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John Milton
Doves Press Areopagitica 1907, Rare Book
Doves Press. DOVES PRESS Milton, John. Areopagitica. Hammersmith 1907. A masterpiece of arts and craft printing. Printed in black by T. J.Cobden-Sanderson & Emery Walker using the Doves type, which Cobden-Sanderson famously destroyed by throwing into the Thames between 1914-1917. Small 4to, publisher's full limp gilt-lettered vellum, spine faded, light wear; scattered ink splattering, bleeding into margins of a few leaves but not touching the text block. one of 300 unnumbered copies printed on paper. one of the earliest and most important works on the freedom of speech and of a free press and an iconic publication by doves press. See Franklin 275 or Tidcombe 12. Interesting provenance: Inscribed to "Frances Hunter from Mr. and Mrs. Harold Peirce 1912." Harold Peirce of Philadelphia (1856-1932) worked for NY Life and was very well-known collector of books, Americana and historical documents. A 1903 catalog of Peirce's library remarks that "the owner Harold Peirce, of Philadelphia, has long been known among book collectors as one always willing to pay a fair price for any literary rarity, on condition that it be in the best possible state." It notes that the collection included at the time a full set of Doves Press to include all but one of the vellum editions. A collection of correspondence between Peirce and Cobden-Sanderson is held at UC Berkley. Blind stamp indicates the previous ownership of a Milton scholar and collector who taught at West Point. Shipped with USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope.
Libraire: thayerrdpress [West Point, New York, US]
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