Called the Rossetti Manuscript. Edited by Geoffrey Keynes.London: The Nonesuch Press, 1935 Stock Code: 142098
First edition thus, number 175 of 650 copies, with the very scarce dust jacket. This fine Nonesuch Press edition constitutes the first printing in facsimile of Blake's famous notebook, known as the "Rossetti Manuscript", after its acquisition by Dante Gabriel Rossetti in 1847. This notebook contained a number of latterly famous shorter poems left unpublished in Blake's lifetime, most notably the quatrain "Eternity" ("To see the universe in a grain of sand..." etc). Selections from the manuscript, with some over-liberal alterations, were published in Gilchrist's Life of Blake 1863, but it was only when the great Blake scholar Geoffrey Keynes had it photographed in full in 1924 that "an accurate and final text" was published in the Nonesuch Press edition of Blake's Writings in 1925. This edition presents the full text, with its many integrated drawings, for the first time in photographic (as well as letterpress) facsimile.
Octavo. Original blue buckram, title label to spine, grey endpapers, top edge gilt. With dust jacket.
An excellent copy, the jacket very lightly marked, with a tear at bottom edge of rear joint fold, and some other smaller closed tears and nicks.
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