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This catalog outlined the exhibit that included twenty-three 17th-century Milton editions, most notably the first editions of Milton’s first prose work (1641), of his great defense of a free press Areopagitica (1644), of his first collection of poetry (1645), and of several political works of the 1650s. The exhibit included all four editions of Paradise Lost published during Milton’s lifetime. Complementing the books on display were engravings of English and Italian cities where Milton lived, studied and visited.


This catalog accompanied the exhibit of materials on John Milton and seventeenth-century culture displayed in the Mezzanine Exhibit Gallery of Thomas Cooper Library at the University of South Carolina. The exhibIt was fIrst mounted for the fIfty-seventh annual meeting of the Southeastern Renaissance Conference, held at the University in April 2000.