The Gates of Paradise. For Children. For the Sexes. William Blake, Trianon Press.

The Gates of Paradise. For Children. For the Sexes.

1968. London: Trianon Press, 1968.

4 vols., 8vo and 12mo, Vol. I (8vo), [i-vii]-viii, 50, (4) pp., Vol. II (12mo), [2] pp., 22 plates, Vol. III [4] pp., 31 plates, Vol. IV (12mo), [2] pp., 10 plates, negative and copper plate. Original tan morocco, (volume 4 in brown cloth, as issued), cloth slipcase, gilt lettering to backstrips of all three volumes. Backstrips slightly flaked.

§ Copy #14, with the first three volumes bound in morocco. From an edition of 726 total copies including 700 numbered 1 to 700, of which the first 50 have additional material and are in a special binding, and 26 reserved copies lettered A-Z. Volume I is an introductory volume, followed by three volumes of plates.

“In about 1818 Blake revised For Children: The Gates of Paradise, giving the work the new title of For the Sexes: The Gates of Paradise and adding three new text plates at the end (Plates 19-21). All twenty-one plates are intaglio etchings/engravings. Plates 19-20 contain brief interpretive statements keyed by number to the preceding design plates. The final plate is addressed to Satan as the “God of This [fallen] World.” (Blake Archive). Bentley, BB, 48. Item #107595

Price: $1,750.00

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