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BLAKE, William.

Illustrations of Dante.

Clairvaux: The Trianon Press for The William Blake Trust, 1978 Stock Code: 147470
£500.00

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First edition thus, number 33 of 376 copies so bound, from a total edition of 440 copies, all on Lana rag paper.

This Trianon Press edition is the first accurate reproduction of Blake's seven engravings for Dante's Divine Comedy, which were first published in 1838. The facsimile was made from a proof set in the collection of Sir Geoffrey Keynes, who provides a new introduction and commentary here. The edition also presents three facsimiles of early states and monochrome reproductions of Blake's watercolour designs.

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

Oblong folio. Original quarter brown morocco, grey cloth boards in matching slipcase.

Illustrations

Seven full page reproductions after Blake, additionally with reproductions of several preliminary states.

Condition

Very light sunning and rubbing to spine, slipcase with slight soiling and rubbing; a very good copy.

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