[Milton-L] title page epigraphs?

Savoie, John jsavoie at siue.edu
Sun Jan 21 14:02:09 EST 2018


Related topic, to reverse the angle:

works for which Milton provides the epigraph.

Frankenstein immediately comes to mind,

but there must be many stories, poems, books.

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Several other publications from Milton’s lifetime also have epigraphs on the title pages: e.g., The Judgment of Martin Bucer (1644), DDD (1643 and 1644), Colasterion (1645), Tetrachordon (1645), and Eikonoklastes (1649).

Among Milton’s poetic works, also his Poems (1645) and Justa Edovardo King (1638).

But Milton shouldn’t be assumed to have had authority over the title pages of all his books. Who added the epigraph from Homer on the 1725 edition of Paradise Lost, for example? Because the title page represented a crucial marketing tool, authors during the seventeenth century typically had little control over the layout and exact wording.

In Mechanick Exercises of the Whole Art of Printing (1683-1684), Joseph Moxon describes how a “good Compositor . . . reads his Copy with consideration” so as “to make the meaning of his Author intelligent to the Reader” and “to make his Work shew graceful to the Eye, and pleasant in Reading.” The compositor’s job, according to Moxon, should begin with designing an effective title page. The compositor “judiciously reads his Title Page, and considers what Word or Words have the greatest Emphasis in it”; he then selects the appropriate style of type, “Lower Case, or . . . Capitals, Roman, Italick or English, or a proper Body, which best pleases his fancy, or is in present mode.” Because, Moxon adds, a “Lasting Rule cannot be given” for “ordering” title pages, compositors have license to decide on their own which lines to indent, where to insert line-breaks, and where to incorporate extra word- or line-spacing.

In answer to the second question, I don’t know of any studies of Milton’s epigraphs, but there’s been several pieces published on his publications and title pages.

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Masque 1637



On Sat, Jan 20, 2018 at 10:18 PM, JCarl Bellinger <dionhalic at gmail.com<mailto:dionhalic at gmail.com>> wrote:
Thanks, John Savoie!
On Sat, Jan 20, 2018 at 11:03 PM Savoie, John <jsavoie at siue.edu<mailto:jsavoie at siue.edu>> wrote:















Areopagitica.




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any epigraphs in Milton's works other than on the title page of Sampson?

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