Fourteen etchings after Auguries of Innocence by William Blake.

1980. Paris: Harry H. Lunn, 1980.

Large folio, 45 x 36 cm, [16] pp. of letterpress, with 14 etchings printed in color by Rémy Bucciali all signed Lars Bo and numbered 22/100. Loose sheets in the original green slipcase. Fine as issued.

§ A beautiful presentation of Blake’s much loved and perhaps best known poems and sayings by the renowned Danish artist Bo (1924-1999). “Lars Bo moved to Paris in the early 1950s to study art and printmaking techniques at the famous Atelier 17, under the directorship of Stanley William Hayter. Bo began a long and successful career as an artist of the illustrated book in 1952. Until 1996 he produced etchings and aquatints for many great illustrated books. Some of his greatest works in this field is for classic editions of Hans Christian Andersen.

Lars Bo began exhibiting his individual prints and paintings in Paris in 1954. Shortly thereafter he became a leading artist for the French periodical, Le Monde. By 1960 Bo had established an international reputation (especially for his original prints) and exhibitions of his art were held in England, the United States and Japan.” (Wikipedia).

Blake’s Auguries is a poem from one of William Blake's notebooks now known as The Pickering Manuscript. It is assumed to have been written in 1803, but was not published until 1863 in the companion volume to Alexander Gilchrist's biography of William Blake. It opens: “To see a World in a Grain of Sand / And a Heaven in a Wild Flower / Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand / And Eternity in an hour”. The Blake archive notes: “the manuscript also beckons to readers (and poets, artists, and musicians, because these are among Blake's most influential lines).”. Item #107388

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