The Book of Los.Clairvaux: by the Trianon Press for the William Blake Trust, London, 1976 Stock Code: 115051
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. Blake scholar Geoffrey Keynes (1887-1982), the brother of John Maynard, provides a commentary and bibliographical history. "The Book of Los was the first of the two small books executed by Blake mainly as etchings on copper to be printed as ordinary intaglio plates. The Book of Ahania was the companion volume The title-pages of both books were dated by Blake 1795, so that they were probably the last ones to be produced in his Lambeth house. Each book exists in only a single copy The Book of Los has been since 1866 in the British Museum" (Keynes). Only one copy of the Book of Los is known. These beautifully produced facsimiles of Blake are now highly regarded in their own right.
Large quarto. Original tan full morocco, spine lettered in gilt. With the original handmade marbled slipcase.
Colour plates reproducing the original Book of Los.
A few light marks to covers, a few spots to fore-edge, an excellent copy.
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