London: Printed at the Trianon Press for the Trustees of the William Blake Trust, 1963. Blake, William. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Number 38 of 480, folio size, unpaginated [18 plates and 5 pp. of commentary]. Fine. Item #CNJL1051
"America, a Prophecy" was etched in Blake's first years in Lambeth, around 1791, and published 1794. It is the seventh book executed by Blake in his Illuminated Printing, one of his prophetic books. Its theme is drawn from historical events taking place in Europe and North America towards the end of the eighteenth century, especially concerning the American Revolution.
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: Original quarter blue morocco with hand-marbled paper sides, top-edge gilt, backstrip lettered in gilt, 18 colour plates reproduced by the collotype and pochoir processes, printed on Arches pure rag paper made to match that used by Blake, each page is water-marked with Blake's monogram, folio size (14.5" by 10.75"), limited edition no. 38 of 480 regular editions (526 total editions). Housed in publisher's slipcase of the same blue hand-marbled paper with blue morocco guards at the head and tail of opening.
___CONDITION: Volume is in fine condition, with bright blue covers, internally bright and free of prior owner markings (we attribute one finger smudge to verso of a plate to the printer), text block is tight and square, no sun-toning, corners are straight with only the barest hint of rubbing; slipcase is near fine with some minor chipping to head and tail; overall very clean, a fine example.
___CITATION: Bentley, Blake Books no. 9.
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