Oxford: at the Clarendon Press, 1926. William Blake Glossy B&W plates / June 2019. First Edition. Cloth. Two volumes, tall and thick 8vos, original publisher's black cloth & gilt lettering on spine with Oxford crest on front covers, illustrated with 2 frontispieces (one from Blake's Milton); another double-spread & 10 glossy B&W plates reproducing Blake originals, xvi, 648 ; xxii, 361 pp. Near Fine / None. Item #4925
A well illustrated reference & commentary on Blake's several prophetic works.
William Blake (1757 – 1827) was an English poet, painter, and printmaker. Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age.
What he called his prophetic works were said by 20th-century critic Northrop Frye to form "what is in proportion to its merits the least read body of poetry in the English language". His visual artistry led 21st-century critic Jonathan Jones to proclaim him "far and away the greatest artist Britain has ever produced".
Condition: Tight, clean copies. Light rubbing to covers. No foxing; bright plates. Very slight rubbing to the top and foot of both spines. Considerable toning to an endpaper in volume I--perhaps caused by a review or newspaper having once been tucked in--and a small nick on the lower edge of said page. (Bentley, Blake Books, 309).