2004 · New Haven and London
by Bentley, G.E., Jr.
New Haven and London: Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art by Yale University Press, 2004. Second Edition. Hardcover. Fine/near fine. The first printing of this second edition, large octavo size, 981 pp. This second edition, published in 2004, incorporates "Blake Records" (published 1969), "Blake Records - Supplement" (published 1988), and "Extensive Discoveries since 1988" (per the title page). "Poet, painter, engraver and mystic, William Blake (1757-1827) is unequalled for the imaginary force and visionary power of his works. This fascinating book collects all the known documentary records relating to Blake's long and productive life" (n.b., from dust jacket flap). By noted Blake scholar G. E. Bentley, Jr., emeritus professor of English at the University of Toronto and the author of numerous books about William Blake. ___DESCRIPTION: Full navy blue cloth, gilt lettering on the spine, pictorial endpapers, one section of photographs (mostly of examples of Blake's work) most of which are black and white, a few in full colour; large octavo size (9.25" by 6.25"), pagination: [i-vii] viii-xxxviii,  2-943 (note that pagination does not include the section of photographs which is comprised of sixteen leaves). Glossy dust jacket shows a reproduction from Blake's "The Grave" on the front panel and from "When the morning Stars sang together" on the back panel, the spine blue with white lettering, summary of the book on the front flap, short author bio on the back flap. ___CONDITION: Volume fine; the cloth clean and without blemish, the corners straight and unrubbed, the binding tight with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and free of prior owner markings; the dust jacket near fine, unclipped (although without a printed price), clean with the colours bright, absolutely no sunning, with only extremely minor edgewear. ___POSTAGE: Please note that this is an unusually large and heavy volume, and there additional postage may apply; please inquire for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help. (Inventory #: CNJL2197)