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[january 25TH, 1904.]
SOTHEBY, WILKINSON &* HODGE.
The Milton Manuscript, Belonging To Mr. Henry Clinton Baker, Of Bayfordbury. It Had Been In His Family Since 1772, When It Was Inherited By His Great-greatGRANDFATHER, William Baker, From Richard Tonson,
BROTHER OF THE YOUNGER JACOB TONSON. . . . WILLIAM
Baker Was Eldest Son Of Sir William Baker, M.P. For Herts, Who Married Mary Tonson, Daughter Of The Younger Jacob Tonson, In 1742.
[This extremely important manuscript, with an autograph letter from Jacob Tonson, the elder, was withdrawn at £5,000, the highest bid being £4,750. The manuscript and letter were, therefore, not sold, but are mentioned here on account of the unusual interest attaching to them and the possibility that they may be quoted at some future period, when this account may readily be referred to. The following descriptive account is taken from the auctioneers' catalogue. At the beginning of April, 1904, it was announced that Messrs. Sotheby had sold the MS. and letter privately to an American collector who did not desire, for the present at all events, his name to be made public. The price paid for it was not divulged, but was probably in excess of £5,000, perhaps the same number of guineas.—Ed.]
2145 Milton (John). The Original Manuscript of Book I. of "Paradise Lost," on 33 quarto pages, on a blank leaf at the beginning is the License, corrections occur throughout, and the errors in the first printed edition, which were corrected in the leaf of errata published with the issues of 1668, do not appear. There are numerous small differences in spelling which, as they in no way affected the sound of the words, could not have been noticed by Milton when the proof was read to him.
MS. Print. Line 2. Mortall = Mortal 5. Blissfuli. = Blissful 206. Scaly = Skaly
and many others. In the margins are the printer's marks for the division into sheets. No other portion of the Manuscript has been known to exist, since as least as early as 1731
[The following autograph letter from Jacob Tonson to his nephew, written in 1731, referring entirely to Milton, this manuscript and Dr. Bentley's edition of Milton's works accompanied the manuscript:—
February 311', . Since you desire my opinion & thoughts upon Dr Bentley's edition of Milton I, in compliance, write what follows
The Dr- in his Preface says Page 4 "That the faults might be corrigible from his Manuscripts hut none exists"
Now, I here return you the ManP'- copy of the Ist Book, & there you will find the several places he affirms were altered by the Printer are exactly true to the copy & I think it is plain that the 1" edition was printed by this very copy which was preserved only upon account of the License written before it, & was afsigned over with the bond, when Symonds sold the copy &c to Aylmer of whom I bought it & though there is no date to the license yet 'tis easy to know about the time it was granted by having recourse to the Company's Book where it is entered, & it must be before and near 1667. Pray learn which, & let me know it. If Mr Aylmer is yet living he may give you some account of this matter, and particularly of Symons, the Printer &c.
As for Symons, the person to whom Milton sold the copy he was not a poor Bookseller as the Dr says (page 2). I remember him & he was look't upon an able & substantial printer, &, 1 think, his Father a printer before him, & a strict Difsenter; he lived near Aldersgate & Milton in Jeiuin Street pretty near him, & they might be of acquaintance & perhaps if the former edition of Milton's book were seen he might have been employed by him before, but this is only conjecture. I think Mr Afartyn printed his history of England, & that it came out before Paradise regained, & Starkey printed that, & they were most likely to employ another Printer they were used to, & Symons might be dead.
As for his notes the first is enlarged from that in his Specimens & his opinion not so positive; as to the alteration of Sacred for Secret—I desire any one to read Psalm the i8,h verses 9-10-11-12 & Psalm 97 verse the 2<l — In the 18th Psalm Verse the 11* I think makes for Secret before Sacred (Pray look on Milton in Addison's notes— Page 285—I think this makes for Secret.)
I suppose the Dr is himself of that opinion but backward to own he would, or can pofsibly be mistaken, xvili. 14
Miltons employing a printer so near his own house is to me an argument that he did not trust wholly to the Printer.
As for the Editor, I think that is a mear Phantom of the Dr creating, & raised on purpose to season in appearance his scurrilous invectives against Milton.
Page 4, he calls him by way of contempt "The blind Author." Page 10, he is "blind poor & friendless" which is false in the 2 last as may be proved from Mr Edwards account of him (in Edwards life, written by himself)
As for the word Scaly verse 206, look in the ManP1- it is the only blotted word in the copy, & I know not if it is Scaly or Sealy—I know there is Seal skin used in binding but know not what it is.
Page 12 and 234 "Swalm, empty bombast, nonsense a bad writer, & a blotted copy"—Judge by the copy of this 1st book, if the copy was blotted & I can see no reason not to believe if the copy of the other book was to be found it might be as fair as this you have.
Line 248—Hath. "Hath could not come from the Poet" look in the Manuscript.
Verse 251—A fault neither to be forgiven Milton, nor suspected of him vide the copy. Verse 82 "is not common sense."
Verse 287—" Optick glass brought in
Verse 286—"Silly &* superfluous"—505 you will find the ManP1 agreeing with the first edition, which confirms the Book was printed from it. Verse 580—"Pedantry, silly:"— Verse 590—"and yet this has been represented as a celebrated line"—He means Mr Addison who Vol 3d page 277 commends this verse—704 "A Strange blunder."
Mr. Addison has particularly in Page 263 & 266 commended Milton for these very things the Dr condemns him, & one may find in his notes on Milton a vindication of Milton from a great many of the DTM- mistakes about the Poem—I cannot but observe that the Dr takes not the least notice of Mr Addison's name Page 398—he says "an ingenious and celebrated writer''—By whom he must mean Mr Addison in his notes Page 353 makes afsumption against the 2 last lines of Milton, & for which sole reason I believe the Dr says "the Gentleman" (no naming Mr Addison) could eject these 2 lines" & after "these1 lines cannotpofsibly be spared"
Spectater 269—Mr Addison has described a false critic. I have observed that generally the Dr avoids reflecting so much upon what Mr Addison quotes, & commends in his notes, as he does upon all the wit & sense & sure Mr Addison might in some places have been by name taken notice of.
Looking into Sir W. Temple's work Oct. l't Page 299 there is a character which I am pretty sure was drawn for our Dr who had reflected in his arrogant way upon Sir Wms- naming & recommending in a former efsay Esops &