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BLAKE, William.

Songs of Innocence.

Clairvaux, Jura, France, The Trianon Press for the William Blake Trust, 1954 Stock Code: 136953

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First edition thus, deluxe issue in full morocco, number 56 of 1,600 copies on Arches pure rag paper made to match that used by Blake, watermarked with his monogram. Of the 1,600 copies, 800 went to the UK and US respectively, this being part of the former issue; a further 26 were retained by the publisher. This colour facsimile, painstakingly produced by collotype and stencil, of Blake's Songs of Innocence, working from Lessing J. Rosenwald's copy (B in the Grolier's 1953 census) in the Library of Congress, precedes by a year the Trianon Press's Songs of Innocence & Experience edition. This full morocco issue is more scarce and desirable than the quarter-leather or cloth issues.
From the collection of Haven O'More, with his black morocco monogram booklabel to front pastedown. One of the greatest book collectors of the latter part of the 20th century, O'More's collection focused both on the finest specimens of printing, and the great moments in the development of literature and thought. His sale in 1989 ranks with the Estelle Doheny and Bradley Martin collections in revenue and scope, including all four Shakespeare folios, John Locke's autograph manuscript of An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, and a presentation copy of Copernicus's De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium.

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Octavo. Original orange morocco, spine lettered in gilt, cream endpapers, top edge gilt. Housed in a marbled paper slipcase.


30 colour plates.


A few trivial marks to morocco, else a fine copy.


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