1825. London: Button Whitaker and Company, [1818-28].
2 vols., royal 8vo, engraved title, (4), iv, 240 (engraved plates of music and text); engraved title after Blake, 240 (engraved plates of music and text), (4, indices)pp. Later half calf and marbled boards, repair to inner margin of the title-page to volume 1, minor soiling and signs of usage but generally very good for this book.
§ First edition of this uncommon and extensive collection sacred music with the engraved title to Vol. 2 after a design by William Blake. Bentley described three editions; each part consisted of 60 pages and was issued separately from 1818 onwards. All editions are very scarce. The engraved title to volume 2 has "Conscience and the Recording Angel" beneath Blake's design, and a direction to "See Page 1, Vol 2 of this work". The design is a reduced scale copy of that for page 27 of Young's "Night Thoughts" engraving, with the text for The Seraph's title replacing that in the corresponding area of the original. Pages 1-5 of Volume 2 have the words from page 27 of Night Thoughts spoken by the Recording Angel: words are set to music by Young for 4 voices. Bentley, BB, 512 C and BBS, page 264. Note: the only non-English composer of the music was Mozart, two pieces in each volume. Also, one piece is attributed to John Milton (father of the great poet). Item #123532