The Paintings and Drawings of William Blake

New Haven and London: Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art by Yale University Press, 1981. Hardcover. Two volumes ("Text" and "Plates"), complete, quarto size, Text Volume 695 pp., Plates Volume approx. 600 pp. Fine / near fine. Item #CNJL2200

"The first complete catalogue of the paintings, watercolours, drawings, and colour prints of one of the greatest and most widely studied artists of the English-speaking world" (n.b., from dust jacket flap), and which also includes "works attributed to Willliam's brother Robert and his wife Catherine....[the set is the] culmination of over twenty years of research, [with] much new information and many new identifications" (ibid).

By Martin Butlin, keeper of the Historic British Collection at the Tate Gallery, London.

___DESCRIPTION: Both volumes bound in full green cloth, gilt lettering stamped on the spine within a rectangular ruled border, light green endpapers, the Text volume giving a myriad of details about each work, the Plates volume reproducing Blake's works, some black and white and some in full colour; quarto size (11 7/8" by 8.5"), pagination: Text Volume, [i-vi] vii-xxvii, 1-668; Plates Volume unpaginated, with approximately 600 pages. Glossy dust jackets each with different colour illustrations of Blake's work on the front and back panels, summary of the work on the front flaps, publisher's ad on the back flaps.

___CONDITION: Volumes fine overall; the cloth clean and without wear, the corners straight and unrubbed, the binding tight with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and free of prior owner markings; one or two very light marks on the cloth, else fine. The dust jackets near fine, unclipped (although without a printed price), clean with absolutely no sunning, with only minor edgewear.

___POSTAGE: Please note that this set is extremely large and heavy, and there additional postage will apply; please inquire for details.

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Price: $275.00

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