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Title: The Writings of William Blake [with] the Life of William Blake
Description: London: Nonesuch Press, 1925-27. Limited/Numbered Edition. Hardcover. Illustrated by William Blake. # V-050714. 4 volumes total. Uniformly bound in 1/4 vellum and marbled boards, spines lettered in gilt, edges untrimmed, and many uncut. The Writings of William Blake, 3 vol, Nonesuch Press 1925, Edited by Geoffrey Keynes. # 1255 of 1500 hand-numbered sets. Plus, The Life of William Blake, by Mona Wilson,1 vol. Nonesuch Press 1927. # 846 of 1480 hand-numbered copies. Both are First Editions. Illustrated with over 80 B&W plates from Blake's paintings, drawings, and engravings, along with facsimiles and photographs. Frontispiece in Vol. 1 of The Writings is a photograph of an actual life mask bust of Blake by Deville, 1823. Printed on Vidalon handmade paper under the supervision of Francis Meynell by the Chiswick Press, London. This was the first attempted collection of Blake's prose, and it contains many important letters and fragments that were previously unpublished. It is the first collection to contain all of the poetry and prose, and includes corrected texts of many poems. Wilson's "Life" is still considered the standard biography. ; Drawings; Small 4to 9" - 11" tall. Very Good+ with no dust jacket; Mild soiling and edge wear, one volume with (repaired) tiny tear to spine head; contents a bit darkened, plus other slight wear; else very good to near fine overall.

Keywords: Art English Literature: : Poetry 19th Century Literature Leather Sets & Bindings First Editions Illustrated Books Classic Literature Small Presses Rare Fine Press Books

Price: US$ 2000.00 Seller: Good Sheppard Fine Bindings
- Book number: V-050714

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