Large 4to. Chichester: W. Mason, 1809. Large 4to, (8), 416, (7) pp, with a portrait frontispiece and 11 engraved plates, including one by Blake after Romney. Large paper copy in red half calf over marbled paper boards, with gilt rules and titling. A very good copy with clean pages and prints throughout : just traces of ageing on the first few pages. First edition, large-paper copy. Although not substantially bigger than uncut copies of the regular issue, the large-paper copies are on heavier paper and the impressions are stronger. The 1-page advertisment at the end for “Epistles to Romney” is not found in the small-paper copies. Blake’s plate of the shipwreck incorporates a number of familiar figures from his iconography and is a strong and vivid illustration. Bentley, Blake Books 469, Essick, William Blake's Commercial Book Illustrations, XLIX: large-paper issue has an “1807” watermark without a maker’s name; the small paper is watermarked “Rye Mill / 1807”. (Inventory #: 108741)
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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