1863. London and Cambridge: Macmillan and Co., 1863.
2 vols., 8vo, xv, 389; vii, 268 pp., with a portrait frontispiece in vol. 1, a folding frontispiece of the Canterbury Pilgrims in vol. 2, and numerous illustrations. Bound by Root & Son in half green morocco, marbled boards, backstrip gilt, top edge gilt. Binding a little rubbed, otherwise a near fine copy with almost no foxing.
§ First edition. Of special interest are the 3 electrotypes from the Virgil woodblocks and the 17 electrotypes from the original copperplates of the Songs of Innocence and of Experience. Gilchrist was Blake’s first full-scale biographer. The work was unfinished when he died; his wife Anne helped to complete the Life and survived him by 24 years, 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. Bentley, Blake Books 1680 A. Item #124674