6 copperplate engraving plates (complete). London: Printed for J. Johnson, 1791. 6 copperplate engraving plates (complete), 133 x 74 mm. or so, trimmed retaining the top edge text but lacking the imprint below the footer title. Cleaned, in very good condition. First edition, second state of plates 1 and 2; a very attractive set of these plates designed and engraved by Blake for Johnson. William Blake’s characteristic illustrations, reminiscent in iconography to his designs for his own Songs of Innocence (1789). This collection of didactic tales for youth, in part reinforcing the lessons of Wollstonecraft’s first book, Thoughts on the Education of Daughters, proved her most popular book, going through five editions by 1800. Windle, Bibliography of Mary Wollstonecraft, A3b. Bentley, Blake Books, 514A. Easson and Essick, vol. I, no. III. (Inventory #: 107312)
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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