London and its Environs -- a 'Paradise' Lost?
An article by Lisa M. Krieger, originally written for the San Jose Mercury News (apparently), was reprinted in the Korea Herald as "Rare book collection on display at Stanford" (March 3, 2011) and caught my eye with these words:
Highlights of the exhibit include a copy of John Milton's "Paradise Lost," the only book known to have been signed both by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, close friends and political collaborators.That did intrigue me, but my eye was caught again, and the mystery deepened, as I looked at the illustrative photograph with its caption, shown above, which indicates that Thomas Jefferson -- or possibly James Madison, at least one of those five signifying times -- signed off as John Hancock on this copy of 'Paradise Lost.'
"We don't know what the back story is," Winterer said. "Was it owned by Jefferson, and lent to Madison? Or owned by Madison, and lent to Jefferson?"
Then there’s this mystery: "Why did Madison sign it five different times?" [Lisa M. Krieger, Korea Herald, March 4, 2011, page 16 (hard copy)]
Somebody at the Korea Herald seems to have a high opinion of London and its Environs . . . perhaps an expat Englishman, some displaced Londoner forever lamenting his lost paradise?
Meanwhile, the truth is out there . . .