Songs of Innocence (and) Songs of Experience. William Blake.

Songs of Innocence (and) Songs of Experience.

Edmonton: William Muir, 1885. 2 vols. in one. 4to, 34; 30 leaves, hand-colored, each part bound in its original gray wrappers as issued; both copies No. 20. bound in contemporary half navy calf gilt with navy morocco gilt label on cover and navy cloth boards, with the bookplate of H. C. Plimmer. Very good with tissue guards as issued. Limited to around 50 copies of each. These are amongst the most alluring and successful of Muir’s remarkable hand-colored facsimiles of Blake's prophetic books. Muir's work was so fine plates have on occasion been exhibited or sold as originals. His ambitious scope and influence was not equaled until the Blake Trust/Trianon Press collaboration in the mid 20th-century. Songs of Innocence was taken from the Pearson copy and he is recorded at the end as the Publisher in London in 1884 but his death caused Muir to take the project to Quaritch who distributed the whole series. Songs of Experience is taken from the Beckford copy. The general title to both works is found at the end of Experience. Bentley, Blake Books, 249 and 249 d. Item #108805

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