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Rare books by John Milton, including signed ephemera, first editions and finely bound copies of Paradise Lost, and handsome sets of his poetical works.

Regularly stocked editions of Milton’s works include the Westall-Illustrated edition and The Poetical Works.

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  1. Areopagitica;
    MILTON, John. Areopagitica;

    London : 1819

    First edition under White's editorship, the sixth overall, originally published in 1644. Milton's ringing rhetoric in defence of the freedom of the press was produced as a response to the licensing order of 1643. It has proved the foundation of arguments for freedom of the press ever since, and influenced the American founding fathers, with both Thomas... Learn More

    Stock Code: 125352

  2. Areopagitica.
    MILTON, John. Areopagitica.

    New York : 1890

    First Grolier edition, one of 325 copies published on Holland paper. The Areopagitica was Milton's response to the licensing order of June 1643, and has come "to be valued as the most eloquent defence in English of the right to publish without prior censorship. It has also been invoked as a defence of free speech, but in fact the limits of Miltonic... Learn More

    Stock Code: 122297

  3. Comus.
    MILTON, John. Comus.

    London : 1901

    First Essex House edition, number 82 of 150 copies printed on vellum and hand illuminated. In 1634 Milton was asked to compose the text of a masque "which was to be mounted in Ludlow in honour of the inauguration of John Egerton, earl of Bridgewater, as lord president of Wales. In 1637 or early in 1638 Lawes published Milton's text (without any indication... Learn More

    Stock Code: 137091

  4. 144952
    MILTON, John. Samson Agonistes.

    New York : 1904

    First edition thus, one of 120 copies only, this being the copy of the illustrator and co-runner of the press Helen Marguerite O'Kane with her self-designed bookplate on the front pastedown.

    This finely produced edition features striking designs by O'Kane that demonstrate the Elston Press's "unique style of its own, with O'Kane's illustrations... Learn More

    Stock Code: 144952

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