4to. London: William Muir, 1927. 4to, 27 + 4 plates hand-colored and one uncolored. Original printed gray wrappers, brown paper backstrip, as issued. No. 23 of about 50 copies printed. The second Muir facsimile of this title, inscribed by Muir “Made in Great Britain Copy No. 23” and signed by him on the front inside wrapper and the same information printed and filled in by hand at the end. The coloring is exceptionally bright and clear in these early copies. They were “facsimiled by Joseph Patrick Trumble, Sophia Elizabeth Muir and William Muir from the Beaconsfield Original[s] in the British Museum with [in Experience] (as an appendix) 4 plates from the other British Museum copy. Also one plate for which no colouring is known 'A Divine Image’ which seems to belong to the Songs although not included in them by Blake.” Bentley 162. (Inventory #: 108811)
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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