1806. London: printed for Longman; by T. Bensley, 1806.
8vo, iv, xlviii, 172 pp. With a frontispiece by Blake engraved by Cromek, and three plates (one folding). Original boards, a superb large-paper uncut copy with the original printed label still present.
§ First edition, very uncommon in original state especially the large-paper issue. The text includes the first typographic printing of the poems “Laughing Song”, “The Divine Image”, “Holy Thursday”, “The Tiger”, and “I love the Jocund Dance”. In addition, the preface has a 23-page account of Blake, being the first biographical information on him ever printed. The text of this section was largely obtained from conversations with Blake himself. The child was Malkin’s son, apparently an infant prodigy who died at the age of seven. Bentley, Blake Books, p. 18 (a good note on the book) and #482. Item #108073