By Alexander Gilchrist
London   Macmillan and Co
9" by 6.5" xxi, 2-431; 383pp
A beautifully bound copy of the preferable second edition of William Gilchrist's richly illustrated biography of William Blake.
By Alexander Gilchrist

1880 Life and Works of William Blake

London   Macmillan and Co
9" by 6.5" xxi, 2-431; 383pp
A beautifully bound copy of the preferable second edition of William Gilchrist's richly illustrated biography of William Blake.
£1,875.00
: 2kgs / : 867F42

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Description

Early Edition, Illustrated, Leather Binding

The two volume second edition of this work. First published in 1863, this second edition is expanded, and is generally regarded as more desirable than the first edition.

Volume I illustrated with fifty-six vignette, full page and mounted illustrations, with volume II illustrated with forty-one full plates and vignettes, including a number of prints from electrotypes made from the original copperplates of Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience. Collated, complete.

Retaining the original half titles.

Alexander Gilchrist was an English author, known chiefly as a biographer for William Etty and William Blake.

The work is considered the standard reference work on Blake, with Dante Gabriel Rossetti and his brother William Michael Rossetti both offering contributions. Gilchrist spent many years compiling the material and interviewing Blake's surviving friends, although the work was originally left incomplete following Gilchrist's sudden death from Scarlet Fever in 1861. The work was first published two years later, having been complete by his wife Anne Gilchrist.

Condition

In half morocco bindings, with marbled paper covered boards. Light fading to back strips, as is expected with green morocco. A touch of rubbing to joint heads, otherwise externally lovely. Small bookplates to front pastedowns. Internally, firmly bound. Pages bright and generally clean, with only the odd spot and handling mark. A small number of neat pencil inscriptions to volume I.

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