3 vols. London: J. Johnson, 1783. 3 vols, small 8vo, (2), xiv, lxxii, (2), 264; (2), 342; (4), 301, (engraved music for songs), 32, (index and corrections). Of the 17 engravings 9 are confirmed as engraved by Blake and 2 further ones may be attributable to him. A good set in clean condition with excellent engravings. Bound in contempory tree calf with gilt rules and recently uniformly rebacked with gilt titles to new spines. Leaf A1 in vol 3 (music vol) has been removed : this appears to have been an advertisment, half-title or blank, as the title precedes this, and the musical scores commence on A2. Slight wear to corners of boards. First edition. Ritson, a notable eccentric who eventually went completely mad, was incarcerated at Hoxton after starting a bonfire of his manuscripts in his rooms in Gray’s Inn. His editions of the early English texts are highly regarded. Bentley, Blake Books 491, Essick, William Blake's Commercial Book Illustrations XIV. (Inventory #: 108746)
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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