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BLAKE, William.

Rare books by William Blake, including first editions, signed first editions, copies in fine bindings, and handsome sets of the collected works including The Prophetic Writings, and Poetical Sketches.

William Blake (28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827) was a poet, painter and print maker, whose work was largely unnoticed in his lifetime, until Alexander Gilchrist began work on a biography in the 1860s, Life of William Blake, rapidly transforming Blake’s reputation, particularly with the Pre-Raphaelites. 

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  1. 125249
    First edition in English of Catullus's collected poems, in a highly attractive near-contemporary binding. This edition is most notable today for its two frontispiece engravings by William Blake, of Catullus and Cornelius Nepos, which are "printed in sepia ink and have a pleasing softness quite different from the effect conveyed... Learn More
    £1,250

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  2. 115586
    First edition of Blake's designs for Young's Night Thoughts. "With his usual attention to what he called 'minute particulars' (Blake, 194), Blake carefully translated Young's words into pictures; but by using his own vocabulary of images, Blake created a visual commentary on the poem" (ODNB). Although Blake had produced... Learn More
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  3. 129457
    A highly attractive copy of Blake's poetry, in a presentation binding, with a morocco presentation slip lettered in gilt on the front pastedown reading "Margaret Sandford on her wedding day Sept. 22. 1926. From C.R.L.F." The text is the first Sampson edition of Blake's works, taken from the original manuscripts. "Sampson's... Learn More
    £425

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  4. 125271
    Limited edition, number 783 of 1,000 copies printed on handmade paper. This groundbreaking work provided, for the first time, "a careful and accurate transcription of Blake's poetry" (Whitson and Whittaker, p. 38). "The significance of the Keynes edition... cannot be underestimated" (ibid.). It remained the standard text... Learn More
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  5. 118411
    First edition thus, number 29 of 650 copies, with the very scarce dust jacket. This fine Nonesuch Press edition constitutes the first printing in facsimile of Blake's famous notebook, known as the "Rossetti Manuscript", after its acquisition by Dante Gabriel Rossetti in 1847. This notebook contained a number of latterly... Learn More
    £575

    Stock Code: 118411

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  6. The Famous Collection of Works by William Blake, the property of the late Graham Robertson, on Friday, July 22, 1949.
    Two copies, one in wrappers and one in boards, of the sales catalogue for perhaps the greatest sale of William Blake material since the Linnell sale of 1918. These copies come from the library (the wrappers copy signed by him on the front wrapper, the boards copy unmarked but from the same provenance) of Patrick Macleod,... Learn More
    £100

    Stock Code: 105686

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  7. The Visions of the Daughters of Albion.
    First edition thus, number 369 of 400 copies thus (this one of 200 for the US), from a total edition of 446 copies on Arches pure rag paper made to match that used by Blake, each page watermarked with Blake's monogram. Blake scholar Geoffrey Keynes (1887-1982), the brother of John Maynard, provides a commentary and bibliographical... Learn More
    £575

    Stock Code: 115055

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  8. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.
    First edition thus, deluxe limited issue: copy XX of 20 deluxe copies with an original guide sheet and stencil, and a set of hand-coloured plates showing progressive stages, as well as colour collotype proofs,from a total edition of 526 copies on Arches pure rag paper made to match that used by Blake, with each page watermarked... Learn More
    £5,250

    Stock Code: 115038

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  9. A Study of The Illuminated Books of William Blake.
    First edition, limited to 525 numbered copies signed and numbered by the author on the limitation leaf, this copy out of series. Keynes (1887-1982) was an academic, biographer, and the younger brother of John Maynard Keynes. He was a world authority on Blake, and was instrumental in the production of the Trianon facsimiles,... Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 115016

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  10. The Book of Thel.
    First edition thus, publisher Arnold Fawcus's copy, copy A of 26 lettered copies reserved for Lessing J. Rosenwald, the Library of Congress, the Trustees of the William Blake Trust and the Publishers, from a limited edition of 426 copies printed on Arches pure rag paper made to match that used by Blake, each page watermarked... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 115014

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  11. Europe: A Prophecy.
    First edition thus, limited issue, publisher Arnold Fawcus's copy. Number 1 of 480 copies, from a total limited edition of 526 copies on Arches rag paper to match that used by Blake. This copy derives from the archive of the Trianon Press, from the estate of publisher and founder Arnold Fawcus. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 115036

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  12. All Religions are One.
    First edition thus, number 2 of 662 copies, 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 summarises the gnomic intent of Blake's early tractate thus: "Blake identifies the... Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 115044

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  13. All Religions are One.
    First edition thus, publisher Arnold Fawcus's copy, copy A of 26 lettered copies reserved for the Trustees of the William Blake Trust and the Publishers, in full morocco with a set of proofs showing the progressive states of the collotype process, from a total edition of 662 copies on Arches pure rag paper made to match... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 115045

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  14. There is No Natural Religion.
    First edition thus, publisher Arnold Fawcus' copy, number 1 of 540 copies this, from a total edition of 616 copies on Arches pure rag paper made to match the paper used by Blake. This deluxe copy derives from the publisher's archive, from the estate of Trianon Press's founder and publisher Arnold Fawcus. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 115026

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  15. There is No Natural Religion.
    First edition thus, publisher Arnold Fawcus's copy, number 1 of 540 copies thus, from a total edition of 616 copies on Arches pure rag paper made to match the paper used by Blake. This copy, numbered 1 in the series, derives from the archive of the Trianon Press, from the estate of publisher and founder Arnold Fawcus. Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 115037

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  16. The Book of Ahania.
    First edition thus, number 4 of 750 copies in quarter morocco from a limited edition of 808 copies. The Trianon Press, in collaboration with The William Blake Society, produced a series of fine facsimiles of Blake's books based on copies in the Rosenwald Collection at the Library of Congress. These facsimiles were printed... Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 114944

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  17. The Book of Ahania.
    First edition thus, copy XXIX of 32 deluxe copies in full morocco, each containing an original guide-sheet, stencil and copperplate, and a set of plates showing the progressive stages of the collotype and hand-stencil process, from a total edition of 808 copies on Arches pure rag paper made to match that bused by Blake.... Learn More
    £1,525

    Stock Code: 115043

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  18. Jerusalem. The Emanation of The Giant Albion.
    First edition thus, limited issue, publisher Arnold Fawcus's copy. Copy A of 26 lettered copies reserved for the trustees of the William Blake Trust and the publishers, from a total edition of 558 copies on Arches pure rag paper made to match that used by Blake, each page being watermarked with Blake's monogram. This copy... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 115056

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  19. image1
    First edition thus, limited issue, publisher Arnold Fawcus's copy. Copy A of 26 copies reserved for the trustees of the William Blake Trust and the publishers, from a total edition of 458 copies, printed on Arches pure rag paper made to match the paper used by Blake. This copy derives from the Trianon Press archive, from... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 115053

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  20. Laocoon. A Last Testament.
    First edition, number 11 of 380 copies thus, this copy inscribed on the limitation leaf by the publisher Arnold Fawcus, "For Raymond: Geoffrey's most recent and exciting contribution to Blake scholarship, warmest regards, Arnold", from a total edition of 438 copies. This Trianon production constitutes a finely illustrated... Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 115020

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  21. The Book of Los.
    First edition thus, copy II of 32 copies bound in full morocco with an original guide sheet, stencil and copperplate, and a set of extra plates showing progressive stages of the collotype and hand-stencil process, from a total edition of 538 copies, printed on Arches pure rag paper made to match the paper used by Blake.... Learn More
    £1,275

    Stock Code: 115051

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