Lot 75 of 168:
Muir facsimile of Blake's Book of Thel, 1885  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$2,400
$4,000 - $6,000

The Book of Thel

Blake, William

[Edmonton, London, England]

[William Muir]



[8] leaves, printed on rectos only with ochre ink and hand-colored illustrations. 36.5x25 cm (14¼x9¾"), period full red straight-grain morocco with borders tooled in gilt, spine tooled & lettered in gilt, gilt inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Limited to 50 copies.

William Muir's stunning 1885 colored facsimile of William Blake's exceedingly rare and exquisitely colored etched work from 1789. This superbly bound copy does not retain the original wrappers on which were written the limitation statement. Accompanied by a copy of Muir’s 1920 edition reproducing a different and more vibrantly colored copy of the text, also limited to 50 copies, bound in later half leather, with Muir’s signed limitation statement and copy number from the original wrappers mounted on front endpaper.  

Lot Amendments

1885 printing with some mild scuffing to extremities, some slight rubbing to covers, bookplate; 1920 printing with mild insect damage to front cover cloth; very good or better condition.

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