Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Spotlighting Satan

Satan tormenting lost souls
If you were a book illustrator faced with creating the first illustrations for Milton's Paradise Lost, where would you focus? Let's face it, at least in the early parts of the poem, Satan is the most compelling character, and he's certainly the most fun to draw. It's no surprise, then, that he gets top billing in Jacob Tonson's lavish 1688 printing of Paradise Lost.

Not that we are feeling any cynicism about Christmas or anything, but it seemed like a good time to give him a moment in the sun...

Satan on earth gesturing to heaven and God
Satan surrounded by demons
Tonson's beautiful edition is waiting for you. Just ask for Rare PR3560 1688.

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