Masque of Comus


Author: John Milton

Illustrator: Edmund Dulac

MILTON, John. The Masque of Comus. The Poem by John Milton. With a Preface by Mark Van Doren. The Airs by Henry Lawes. With a Preface by Hubert Foss. Illustrated with Water-colors by Edmund Dulac. Cambridge: The Limited Editions Club, 1954. 8vo, viii 74pp. Half velum with full-color marbled boards, stamped in gilt on spine. 6 full-color plates. A near fine copy with slight cracking and discoloration to velum, in black-cloth slipcase.

First, Limited Edition Thus. #535 of 1500 numbered copies. The final book illustrated by the celebrated British illustrator Edmund Dulac, which was printed the year after his death in 1953. This beautiful poem by the author of Paradise Losttells the story of Comus, the son and cupbearer of the Roman god, Bacchus. Dulac's 6 delicate and moving watercolor illustrations perfectly encapsulate the tender majesty of Milton's iconic verse.