1886. London: Pickering & Co., 1886.
8vo, 12 leaves with illustrations printed lithographically in reddish-brown highlighted in black (3 colored), original printed blue wrappers. In a later full brown morocco binding, lettered in gilt, lower cover rehinged.
§ Large-paper copy, privately printed for Pickering in an edition of 50 copies. One of the rarest Blake facsimiles, and, only in the large-paper edition, very well executed (the rest were not colored and were printed in a dark brown without highlights). Not in Bentley but see Blake Books Supplement, page 140. Essick notes: “According to BBS page 140, the plates reproduced are the same as those in the Muir facsimile of 1886, apparently from copies A, L, and perhaps H. However, Joseph Viscomi, Blake and the Idea of the Book, pp. 205, 212-13, demonstrates that most of the plates (a1, a2, a4, a8, a9, b3, b4, b12) in this Pickering facsimile were based on copy I, one of the early “bogus” or facsimile copies now in the Morgan Library. The remaining plates (a2, a5, a6, a7) were probably based on copy D (Harvard) or copy G (Morgan), according to Viscomi.”. Item #108532