London: Printed at the Trianon Press for the Trustees of the William Blake Trust, 1958. Blake, William. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Number 322 of 480, quarto size, unpaginated (27 leaves of plates with 5 pp. of explanatory text). Fine. Item #CNJL1043
"The Book of Urizen" contains the first part of Blake's conception of the universal myth. It recounts the story of the creation of the material world and of mankind, and so has to deal with the inherent problem of evil. William Blake (1757-1827) is arguably the most original and highly-regarded English author - unusual in that he excelled both as an author and an artist. Although thought mad by his contemporaries, he was also held in high regard for his expressiveness and for the synthesis of philosophical and mystical senses within his work.
Blake’s work has been spectacularly reproduced through the pochoir technique by Arnold Fawkus and his Trianon Press, which has an undeniable claim to being the finest press of its kind in the last century and has long been known for their unrivaled artworks in fine colour printing. This edition's illuminated pages have been reproduced in France by Messrs. Beaufume, Hourdebaigt and Trianon Press.
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in burgundy quarter morocco with hand-marbled paper sides, backstrip lettered in gilt, top edge gilt, twenty-seven plates printed to rectos only by collotype and pochoir, printed on Arches pure rag paper made to match the paper used by Blake, paper is watermarked with Blake's monogram; unpaginated (27 leaves of plates with 5 pp. of explanatory text), quarto size (11.5" by 9.5"), limited edition, this no. 322 of 480 of the regular editions (526 copies total). Housed in publisher's slipcase, covered in the same hand-marbled paper with morocco guards at the head and tail of the opening.
___CONDITION: Volume is in fine condition, internally bright and free of prior owner markings, text block is tight and square, covers are clean and bright; slipcase is in very good condition, strong and sturdy but with a fair amount of shelf wear to corners and edges, and with two pieces of cellotape by a prior owner on the bottom edge near the opening.
___CITATION: Bentley, Blake Books, 40.
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