Areopagitica: A speech of John Milton.

John. Areopagitica. A Speech of Mr. John Milton for the Liberty of Unlicensed Printing to the Parliament of England. [xvi], 48, [2] pp. Folio, 330 x 235 mm, bound in original black cloth, beige spine label, t.e.g. Cambridge: The Rampant Lions Press, 1973.

A handsomely printed edition of Milton's celebrated work: "The most perfect literary expression on freedom of the press and the most widely quoted work on the subject. Milton wrote Areopagitica as a classic unspoken oration in protest of Parliament's re-establishment of press censorship. It appeared without the name of the printer, in defiance of the Parliamentary order of 14 June 1643. Milton defends freedom of the press as essential to the life and progress of the nation. There should be no prior licensing and no punishment after publication save on legally proved charges of libel or blasphemy. He views censorship as an unholy product of the Inquisition and introduces almost all of the arguments against censorship employed, generally less eloquently, by later writers: Censorship is a barrier to learning" (Ralph E. McCoy, Freedom of the Press, An Annotated Bibliography).

Edition limited to 500 copies; this is 1/400 cloth-bound. Printed by hand on special Barcham Green paper by Will and Sebastian Carter in 18-point Palatino type designed by Hermann Zapf and 12-point Monotype Plantin light.

Item nr. 49530
Price: $475.00

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