Book 1, Line 192. Proof.[Satan on the Burning Lake.]
Published by Septimus Prowett, 62 Paternoster Row. 1825.
Mezzotint. Proof impression. Fine impression. Platemark: 255 x 350mm (10 x 13¾"); sheet size: 318 x 426mm (12½ x 16 ¾"). Large margins.
Satan on the Burning Lake; a fantastic image depicting Satan, with a helmet and spear, supporting himself on his shield, rolling on the fiery waves of a burning lake flowing among the rocks in a dark cavern, looking towards Beelzebub who flounders beside him. Fully lettered proof impression. From a series of prints illustrating John Milton's (1608–1674) 'Paradise Lost', first published in 1667, consisting of ten books with over ten thousand lines of verse. The poem concerns the Biblical story of the Fall of Man, the temptation of Adam and Eve by the fallen angel Satan and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. Begun by early 1824, this series of engravings was the result of a comission from a little known American publisher Septimus Prowett, who approached Martin to produce mezzotint illustrations to accompany an issue of Milton's text. Prowett's publication was released in four different proof forms; this print is from the 'Imperial Folio Edition' but not bound up at publication time.
Balston 94. (a) 4. CW: 27
[Ref: 36905] £1,500.00