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

Songs of Innocence (and) Songs of Experience.

1885. Edmonton: William Muir, 1885.

2 vols. in one. 4to, 34; 30 leaves, hand-colored, with the original blue-gray wrappers as issued; copies No. 24 (Innocence) and 11 (Experience). Full dark red morocco, gilt top, gilt-lettered backstrip with gilt device at foot, bookplates of Thomas William Waller and Willis Vickery. Very good with tissue guards as issued.

§ Limited to about 50 copies of each. These are amongst the most alluring and successful of Muir’s facsimiles. 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, BB, 249 a and 249 d. Item #122385

Price: $14,500.00

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