Gustav Dore’s Illustrations for John Milton’s Paradise Lost (1866, Cassell & Co)


Satan in Eden (p. 37)

Gustav Dore (1832 – 1883) was one of the pre-eminent illustrators of the Victorian age. Born in Paris, and working mainly through wooden engraved prints he produced illustrations for everyone from Byron to Edgar Allen Poe. The beautiful prints below depict scene’s in Milton’s Paradise Lost. They may have been from the 50 plates he produced for an 1866 edition of Paradise Lost, or later re-publishings. I picked these up for a song Spitafield’s Market. There were more on sale, and I kick myself to this day for not buying more of them…

Source: Gustav Dore’s Illustrations for John Milton’s Paradise Lost (1866, Cassell & Co)

21 thoughts on “Gustav Dore’s Illustrations for John Milton’s Paradise Lost (1866, Cassell & Co)

  1. When I was young my dad let me have temporary custody of his copy of Don Quixote. I loved the illustrations by Gustav Dore and the elaborate book-binding. I even made a rubbing of the covers that is probably still in my art folders somewhere. If I had money I’d probably collect old books like that. 🙂

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  2. Are wooden/engraved prints done much anymore? I remember, in grade school, making “stamps” by carving into potatoes and that was quite a chore. I can’t imagine the work that would go into one of these let alone 50!!

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