William Blake: The Complete Illuminated Books (2000)

ISBN: 9780500510148
Artist(s): William Blake
Author(s): David Bindman (Introduction)
Format: hardback
Edition: First Edition
Year published: 2000
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Total Pages: 480
Illustrations: 393 plates, 366 in colour


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The nature of William Blake’s genius is most completely expressed in his Illuminated Books. As poet/artist Blake invented a method of printing that enabled him to create works in which words and images combine to form pages uniquely rich in content and beautiful in form. It is only through the pages as originally conceived and published by the poet himself that Blake’s meaning can be fully experienced.Blake’s hope that his books would obtain wide circulation was unfulfilled: some exist only in unique copies and none was printed in more than very small numbers. Now some 400 plates, drawn from The William Blake Trust’s acclaimed six-volume Collected Edition, and reproduced under their supervision, provide for the first time ever in one volume what the London Review of Books hailed as “Sumptuous facsimiles . . . glorious coloured pages . . . like peeping into a furnace of light through a crack in the door”.

Condition: some light marks and edge wear to dust-jacket. A few little marks to edges of text block, otherwise very good,



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