Songs of Innocence.Clairvaux: The Trianon Press for the William Blake Trust, 1954 Stock Code: 147471
First edition thus, copy E of 26 lettered copies, from a total edition of 1,600 copies; the lettered copies were reserved for Lessing J. Rosenwald, the Library of Congress, the Trustees of the Blake Trust, and the publishers. This is a copy of Rosenwald, subsequently presented by him with a New Year card loosely inserted, reading "Best Wishes for a Happy New Year from Edith and Lessing Rosenwald".
A superb provenance - the book was reproduced from the original copy of Lessing Rosenwald, held in the Library of Congress, which he allowed to be sent to France to complete the project. Rosenwald (1891-1971), businessman and chairman of Sears from 1932 to 1939, devoted his wealth to acquiring a substantial rare book collection, which he deposited in the Library of Congress. His generosity allowed the Trianon Press to produce their series of Blake facsimiles, renowned for their role in reproducing texts which are otherwise unobtainable for the private collector.
Octavo. Original orange quarter morocco, spine lettered in gilt, cream endpapers, top edge gilt. Housed in original morocco-entry slipcase.
With 30 colour plates.
A fine copy.
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