8vo. London: Longman, 1806. 8vo, iv, xlviii, 172 pp.With a frontispiece by Blake, engraved by Cromek, and 3 plates (one folding). Very good in original gray boards slightly darkened and worn at corners and with later spine showing wear at edges at rear. Contained in a red morocco gilt slipcase. George Goyders's copy with his bookplate. First edition, very uncommon in original state. This is possibly a large-paper issue as it’s substantially bigger than other untrimmed copies in stock. The text includes the first typographic printing of the poems “Laughing Song”, “The Divine Image”, “Holy Thursday”, “The Tiger”, and “I love the Jocund Dance”. In addition, the preface has a 24-page account of Blake, being the first biographical information on him ever printed. The text of this section was largely obtained from conversations with Blake himself. The child was Malkin’s son, apparently an infant prodigy who died at the age of seven. Bentley, BB, p.18 (a good note on the book) and #482. (Inventory #: 108740)
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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