2 volumes. London: Trianon Press, 1972. 2 volumes, huge 4to, 116 color facsimile leaves, additional proof sheets, progressive plates, original stencils, etc., all in two portfolios, one a full brown morocco folding box, the other a quarter brown morocco box, all within a quarter brown morocco box. Fine. #30 of 36 de luxe copies with extra material, issued unbound in portfolio, of a total edition of 320 sets. This set is the Trianon Press’s own set, so marked. For exhibition purposes this is the version to have as the sheets are issued singly and thus the entire 116 leaves (plus text and extra material) can be displayed at once. In this, one of Blake’s most extravagant tours de force, he took Gray’s poems as a springboard for epic watercolors. Mounting the text on a large sheet, he painted all around the margins some of his most powerful and striking designs. The illustrations to a poem on the death of a favorite cat drowned in a goldfish bowl, for example, are a classic example of his visionary powers transcending the prosaic. The Trianon Press reproductions are recognized as the finest examples of the art of facsimile reproduction; working from the originals in Paul Mellon’s collection, each leaf is faithfully hand-colored through stencils to achieve an astonishing exactitude. The Times Literary Supplement stated that nothing like these books had ever been printed before and that it was highly unlikely that they could be printed again. Bentley, Blake Books, 385.Bentley, Blake Books, 385. (Inventory #: 107387)
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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