Areopagitica

Creator

Alternative Title

Areopagitica : a speech of Mr. John Milton for the liberty of unlicenc'd printing, to the parliament of England

Date Created

1907

Identifier

PR3570 .A7 1907 [Special Collections]

Type

Publisher

Doves Press : Hammersmith (England)

Abstract

On display is John Milton’s Areopagitica, with its classic bibliophilic message: ‘…but hee who destroyes a good Booke, kills reason it selfe, kills the Image of God, as it were in the eye. Many a man lives a burden to the Earth; but a good Booke is the pretious life-blood of a master-spirit, imbalm’d & treasur’d up on purpose to a life beyond life.’ It is rather ironic to learn that in 1911, T.J. Cobden-Sanderson made ‘the last will and testament’ of the Doves Press, and acting on it, consigned all the type, punches and matrices into the Thames. To him, the type was consecrated and not for commercial use, as his partner Emery Walker had suggested. This fine book was printed by both men – in happier times.

Files

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Citation

Milton, John, “Areopagitica,” ourheritage.ac.nz | OUR Heritage, accessed May 22, 2024, https://ourheritage.ac.nz/items/show/7618.