London: Printed at the Trianon Press for the Trustees of the William Blake Trust, 1969. Blake, William. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Number 313 of 480, folio size, unpaginated [17 plates and 6 pp. of commentary]. Fine. Item #CNJL1049
"Europe, A Prophecy" was printed in Lambeth before and during 1795, and is one of Blake's prophetic books, part of the expansive world mythology Blake envisioned, that included Creation and the first eighteen centuries of the Christian era. Though written later, it includes an early portion of that mythos which was first presented in "America". "Europe" contains one of Blake's most well known illustrations, known as "The Ancient of Days" depicting Urizen, the creator/God figure, drawing the first circle of the earth with a golden compass.
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.
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in tan quarter morocco with hand-marbled paper sides, backstrip lettered in gilt, seventeen color plates reproduced by the collotype and pochoir processes, printed on Arches pure rag paper made to match the paper used by Blake, each leaf is watermarked with Blake's monogram; folio size (14" by 10.75"), unpaginated [17 plates and 6 pp. of commentary], limited edition, no. 313 of 480 of the regular editions (526 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: Volume is in fine condition, with clean covers that have a hint of sun-toning to backstrip, internally bright and free of prior owner markings, text block is tight and square, corners are mostly straight, with the top corners slightly bumped; slipcase is near fine with some minor rubbing to head and tail (slightly bumped at tail); overall very clean, a fine example.
___CITATION: Bentley, Blake Books, no. 34.
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