and white plate reproducing the rare "Preface". Description and bibliographical statement' by Geoffrey Keynes. Gilt top edge, original morocco-lipped slipcase. Gilt title to spine. None of the four extant copies has all plates, so this is the first complete edition. One of 380 copies (this is no. 204). Printed on Arches, each page watermarked with Blake's monogram. The Spine is slightly and evenly sunned, and some minor shelf wear to the slipcase, otherwise this is a very fine copy.
Milton is an epic poem by William Blake, written and illustrated between 1804 and 1810. Its hero is John Milton, who returns from Heaven and unites with Blake to explore the relationship between living writers and their predecessors, and to undergo a mystical journey to correct his own spiritual errors.
Milton was Blake's longest published poem to date, and was printed in Blake's characteristic combination of etched text and illustration supplemented by watercolour.