LIFE OF WILLIAM BLAKE. "Pictor ignotus": With selections from his…

LIFE OF WILLIAM BLAKE. "Pictor ignotus": With selections from his poems and other writings. Illustrated from Blake's own works, in facsimile, by W.J. Linton, and in photolithography; with a few of Blake's original plates. In two volumes by GILCHRIST, Alexander < >

LIFE OF WILLIAM BLAKE. "Pictor ignotus": With selections from his poems and other writings. Illustrated from Blake's own works, in facsimile, by W.J. Linton, and in photolithography; with a few of Blake's original plates. In two volumes

Edition: First Edition

London and Cambridge: Macmillan, 1863. Two volumes, bound in old half black morocco and marbled boards, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt. pp [4], (xvi), (390), [4]; [4], (viii), [4] + frontispieces (one folding) with tissue guards. Volume I has an additional 11 plates (6 printed in brown). Volume II has an additional 38 plates (16 brown). Many text illustrations. Inner hinges neatly repaired with maroon cloth tape; Vol. I has a shallow chip across head of the spine and a cracked front hinge, with a slight separation verso of front free endpaper. Vol. II has a shallow chip across head of spine. Page edges yellowed, small ink owner name at front of each volume, yellowing to the tissue guards, text paper lightly toned as always; in all VG externally, internally mainly fine, now firm in the bindings, an attractive copy. Bentley, Blake Books, 1234 A: "Never has an important literary reputation been posthumously established so effectively, instantaneously, and forcefully.... Gilchrist's title, 'Pictor Ignotus,' had not been mere showmanship. Blake had been unknown, and Gilchrist made him sensationally well-known. From 1863 on, Blake took an unchallenged place in literary and artistic history as one of the great figures of the Romantic Movement. Gilchrist's biography is still, in many respects, the best biography of Blake" 1.25 kg parcel; Octavo

Book ID: 52140
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