1963. London: Trianon Press, 1963.
Folio, 18 color facsimile leaves and 8 pp of commentary by Sir Geoffrey Keynes. Very fine in quarter blue morocco over blue marbled boards in slipcase.
§ Copy #38. Limited to 526 copies including 20 de luxe copies numbered I-XX, 480 regular copies numbered 1-480 and 26 regular copies lettered A-Z reserved for Mr. Paul Mellon, the Trustees of the William Blake Trust and the publishers. One of the rarest Trianon Press publications and the first de luxe edition we’ve seen in many years. “America was the first of Blake’s books to name a place [Lambeth] in the imprint... which was an act of defiant courage... for the first time he designated one of his books as “a prophecy”... he concentrated particularly on the dramatic events in Boston... Blake continued his tale in Europe and then to make the cycle of continents complete he wrote “Africa” and “Asia”giving a general title of all four: The Song of Los.” (Damon, Blake Dictionary). One of the rarest Trianon Press publications and the first de luxe edition we’ve seen in many years. Bentley, Blake Books, A9. Item #123968