Paradise annotated

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“Many men, many minds, and many opinions,” quotes Edwards Bowens (his book), in his copy of Paradise Regained (London: by J.M. for John Starkey, 1671), bought on June 28, 1709. Beinecke call number: 1977 2532. Bowens also signed his copy of the fifth edition of Richard Capel’s Tentations: their nature, danger and cure (London: by E.B. for J. Bartlet, 1655); Beinecke call number Mhc5 C170 T2 1655.

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Readers of Paradise Regained seem not to have suffered from a lack of opinions, judging by the Beinecke’s second annotated copy, with text corrections and a manuscript essay with several dozen poems bound in at the back (Beinecke call number Osborn pb117). Modern day Milton enthusiasts will be interested in the BBC’s John Milton festivities to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Milton’s birth.

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