The Wits Magazine; or Library of Momus. Being a Compleat Repository of Mirth, Humour, and Entertainment.
London: Harrison and Co., 17841785. 2 vols. in one, 8vo, [1-9], 10-485, (1); [1-5], 6-193, (1) pp. With a folding frontispiece (second version) and numerous folding engraved plates of which 5 are engraved by Blake, one after Stothard and four after Samuel Collings. Contemporary marbled boards, modern-calf backstrip and tips, a very good set with good margins around the plates: rare. First edition. Only two complete sets have sold at auction since 1975 and only two sets have passed through the trade (Maggs in 1988 and Ximenes, some years ago) according to Essick, Blake in the Marketplace. Bentley, Blake Books, 513. Essick, William Blakes Commercial Book Illustrations, XVI.
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