The Gates of Paradise.
For Children. For the Sexes. Introductory volume by Geoffrey Keynes with Blake's preliminary sketches.Clairvaux: The Trianon Press for The William Blake Trust, 1968 Stock Code: 115013
First facsimile edition, number 40 of 50 special copies with an additional volume (containing an original negative - here showing The Earth engraving - a copperplate, and collotypes without plate-mark) and the first three bound in full morocco, from a total edition of 726 copies. The engravings for Blake's visionary allegory of human life and death (which includes the famous "I Want! I Want!" image) are here finely reproduced in collotype.
The Trianon Press reproductions are recognized as the finest facsimiles - each leaf is hand-coloured through stencils, working from the originals in Paul Mellon's collection. The Times Literary Supplement stated at the time that nothing like these books had been printed before, and that it was unlikely that they could ever be printed again.
4 volumes, 1 octavo and 3 duodecimo. Three volumes in original light brown calf, the last in original brown cloth, titles to spines gilt. Housed in the publisher's brown cloth slipcase.
Facsimiles of Blake's art throughout.
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