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24 Jan 2019 16:30 GMT

Doves Press: Milton (John)

AREOPAGITICA;

A SPEECH BY MR. JOHN MILTON FOR THE LIBERTY OF UNLICENSED PRINTING TO THE PARLIAMENT OF ENGLAND

Published: The Doves Press, Hammersmith, 1907

Edition: Private Press

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Printed from the First Edition 'Printed in the Yeare 1644. 74 + (i colophon) pages, full limp vellum by the Doves Bindery, one of 300 copies, a fine copy.

With the original prospectus issued by the Doves Press loosely inserted (see additional image  2).

Franklin (Colin) The Private Presses, Second Edition, Scolar Press, 1991, pages 105 and 275, ‘ It is a kind of paradox that the Doves Press, simplest and purest of them all in style, was the creation of more passion and complexity of thought than the rest of them put together. Doves Press books have to be seen from more than one level, and the fascination grows up acquaintance. Their common reputation, simplicity and type face, comes first. “The Doves Press deserves mentioning for their insistence on plain printing.’ Mr Steinberg writes. The deduction is often made that these were the books which influence our own. Morris and decoration and Gothic, it is said, showed great panache in a street marked clearly ‘No Thoroughfare.” Walker and Cobden-Sanderson stated on the broad way to our own taste.’ 

300 copies on paper £1 5s, 25 copies on vellum £3 10s. Bound in Michalet boards with linen spine or in vellum.

  • Overall Condition: Fine
  • Size: Small 4to (245 x 170 mm)
  • Sold By: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
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  • Country: South Africa
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