DOVES PRESS: MILTON, John.

Areopagitica;

A Speech of Mr. John Milton for the Liberty of Unlicenc'd Printing, to the Parlament of England.

Hammersmith: at the Doves Press by T. J. Cobden-Sanderson and Emery Walker, 1907 Stock Code: 148607
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The finest edition of Milton's plea for freedom of the press

First Doves Press edition, one of 325 copies of which this is one of 300 copies printed on paper.

The Doves Press Areopagitica is surely the finest edition of the text ever published, in typography and design as elegant and austere as Milton's prose and philosophy. The text is taken from the first edition of 1644, written in response to the licensing order of 1643. Milton's rhetoric has proved the foundation of arguments for freedom of the press ever since, and influenced the American founding fathers, with both Thomas Jefferson and James Madison citing it.

This copy was from the collection of Judge Willis Vickery (1857-1932), a celebrated book collector whose collection was sold at the American Art Association, Anderson Galleries, in 1933.

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Description

Octavo. Original limp vellum by the Doves Bindery (stamped rear pastedown), spine lettered in gilt.

Condition

Consistent tanning to vellum and slightly cockled. Occasional foxing to top edge of leaves, offsetting to front free endpaper from bookplate, but otherwise clean and fresh. A very good copy.

Bibliography

Tidcombe DP12.

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