The Book of Thel (and) Visions of the Daughters of Albion.
by Blake, William.
4to. Edmonton: William Muir, 1885. 4to, 1 (preface by Muir), 8 hand- colored leaves; 1(preface by Muir), 11 hand-colored leaves, bound with tissue guards in original gray wrappers as issued by Muir: copies 24 and 30. Bound in contemporary half navy calf gilt with navy morocco and gilt label on cover and navy cloth boards, with H.C. Plimmer's bookplate. Very good. The Thel facsimile is based on copy D, colored by hand and limited to about 50 copies. Essick notes three versions of the ca. 1885 edition, one entirely executed by hand, this version with the correction of ’sprin’ to ’springs’ on leaf 5 line 7 and with the two final plates numbered 7 and 8, and a third version with the final two leaves (correctly) numbered 5 and 6 as in Blake’s original. The Visions facsimile also limited to around 50 copies is on Hodgkinson wove paper (some copies were printed on a thinner “Antique Note” laid paper). Based on copy A in the British Museum. Bentley, Blake Books 249 b and e. (Inventory #: 108807)
Books and manuscripts in all fields, especially medieval illuminated and text manuscripts; material on California, Hawaii, and Pacific voyages; illustrated books and fine bindings from the 15th through the 20th century; children's books from 1750 to 1950; and fine press printing. William Blake, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Thomas Frognall Dibdin are special interests.
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