Single sheet. [London]: The Author & Printer W Blake[,] 1789. Single sheet, printed in black, matted. First printing, first issue, of Blake’s first extant attempt at illuminated printing, from copy W as listed in the standard bibliography, G. E. Bentley, Jr., Blake Books, pages 366, 411-12. This is the earliest impression of an illuminated plate printed by Blake ever offered for sale. There has never been, and will never be again, an opportunity to own Blake’s first tentative attempts at illuminated printing and it is hard to overstate the importance of this small and humble (and at the same time bold) beginning. (Inventory #: 107301)
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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