Oxford University Press 
Printing: Geoffrey Cumberlege
Dark green fabric hardback with gold author/title on spine (Identical to O1a)
Jacket: Green author on white field over white title on green field
139 pages

Printing History: (continued from O1a)
6. 1949[1]
7. 1951
8. 1954
9. 1956 for 10s.6d.
10. 1959
[1] Later O1b printings lists 1949; but O2a lists 6th printing in 1948. 

A Preface to Paradise Lost had its genesis in Lewis's Ballard Matthews Lectures which he delivered at the University College of North Wales in 1941. Two settings of the work currently exist. 

PL2-O2a-2-60-Cover

Oxford Paperbacks (1960)[1]
Printing: Oxford University Press
Paperback by Michael Ayrton: White title/author on black field on yellow cover, featuring falling Satan.

143 pages


Printing History:
1. Sept 1960
2. Dec 1960 for 5s.


[1] Later O2b printings list the year as 1961.

(PL)

Oxford University Press

Printing: USA

Paperback: Black author over white title over black charcoal image of falling angel on teal cover

ISBN: 0-19-500345-4

​143 pages


Printing History:
At least 27 printings

PL1-O1b-9-56-Jacket Front

PL2-O2c-27-x-Cover.

O2c

O1b

A Preface to Paradise Lost

PL1-O1a-1-42-Cover

Oxford University Press (1942)

Printing: Humphrey Milford
Dark green fabric hardback with gold author/title on spine
Jacket: White title on green field over green author on white field
139 pages


Printing History:

1. 1942
2. 1942
3. 1943
4. 1944
5. 1946 [cover unknown]

Oxford Paperbacks
Printing: Oxford University Press
Paperback: Identical to O2a but reduced in size

​143 pages


Printing History:
5. 1967 for 5s.
x. 1969
x. 1970






PL1-O1a-4-44-Jacket Front

PL2-O2b-5-67-Cover

O2b

Setting 1


Setting 2

O1a

O2a