1880. London: Macmillan, 1880.
2 vols., 8vo, xvii, 431; ix, 383 pp., with a portrait frontispiece on India paper in each volume and numerous illustrations. Original blue cloth with elaborate gilt-stamped designs. A fine copy of this attractive binding with the binder’s ticket “Bound by Burn & Co” at the back.
§ Second and best edition and a highpoint of Victorian publishers' bindings. Gilchrist was Blake’s first full-scale biographer. The work was unfinished when he died; his wife Anne helped to complete the Life, with help from Dante Gabriel Rossetti who wrote the final chapter from Gilchrist’s notes, and his brother William Michael Rossetti -- also A.C. Swinburne whose own book on Blake was the result of his researches when reviewing Gilchrist’s book. Also of interest are the prints (found in all copies) - three from electrotypes of the Virgil prints and 17 from electrotypes of the Songs of Innocence and of Experience. Bentley, Blake Books, 1680B. Item #122882