1816. London: Henry Colburn, 1816.
8vo, viii, 449 pp. With 2 leaves of ads at the front, and another 2 at the back, dated 1818. Original boards, paper backstrip (slightly rubbed with loss of label), some wear to boards, a very fine copy entirely uncut and in original state as issued.
§ First edition of one of the earliest biographical references to William Blake “an eccentric and very ingenious artist”, as well as a large number of writers such as Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Byron but (amazingly) no Shelley (Mary or Percy), no Keats, and no Jane Austen. Bentley, Blake Books, 2929: “references to Blake under William Hayley, W. Blake, and William Blake”. Some claim Watkins authored A-K and Shoberl the rest. Item #106809