Areopagitica; A Speech of Mr. John Milton for the Liberty of Unlicenc'd Printing, to the Parliament of England. London: [no printer], 1644
4to (7 x 5 1/4 in.; 178 x 134 mm). Headpiece of printer's ornaments; lightly browned, some leaves strengthened in gutter margin, lacking final blank leaf, sidenote on page 8 shaved. Modern wrappers, in a black half-morocco drop-box, gilt-stamped title on spine.
First edition. "The argument for freedom has never, before or since, been so magnificently or forcefully expressed" (PMM). The government sought to re-impose control over printing by an ordinance of 14 July 1643, provoked by the multiplication of political tracts just before the outbreak of the Civil War in 1642. Milton's own work came under attack under the new ordinance, and the present work is his response."What we owe to Milton first and foremost is the isolation of the freedom of the press from all the other forms of toleration, especially religious toleration, disputed and advocated at the time; it is this, and the vigour of the matchless prose in which it was advocated, that give Milton's words their life today" (PMM).
In this copy the word "wayfaring" on page 12, has not been amended to "warfaring."
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