Milton’s Italian Poems translated, and addressed to a Gentleman of…

~ Milton’s Italian Poems translated, and addressed to a Gentleman of Italy. By Dr. Langhorne. London: Printed for T. Becket... 1776.

4to (228 × 185 mm), pp. [iii]–x, ‘ix’, [2], 12–16; complete; ms ink correction to p. 11; a good copy, disbound.

Sole edition. ‘Scarce any foreign language is at present much cultivated in this country except the French: but in the earlier ages of English poetry, Italian literature was the favourite study of our Authors... Milton, who was an universal scholar, and deeply skilled in languages, foreign as well as ancient, has not only naturalized the sonnet, but has in a few of those compositions, addressed to natives of Italy, adopted the use of their language. Of these few Dr. Langhorne has here given us an elegant version, which he has judiciously endeavoured to accommodate to the style and manner of the English sonnets of his original’ (Monthly Review).

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