London: Printed at the Trianon Press for the Trustees of the William Blake Trust, 1973. Blake, William. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Number 340 of 750, quarto size, unpaginated. Fine. Item #CNJL1048
"The Book of Ahania" is one of Blake's lesser-known works, and is generally agreed to be a continuation of "The Book of Urizen", with Ahania being the feminine manifestation of Urizen, signifying pleasure. According to Geoffrey Keynes' Description, this text " ...along with "The Book of Los" were some of the last of the series of Illuminated Books completed by Blake while living in Lambeth. The manner of their execution suggest that he was wearying with the effort of making the splendid books that preceded them, and was seeking for a less laborious method of production... Blake completed only one copy of each book and then laid them aside, as if dissatisfied with his experiment. He never included either of them in any list of his productions and is not known to have disposed of them to any customer or patron. They therefore remained unknown until late in the nineteenth century."
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 Fawcus 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.
___DESCRIPTION: Original quarter blue morocco with hand-marbled paper sides, backstrip lettered in gilt, six colour plates reproduced by the collotype and pochoir process, printed on Arches pure rag paper made to match the paper used by Blake; quarto size (11.5" by 9.25"), unpaginated [6 plates and 5 pp. commentary], limited edition, no. 340 of 750 of the regular edition (with 808 total copies). Housed in publisher's slipcase covered with the same hand-marbled paper with matching morocco guards at the head and tail of the backstrip.
___CONDITION: A fine copy, internally bright and free of prior owner markings, covers are clean, with only a hint of age-toning to backstrips, corners are straight, text block is tight and square; overall a fine copy. Slipcase is fine, bright and clean with no shelfwear; a fine example.
___CITATION: Bentley, Blake Books no. A15.
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