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BLAKE, William.

All Religions Are One.

Clairvaux: The Trianon Press for The William Blake Trust, London, 1970 Stock Code: 147454
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First edition thus, number 247 of 600 copies so bound, from a total edition of 662 copies, all printed on Arches pure rag paper made to match the paper used by Blake.

Blake scholar Geoffrey Keynes (1887-1982), the brother of John Maynard, provides a commentary and bibliographical history. He summarizes the gnomic intent of Blake's early tractate thus: "Blake identifies the Poetic Genius, that is God, with 'Divine Humanity'. Man is therefore uniform, yet with infinite variety in the individuals. All men, thus derived from a universal Poetic Genius, have but one religion, though each nation has its difference beliefs according to its needs".

From the library, though unmarked as such, of David Lindsay, 28th Earl of Crawford and 11th Earl of Balcarres (1900-1975), who served as chairman of the National Trust from 1945 to 1965, alongside serving as trustee of the Tate and National Galleries, the British Museum, and the National Library of Scotland.

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Description

Quarto. Original green quarter morocco, spine lettered in gilt, marbled sides. With the original marbled slipcase.

Illustrations

With 10 colour plates.

Condition

Spine lightly sunned with a few small spots, tiny white mark to rear cover; a near-fine copy.

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