Songs of Innocence: Plate 19. “Holy Thursday”.

Songs of Innocence: Plate 19.  “Holy Thursday”.
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[London]: The Author & Printer W Blake[,] 1789. Single sheet, printed in black, matted. First printing, first issue, of Blake’s first extant attempt at illuminated printing, from copy W as listed in the standard bibliography, G. E. Bentley, Jr., Blake Books, pages 366, 411-12. This is the earliest impression of an illuminated plate printed by Blake ever offered for sale. There has never been, and will never be again, an opportunity to own Blake’s first tentative attempts at illuminated printing and it is hard to overstate the importance of this small and humble (and at the same time bold) beginning. (Item Id: 107301)

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