A New and Improved Roman History… The Second Edition embellished with four copper plates.

London: J. Johnson, 1798. All 4 full-page copperplate engravings after Fuseli signed by Blake as the engraver. Matted, good impressions of the plates, complete with the imprints untrimmed. One of Blake’s scarcer works, seldom seen in the trade or at auction; there was also a volume on English history published in the same year. We have had one other copy in the last seven years, and one other separate set of the plates. The plates are strong and lively renditions of moments such as the death of Cleopatra; with the recent discovery of an original drawing by Fuseli for Allen’s English History (now in the Essick Collection) we now are quite sure that the illustrations for both volumes were drawn by Fuseli. Bentley, Blake Books, 416. Essick, William Blake’s Commercial Book Illustrations, XXXVII. Item #100653

Price: $1,250.00