Songs of Innocence and Experience with Other Poems.
London: Pickering, 1866. Small 8vo, xii, 108 pp. Original cloth, red printed paper label, rebacked. The first appearance of the most important edition of Blake to that time, with two previously unpublished poems here printed for the first time. Although a typographic issue of the Songs had appeared in 1839 and Gilchrist and Rossetti had included them in the 1863 biography, neither of those versions were faithful to Blakes original text, with Rossetti in particular standing accused of efforts at improvement. The editor of this edition, R. H. Shepherd, gives for the first time in accessible form the exact text of Blakes idiosyncratic engraved publications of 1789 and 1794 (only twenty-two complete copies of each of which survive) though omitting lines from Mary and from Auguries of Innocence which contained the word whore. The additional poems, two of them previously unpublished, are printed from Blakes original manuscripts. Bentley, Blake Books, 335A.
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