Life of William Blake. With Selections from his Poems and Other Writings. A New and Enlarged Edition illustrated from Blakes own Works. With additional Letters and a Memoir of the Author.
London: Macmillan, 1880. Vol. 2 only, 8vo, ix, 383 pp., with a portrait frontispiece and numerous illustrations. Original blue cloth with elaborate gilt-stamped designs. Backstrip worn, cracked and partially detached with some loss at foot and crown. Second and best edition. 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. Gilchrist was Blakes first full-scale biographer and the only biographer who actually met Blake. The work was unfinished when he died and largely completed by Dante Gabriel Rossetti who wrote the final chapter from Gilchrists notes, with help from his brother William Michael, and also Swinburne whose own book on Blake was the result of his researches when reviewing Gilchrists book. Bentley, Blake Books, 1680B.
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