Lot 20 of 443:
William Blake illustrates The Grave, 3rd Edition  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$300
Estimate:
$500 - $800

Title:
The Grave

Author:
Blair, Robert

Place:
[London]

Publisher:
[John Camden Hotten]

Date:
[c.1870]

Description:

Frontis portrait of Blake after Phillips, engraved title-page, and eleven plates. (Small folio) 19th century brown half calf over brown cloth boards, black leather label, gilt lettering, marbled endpapers, t.e.g. Later facsimile edition of the small folio edition of 1813; Third Edition overall.

The famous edition of Robert Blair's 18th century poem, illustrated by William Blake, here in its facsimile version printed for John Camden Hotten in 1870, using the original plates. For many years this edition was assumed to be the 1813 edition, as stated on the title-pages. In his bibliography of Blake, Bentley expressed doubts about that, and in the Book Collector years later, Robert Essick and Morton Paley delineate the bibliographical scenario.


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Condition:
Edges worn; front hinge starting; bookplate of Charles Walker Andrews on front pastedown; very good.


 
Item number:
308012
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