London: Printed at the Trianon Press for the Trustees of the William Blake Trust, 1975. Blake, William. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Number 90 of 400, folio size, unpaginated [8 plates and 10 pp. of commentary]. Fine. Item #CNJL1046
"The Song of Los" is one of a series of prophetic works that address specific continents, this being Africa and Asia. In his wonderful commentary, Geoffrey Keynes remarks that ""The Song of Los", dated 1795, is closely related to "The Book of Urizen", 1794, to "The Book of Los", 1795, and to "The Book of Ahania", 1794, each describing some part of the cosmic tragedy. The Books of "Urizen" and "Los" give the earliest history of mankind, "Ahania" carries it on through the revolt of Fuzon, or Passion, against Urizenic laws, ending with Fuzon's crucifixion."
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 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 is among the finest produced by the press, incredibly rich, with plates that look and feel almost velvet in texture.
___DESCRIPTION: Original quarter adobe-brown morocco with hand-marbled paper sides, backstrip lettered in gilt, eight colour plates were reproduced by the collotype and pochoir process, one monochrome plate, printed on Arches pure rag paper made to match the paper used by Blake, each page is watermarked with Blake's monogram; folio size (13" by 9.65"), limited edition no. 90 of 400 of the regular editions (458 copies total). Housed in publisher's slipcase covered with the same hand-marbled paper, with matching morocco guards at the head and tail of the opening.
___CONDITION: A fine copy, internally bright and free of prior owner markings, covers are clean, corners are straight, text block is tight and square; overall a fine copy. Slipcase is also fine, clean and free of chips or toning; a beautiful example.
___CITATION: Bentley, Blake Books, A137.
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