William Blake in Color in San Francisco

The William Blake Gallery presents:

William Blake in Color

For the first time a massive volume of 2500+ rare plates from the Trianon Press Illuminated Book series enters the collector market

Additional proofs and personal archives from legendary Trianon producer, Arnold Fawcus are also made publicly available

William Blake, Jerusalem, Trianon Press facsimile, 1951

Exhibition Dates: April 22 – July 28, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, April 21, 4 – 7 pm

Exhibition Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am – 5 pm
William Blake Gallery, 49 Geary, San Francisco, CA | www.williamblakegallery.com (more…)


The Folio Society Publishes New Edition of Joyce’s “Ulysses”

Introduced and illustrated by John Vernon Lord With introductory essays by editors Danis Rose & John O’Hanlon, and Stacey Herbert  ‘For seven years I have been working at this book – blast it!’ wrote James Joyce in a letter in 1920. What had started out as a short story entitled ‘Ulysses in Dublin’, intended as a rounding-o for Dubliners, had taken him over. Homer’s Odyssey had become the epic model for an epic journey – not this time from Troy … Continued



Exquisite English Rebus Bible at Auction

By Rebecca Rego Barry

Amongst a collection of antique rifles, carved pipes, and Civil War imprints for sale tomorrow at Cowan’s Auctions in Cincinnati is this beautiful late eighteenth-century English rebus Bible. Titled The Hieroglyphick Bible, III Edition by its anonymous creator, the 8 x 12.75” copybook contains selected verses from the King James Bible, illustrated in rebus form, with small watercolors throughout. The auction house believes the illustrator to have been an English seaman–albeit one acquainted with Latin, Greek, and Hebrew.

The book comes from the collection of E. Norman Flayderman, a collector and antique arms dealer who founded the militaria outfit, N. Flayderman & Co. According to Cowan’s, “Flayderman apparently acquired this while researching his book, Scrimshaw and Scrimshanders: Whales and Whalemen (New Milford, CT, 1972).” Files found with the rebus Bible indicate that it originally hailed from a New Bedford, Massachusetts, family.

This illustrated Bible is, as Cowan’s intimates in its catalogue, sea journal meets Nuremberg Chronicle. It is estimated to reach $15,000-25,000 at auction.

Images via Cowan’s Auctions

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