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7 plates. [London: for John Linnell, 1838]. 7 plates, oblong folio, printed on laid paper only (not on India), lightly cleaned, in fine condition. First printing (subsequent to a few proofs possibly pulled by Blake himself) preceding the 1838 printing on laid india on wove paper. Essick states (Blake Quarterly vol. 24, issue 3): “The next impressions to be pulled after Blake’s own working proofs are probably those printed directly on laid paper (not to be confused with India paper laid on wove) showing clear wire and chain lines, the latter approximately 3.7 cm. apart. Such a set was sold from the Doheny Memorial Library at Christie’s New York, 21 February 1989, lot 1713, plate 2 illustrated in the auction catalogue[this set]. Part of a watermark, or countermark, “A & D,” is present in plate 3. The heavy foxing of most impressions in this set [now cleaned] cannot mask the fact that these are superb impressions that justify a record price. All major engraved lines are dark, rich, and precise, while ... Read more

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Poetical Sketches. By W.B.

Blake, William.

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London: 1783. Slim 8vo, 76pp. Complete with the final blank. Modern full green morocco, enclosed in a quarter green morocco box. With the bookplates of J.O. Edwards in the book and H. Bradley Martin in the box. First edition of Blake’s first book, of which 24 copies are recorded with three of those in private hands; this is Copy E. Of these copies, all are in Institutions except for one known but unlocated copy, Essick’s copy, and this copy, which was sold at the Bradley Martin sale in 1990 for $121,000 and resold to a private collector. Presentation copy inscribed by John Flaxman to William Long. This copy has five manuscript corrections by Blake that are also found in two other copies. “The original 1783 copies were seventy-two pages in length, printed in octavo by John Flaxman's aunt, who owned a small print shop in the Strand, and paid for by Anthony Stephen Mathew and his wife Harriet, dilettantes to whom Blake had been introduced by Flaxman in early 1783. Each individual copy was hand-stitched, w ... Read more

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Single sheet. [London]: The Author & Printer W Blake[,] 1789. Single sheet, printed in black, matted. First printing, first issue, of Blake’s first extant attempt at illuminated printing, from copy W as listed in the standard bibliography, G. E. Bentley, Jr., Blake Books, pages 366, 411-12. This is the earliest impression of an illuminated plate printed by Blake ever offered for sale. There has never been, and will never be again, an opportunity to own Blake’s first tentative attempts at illuminated printing and it is hard to overstate the importance of this small and humble (and at the same time bold) beginning.

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London: [plates dated] 1825 [but published 1826]. Folio, 320 x 254 mm, engraved title and 21 plates. Proofs on India paper mounted on handmade paper, some leaves watermarked J. Whatman Turkey Mill 1825. Matted, a brilliant set, with the original printed label preserved. First edition, limited to 150 proof sets (65 sets were also printed on French paper, and 100 sets on drawing paper with the word ‘proof’removed). This is the finest set of the proofs I have ever seen, and far outshines the other two original printings and the later re-issue. The India paper set is the best printing of these famous plates which comprise Blake’s major single achievement as a printmaker after the illuminated books. Illustrations of the Book of Job was Blake’s last completed prophetic book: the text, a series of biblical quotations, is above and below each image. “It was produced while Blake was still working on Jerusalem, his most obscure book; yet the illustrations are Blake’s most lucid; and they are the supreme e ... Read more

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The Pastorals of Virgil...

Blake, William. Thornton, Robert John.

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London: 1821. 2 vols., small 8vo, xii (-vii/viii), 12, xxiv (-i/iv), 214; [I], [215]-592 pp. With an engraved frontispiece to each volume, and 230 illustrations including 17 woodcuts and 6 engraved plates by Blake, and four other designs by Blake engraved by others. Original full rose sheep, backstrips lettered in gilt, slight wear to joints, vol. 1 invisibly repaired by Phil Dusel. A very fine set internally perfect. Enclosed in a modern protective box. Presentation copy inscribed by Thornton to his daughter. A very fine copy of a scarce work in any condition as it was issued for use in schools; the impressions of the woodcuts in this copy are the richest I have ever seen. Blake contributed 17 woodcuts to this volume (as well as 10 other plates, of which he engraved six) which were not well received; nor were they well treated by the publisher who cut down the blocks and printed them poorly. Only a few proofs before they were trimmed are now extant. These blocks have remained amongst the most influential w ... Read more

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Adam and the Beasts.

Blake, William.

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Chichester. Printed by J. Seagrave, and sold by him and P. Humphry (et al.) for W. Blake, 1802. Frontispiece, 250 x 174 (sheet), 175 x 160 (platemark) mm, printed in black on wove paper. Recently cleaned, trimmed close to the right plate mark but not touching it, other margins wide. Frontispiece to the first edition of the rarest letterpress publication containing engravings by Blake. The frontispiece, Adam and the Beasts, is one of Blake’s most alluring images. The illustrations were drawn, engraved, printed, and published by Blake himself. The work was a financial disaster, and unfortunately Blake had borne most of the publication costs. He was eventually reduced to reusing unsewn sheets of the 1802 Ballads for sketch paper. Geoffrey Keynes, writing in 1921, states: “This edition of the ballads is now extremely rare...” Bentley, Blake Books, 466. Easson and Essick, William Blake Book Illustrator, vol. 1, VI. Bindman, Complete Graphic Works of Blake, 385-398. Essick, “A Census of Complete Copies ... Read more

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Small 8vo. London: I. Poole, [1824]. Small 8vo, xxiv, 372 pp. With an engraved frontispiece, 4 full-page engravings including one by Blake, 8 hand-colored botanical plates, 8 plates of engraved music, and a calendar with an engraved title-page and 6 plates. Publisher’s de luxe original full brown polished calf, covers panelled in gilt, backstrip richly gilt-panelled with the binder’s name at the foot of the spine “Purgold”, slightly worn, occasional small spots on plates as usual, a very good copy of the de luxe issue. [frontispiece "A Tribute of Regard..."; Title-page "Remember Me" etc. with no date beneath "Christmas Present" (looks like it was carefully erased); Contents and introduction [i] ii-xxiv; plate "Her screams aroused her servant"; [1] 2-336; 361-362; [365]--372pp.; 8 pp. of engraved music at the end. With the Blake plate at p. 32, and color plates at 42, 73, 88, 89, 95, 148, 149, 275 (b/w The Storm), and 326 (color).] First edition of one of the rarest of all of the plates designed and ... Read more

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Impression measures 93. [London: Colnaghi printing, after 5 March 1881]. Impression measures 93.9 x 30 cm., printed on laid India paper; recently cleaned. Final state: it is worth noting that the only difference between the so-called fourth and fifth states is the absence of the scratched dry-point inscriptions clearly visible in a few prints, and less and less visible until completely absent by the time Sessler was printing the plate. Instead of “states” the more accurate definitions might be very early to very late 4th state, and in that scheme then this print would be well after the early impressions with some or most of the scratched inscriptions visible, but before the Sessler printings of the 1940s, none of which were on laid India. “‘Chaucers Canterbury Pilgrims’ was one of Blake’s major attempts at building a reputation as a painter-engraver and achieving the sort of critical and financial success that had escaped him for so many years.…” However, Blake wasn’t to meet with the crit ... Read more

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Very finely printed. [London: ?William Blake, ?1827] Printed in black ink on thick card. Very finely printed, in good condition though trimmed very close to the image at the left and right edges, once pasted down and thus with traces of mounting on the verso and pencil notes from an earlier collector (c. 1950?), image and plate mark exactly as per Essick 1DD. Blake’s last engraving, executed for one of his closest friends. The images invoke one of Blake’s greatest themes—the relationships between time and eternity. Although probably intended as a calling card, two books have been located with this card pasted in, both written by George Cumberland Jr. Thus it has on occasion been sold as a “bookplate”. Examples on card not in Cumberland's book are exceptionally rare, and have been presumed to be of the earliest printing and possibly by Blake himself. All other impressions (on laid paper most often) are posthumous. Thirty-nine examples in all are known to Essick, not including examples now untraced, ... Read more

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Songs of Innocence & Experience

Joel-Peter Witkin - William Blake

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21st Editions, 2003, 2003. 2 Volumes, Signed Limited Editions, 3 of 6. Features 20 Signed Original Hand Printed Platinum Prints and Two Signed Free-standing Platinum Prints, in Pristine Condition. Details of the Books and Prints: John Wood wrote an exceptional introduction that states in part: "No visual artist since Blake himself is better suited to illustrate the Songs of Experience than Joel-Peter Witkin, for Witkin is the most profoundly religious photographer in the history of the medium and probably the most god-haunted American artist of the twentieth century. His imagery, like Blake's, is a direct outgrowth of his spirituality. Witkin understands that art and religion are made of the same things: sex, death, and God. In Blake's own time few people could perceive the prophetic nature and spirituality of his work. Two centuries later we see him far more clearly, but in his day his visionary claims coupled with an art like no one had ever before seen or read made him an outsider. When arti ... Read more

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London: W. Pickering, Chancery Lane, and W. Newbery, 6, Chenies Street, Bedford Square, 1839. Small 8vo, xxi, (3), 74 pp. Original pebbled plum cloth, first state of the binding decorated in blind on both covers, the cartouche smaller than in the 2nd binding and with ruled lines in blind not present in the 2nd binding, "BLAKE'S POEMS." stamped in gilt on the spine (rather than on the front cover, as in the 2nd binding), ruled lines in blind on the spine (lacking in the 2nd binding). Upper joint just splitting but holding, similar split to the hinge. A remarkably fine copy, fresh and clean. Enclosed in a modern protective box. First Typographical Issue, with the poem “The Little Vagabond” not present - this has long been held to be the first issue (see Keynes) although others have claimed that it was present but cancelled due to content and thus this is the second issue. Either case is plausible; copies of this issue turn up more frequently in our experience, which is to say very rarely. The only other co ... Read more

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Illustrations of the Book of Job.

Blake, William. Trianon Press.

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Paris: Trianon Press for the Blake Trust, 1987 3 huge black slipcases, with contents in various formats (see below). In perfect condition as issued. Edition limited to 365 copies in three different formats, and a super de luxe edition limited to 22 sets of which this is #D. The super de luxe issue includes David Bindman, ed. William Blake’s Illustrations of the Book of Job[:] The Engravings and Related Material with Essays, Catalogue of States and Printings, Commentary on the Plates and Documentary Record by David Bindman, Barbara Bryant, Robert Essick, Geoffrey Keynes and Bo Lindberg. London: The William Blake Trust, 1987. The work is housed in four cloth slipcases trimmed in morocco, as follows: 1. Text volume, with the title page and colophon. Contents: Stephen Keynes, “Acknowledgments.” Charles Ryskamp, “Foreword.” David Bindman and John Commander, “Preface.” Geoffrey Keynes, “The Development of the Job Designs.” David Bindman, “The Book of Job Designs from Butts Series to Final En ... Read more

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Large 4to. London: R. Noble, 1797. Large 4to, viii, [1], 95, [2] pages; with 43 full-page engravings by Blake after his own designs surrounding the letterpress text. Half calf, black label, marbled boards of the period, verso of final leaf with small ink stain, slight offsetting as often from the plates. Generally a very good copy with the C.A. and V. Baldwin bookplate and ink signature of Virginia Baldwin (Hobart) dated 1902. First edition with Blake’s illustrations, complete with the leaf of “Explanations” misbound in after the “Night the First” leaf. Essick and LaBelle explain in their commentary how Blake, virtually in a frenzy, completed 537 watercolor designs when he was commissioned by the publisher Edwards to illustrate Young’s masterpiece. Edwards issued only the first four “Nights” (or sections) and had Blake etch and engrave 43 plates to test the market. The response must have been poor since no further engravings were requested of Blake and Edwards ceased business shortly ther ... Read more

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2 vols. Edmonton: William Muir, 1885. 2 vols. in one. 4to, 34; 30 leaves, hand-colored, each part bound in its original gray wrappers as issued; both copies No. 20. bound in contemporary half navy calf gilt with navy morocco gilt label on cover and navy cloth boards, with the bookplate of H. C. Plimmer. Very Good with tissue guards as issued. Limited to around 50 copies of each. These are amongst the most alluring and successful of Muir’s facsimiles. Songs of Innocence was taken from the Pearson copy and he is recorded at the end as the Publisher in London in 1884 but his death caused Muir to take the project to Quaritch who distributed the whole series. Songs of Experience is taken from the Beckford copy. The general title to both works is found at the end of Experience. Bentley, BB, 249 a and 249 d.

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8vo. London: BM Publications Ltd., 1977. 8vo, introductory pamphlet and 17 woodcuts on special paper, each in an individual folder, all contained in a brown cloth folding box with black leather gilt-lettered labels on upper cover and backstrip. As issued. Limited to 150 sets, this superb reprinting of Blake’s only woodcuts from the original blocks was executed by Iain Bain (the Bewick authority) and sold out immediately. Very few sets have since come to market as most were purchased by institutions. Bentley, BBS, p.262.

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  • Edition: Each title one of 50 copies
  • Book condition: Contemporary full white vellum gilt, spine and upper cover titled in gilt, t.e.g., others untrimmed. Fine copy. Cloth slipcase
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Edmonton: John Pearson for Bernard Quaritch, 1884. Each title one of 50 copies. With 8, 26, 11, and 21 plates in the four works (66 total). 1 vols. 4to. Contemporary full white vellum gilt, spine and upper cover titled in gilt, t.e.g., others untrimmed. Fine copy. Cloth slipcase. Each title one of 50 copies. With 8, 26, 11, and 21 plates in the four works (66 total). 1 vols. 4to. Four Muir Facsimiles, in Special Binding. The Muir facsimiles were produced in editions of 50 copies; a few copies would have been bound up by Quaritch, the distributor, in white vellum, as here. The wrappers are not preserved but the books are complete. Bentley 249 b,c,e, & g

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Sheet 10.2 x 12.8 cm., image and plate mark as per Essick (3.1 x 7.8 cm., and 3.3 x 8.1 cm. respectively). Printed in pale brown on a small 8vo sheet. Delicately printed, with three tiny ink spots within the margins, in very fine condition. Blake’s last engraving, executed for one of his closest friends. The images invoke one of Blake’s greatest themes—the relationships between time and eternity. Opinions vary on the purpose of this plate but it should be noted that at the time (1827) it was not uncommon to paste a calling card into a book as proof of ownership. However, no book once owned by Cumberland has been located with his card pasted in. It has also been suggested that the name of Cumberland in the center was executed by a writing engraver and Blake added his borders later. 39 examples of this print are known to Essick, not including examples now untraced (all but three on laid paper printed later, and three on card), but it is quite rare in commerce. Essick, The Separate Plates of William B ... Read more

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Songs of Innocence

BLAKE William

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1885. BLAKE, William. Songs of Innocence. Edmonton: William Muir, 1885. Quarto, original printed pale blue paper wrappers and white paper spine, with hand lettering on the front wrapper, uncut. Housed in custom cloth chemise and slipcase. $12,000.Limited edition of this beautiful and faithful reproduction in the original size and color of Blake's famous illuminated book, one of only 50 copies—this copy numbered ""O"" and one of only five reserved for review. With an autograph letter signed by the editor William Muir describing his labor of love in producing this facsimile, and with his inscription ""To the Academy with compliments of the Editor"" on the colophon. From the collection of novelist Hugh Walpole.Blake's great talents extended beyond poetry. He engraved, hand-printed and hand-colored a very small number of copies, which were remarkable for their great beauty; this facsimile is based on one of those copies, and one which he gave to his very close ... Read more

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2 vols. London: Quaritch, 1927. 2 vols, 4to, 28 and 27 plates hand colored; original printed wrappers as issued. Bookplate of Raymond and Pamela Lister. In a green cloth slipcase. The second Muir facsimiles of these titles, both inscribed by Muir “For Review.” Proof copies, without the printed material added to the wrappers and with inscriptions on both upper wrappers by Muir signed by him. About 50 copies were printed. The coloring is exceptionally bright and clear in these early copies. They were “facsimiled by Joseph Patrick Trumble, Sophia Elizabeth Muir and William Muir from the Beaconsfield Original[s] in the British Museum with [in Experience] (as an appendix) 4 plates from the other British Museum copy. Also one plate for which no colouring is known 'A Divine Image’ which seems to belong to the Songs although not included in them by Blake.” Bentley, Blake Books, 162 (Innocence) and 144 (Experience).

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8vo. London: BM Publications Ltd., 1977. 8vo, introductory pamphlet and 17 woodcuts on special paper, each in an individual folder, all contained in a brown cloth folding box with black leather gilt-lettered labels on upper cover and backstrip. As issued in the original BM-issued numbered cardboard box; a few mounts slightly foxed, a little musty from storage, a couple of spots on the cloth box. Limited to 150 sets, this superb reprinting of Blake’s only woodcuts from the original blocks was executed by Iain Bain (the Bewick authority) and sold out immediately. Very few sets have since come to market as most were purchased by institutions. Bentley, BBS, p.262.

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