Paradise Lost Lost

In April 1667 Milton signed an agreement with Samuel Simmons, a London bookseller (i.e., publisher), by which he sold the copyright of Paradise Lost for five pounds, plus five pounds for the sale of each of three subsequent editions, an edition comprising 1,500 copies. Milton received a second five pounds in April 1669, making a grand total of ten pounds to the author of England’s greatest epic. After his death, Milton’s widow, his third wife, Elizabeth, sold all remaining rights for eight pounds to Simmons, who became perpetual owner of the copyright.

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