4to. Edmonton: William Muir, 1885. 4to, 1p.preface by Muir, 27 leaves hand-colored, 1p.appendix, 2 leaves at the end in facsimile of Blake’s manuscript arrangement of the Songs of Innocence and of Experience, and the separate plate ‘A Divine Image’. Original printed wrappers, bound into contemporary half navy calf gilt with navy morocco gilt label on cover and navy cloth boards, with the bookplate of H.C.Plimmer. Very good with tissue guards as issued. The superb Muir facsimile, limited to 50 copies, this copy numbered 31. Reproduces copy A - the Beckford-Harvard copy. “This book is Blake’s Principia, in which he announced a new concept of the universe.” (Damon, Blake Dictionary). One of Blake’s most popular texts, with numerous famous lines. See Bentley, BB, #249e. (Inventory #: 108803)
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