Life of William Blake, Pictor Ignotus. With Selections from his Poems and Other Writings. Illustrated from Blakes own Works, in facsimile by W.J. Linton, and in photolithography; with a few of Blakes Original Plates.
London: Macmillan, 1863. 2 vols., 8vo, xv, 389; vii, 268 pp., with a portrait frontispiece in vol. I, a folding frontispiece of the Canterbury Pilgrims in vol. II, and numerous illustrations. Later, quarter leather with orange cloth boards, decorated and lettered in gilt along backstrip. Very good. 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 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, 1680A.
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