(France): Trianon Press, 1957. Blake, William. Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 219 of 506, Atlas Folio size, 82 pp. Fine. Item #CNJL1131
In his "Life of William Blake" (1863) Alexander Gilchrist warned his readers that Blake "neither wrote nor drew for the many, hardly for work'y-day men at all, rather for children and angels; himself 'a divine child,' whose playthings were sun, moon, and stars, the heavens and the earth" (n. b., info from The Poetry Foundation). 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 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: Bound in half black leather, marbled boards with vellum tips, gilt lettering on spine, there are 208 entries in this list of all the tempera and water-colour paintings Blake is known to have made of illustrations of the Bible, all the paintings presently locatable are reproduced in small dimensions, with a few full-page and in full colour; frontispiece was printed in lithography by Mourlot, Paris, and Plate I in collotype and stencil by Jacomet, Paris, Plates II to VII were printed in colour collotype by Emery Walker Ltd., London, the monochrome collotype pages were printed in Paris on Arches pure rag paper by Trianon Press and Hourdebaigt; the collotype layouts were prepared by PeterBusche, the text pages were set by hand in 18 point Centaur and Colchester. Binding by the Wigmore Bindery, and Mansell Ltd. London; this book was designed by Arnold Fawcus, and produced and published for the William Blake Trust by the Trianon Press; pagination: half-title (i), colophon (ii), blank (iii), frontispiece (iv), title page (v), copyright (vi), preliminary pages (vii - viii), introduction (ix - x), catalogue xi - (xiii), blank (xiv), illustrations (1) - 53, colour plates (54 - 68); atlas folio size (22.25" tall), one of 506 copies, this number 219. Housed in a custom-made navy cloth clamshell box with two brass snaps and gilt lettering on spine, lined with marbled paper.
___CONDITION: Volume is in fine condition overall, with some slight wear to the corners and one small spot of soiling on the rear pastedown; box is also fine overall, again, slight wear to the corners.
___CITATION: Blake Books #681.
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