A Father’s Memoirs of his Child.

A Father’s Memoirs of his Child.
click image to zoom

London: printed for Longman by T. Bensley, 1806. 8vo, iv, xlviii, 172 pp. With a frontispiece by Blake engraved by Cromek, and three plates (one folding). Modern half morocco, backstrip with 5 raised bands, lettered in gilt. Marbled boards. Untrimmed. Small marginal repair to page [i]/ii. Very good. First edition. Malkin knew Blake well and in the long preface he devotes 24 pages to an account of his friend’s life and genius, the first recorded account of Blake by a contemporary. The text of this section was largely obtained from conversations with Blake himself. The biographical account of Blake and his poetry (pages xviii-xli) are described by Keynes as “the earliest available... obtained from Blake himself”. The text includes the first typographic printing of the poems “Laughing Song”, “The Divine Image”, “Holy Thursday”, “I loved the Jocund Dance” and an interesting variant in the text of “The Tyger”. The child was Malkin’s son, apparently an infant prodigy who died at the age of seven. Bentley, Blake Books, p. 18 (a good note on the book) and #482. (Item Id: 101669)

Buy Now

All items are guaranteed as described but may be returned for any reason for resale for a full refund within 10 days of receipt only if packed, shipped, and insured as received. Payment in US dollars drawn on a US bank, including state and local taxes as applicable, is expected upon receipt unless otherwise agreed. Institutions may receive deferred billing and duplicates will be considered for credit. References or advance payment may be requested of anyone ordering for the first time. All sold items remain the property of John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller until paid for in full. Postage is extra and will be via UPS or USPS unless otherwise requested.

PayPal is the prefered payment method but Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are also gladly accepted: if paying by credit card please be sure to read and understand the descriptions of the books you are ordering, as substantial charges can be assessed on returns for which the buyer is responsible. Please also note that under standard terms of business, title does not pass to the purchaser until the purchase price has been paid in full.

ILAB dealers only may deduct their reciprocal discount, provided the account is paid in full within 30 days; thereafter the price is net.