2 vols. London: Henry Colburn, 1828. 2 vols, 8vo, x, 424, vi, 488pp.Bound in contemporary marbled boards and quarter calf, recently sympathetically rebacked with gilt titles on the new labels. Generally a very good copy with some foxing of first signatures of each vol. First edition. This interesting collection of biographical anecdotes about and around Nollekens by the keeper of prints and drawings at the British Museum includes a section on Blake in vol. II, pages 454-488, which is amongst the earliest biographical accounts of Blake. Of great interest is the listing of Blake’s books and prints in the collection of Richard Thomson, with sufficient detail to merit being regarded as a preliminary bibliography. Smith also touches on Blake’s techniques of print-making. Many well-known anecdotes about Blake’s life appear here for the first time. A second, revised edition appeared in 1829. Bentley, BB, 2723A. (Inventory #: 108956)
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