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John Milton Collection

500 items (dispersed)

The items available in first edition include [Comus], A maske presented at Ludlow Castle (1637); Areopagitica: a Speech for the Liberty of Unlicenc'd Printing (1644); Eikonoklastes (1649); and no less that six variant issues of the first edition of Paradise Lost (1667-69).

The Library also holds a copy of the otherwise unremarkable Obsequies to the Memoire of Mr Edward King (1638), in which 'Lycidas', composed the previous year, made its first appearance under the initials 'J.M.'. Furthermore there is a collection of Milton's pamphlets on divorce, such as the second edition of The Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce Restored to the Good of Both Sexes (1644), born of his own hapless experience of matrimony.

Finding aids

Recorded in general printed-book catalogue.


The John Rylands Library

Using the reading rooms in the John Rylands Library

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