Little Tom the Sailor. William Blake.

Little Tom the Sailor.

Printed for & sold by the Widow Spicer of Folkstone for the Benefit of her Orphans. [n.d.]

55.9 x 22.9 cm., single sheet folded once, with some traces of mounting tape on the vertical margin, some creases but very good.

§ The very fine William Muir facsimile, often mistaken in the past as the original. The poem was composed by William Hayley. Originally etched in relief and white line by Blake on four plates, printed in black ink, uncolored; copies are also known hand colored or printed in brown ink. This is one of Blake’s rarest works; it is also amongst the rarest of Muir’s facsimiles; some were issued in The Hobby Horse (see below) and some separately. This is one of the separate issues and only the second copy I have ever seen. They can be distinguished from the Hobby Horse examples since the latter were cut into two pieces to fit in the magazine, always with slight loss of text at the cut, or folded twice. Bentley, BB, 470B. Bindman, Complete Graphic Works of Blake, 384. See also Keynes, Blake Studies, 2nd ed. (who reported that the Muir facsimile was exhibited for some years as the original at the Pierpont Morgan Library). Item #108281

Price: $2,000.00

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