Remarks on Johnson's Life of Milton.

Blackburne Francis (1780)

£600.00  [First Edition]

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To Which Are Added, Milton's Tractate Of Edvcation And Areopagitica. First Edition. Small 8vo. [vi], 172, 161-369pp. Later 19th century quarter sheep with marbled boards, black morocco label. (Neatley rebacked) Paper clean and clear, a few small patches of foxing. A good copy.London:

A very interesting book wherein Blackburne is highly critical of Johnson's Life of Milton. Blackburne saw Johnson's critical biography of Milton as an assertion of the author's political bias, roundly defending Milton's "attachment to Cromwell and readiness to serve what Johnson called a manifest usurpation" (Clarke & Erskine 2012, p. 158). Edmund Cartwright described Blackburne's challange to Johnson as a "truly patriotic regard for the general liberties of Mankind" which have been "insidiously attacked by a masked battery directed at the moral character of Milton, one of Liberty's most zealous and respectable advocates" (Cartwright IV, p. 527). This book represents an important part of continuing debates regarding Milton.

Provenance: Bookplate of Lord Saltoun with a note of presentation to Alexander Fraser, 16th Lord Saltoun (1758-1793) on the title page, dated 1780.

Stock Code: 54185

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