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Accession number: 2012.20.7
Category: Other Documents
Date: 1711
Materials: Paper
Measurements: 13.4 cm L x 7.9 cm W x 3 cm Thick
Marks/Label: Inside cover label is pasted a coat of arms: John and Mary Burgess. Small card found inside:  printed on one side: W.E. Marshall, Barrister-at-Law, Notary Public, Sc. Bridgewater, N.S. Other side has hand written note by W.E. Marshall.
Subject: Bridgewater, People, William E. Marshall, John Burgess, Mary Burgess, Paradise Lost
Narrative: Paradise Lost is an epic poem in blank verse by the 17th-century English poet John Milton (1608–1674). The first version, published in 1667, consisted of ten books with over ten thousand lines of verse.  A second edition followed in 1674, arranged into twelve books (in the manner of Virgil's Aeneid) with minor revisions throughout and a note on the versification. It is considered by critics to be Milton's major work, and it helped solidify his reputation as one of the greatest English poets of his time. The poem concerns the Biblical story of the Fall of Man: the temptation of Adam and Eve by the fallen engel Satan and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden.  Milton's purpose, stated in Book I, is to "justify the ways of God to men". (Wikepedia)
Description: Brown hard cover book.  376 pages. Index at the back. Book is divided into 12 books with an illustration at the beginning of each section.   Small rectangular card with hand writing by W.E. Marshall.  Small business card found inside.
History of Use: Used by John and Mary Burgess and W.E. Marshall.