• Christopher Warren deposited Damaged Type and Areopagitica’s Clandestine Printers in the group Group logo of LLC 17th-Century EnglishLLC 17th-Century English on MLA Commons 2 years, 9 months ago

    Milton’s Areopagitica (1644) is one of the most significant texts in the history of the freedom of the press, and yet the pamphlet’s clandestine printers have successfully eluded identification for over 375 years. By examining distinctive and dam-aged type pieces from 100 pamphlets from the 1640s, this article attributes the print-ing of Milton’s Areopagitica to the London printers Matthew Simmons and Thomas Paine, with the possible involvement of Gregory Dexter. It further reveals a sophisti-cated ideological program of clandestine printing executed collaboratively by Paine and Simmons throughout 1644 and 1645 that includes not only Milton’s Areopagitica but also Roger Williams’s The Bloudy Tenent of Persecution, William Walwyn’s The Compassionate Samaritane, Henry Robinson’s Liberty of Conscience, Robinson’s John the Baptist, and Milton’s Of Education, Tetrachordon, and Colasterion.