Book 4, Line 813 Proof.[Eve's Dream. Satan aroused]
London Published by Septimus Prowett, 23 Old Bond Street. 1825.
Mezzotint. Proof impression. Fine impression. Platemark: 255 x 350mm (10 x 13¾") sheet size: 318 x 426mm (12½ x 16 ¾"). Large margins. Foxing.
Eve's Dream. Satan aroused; Satan, with his shield raised behind his head, grasping his spear, opposite Ithuriel, who stands on the left with Zephon, while Adam and Eve sleep in the background. 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: 36.
[Ref: 36915] £1,250.00