Poetical Sketches. By W.B.
London: 1783. Slim 8vo, 76pp. Complete with the final blank. Full green morocco, enclosed in a quarter green morocco box. Washed and pressed. First edition of Blakes first book, of which 23 copies are recorded with one of these still untraced but possibly in private hands in New York. Of these copies, all are in Institutions except for the untraced copy and this copy, which was last sold at the Bradley Martin sale in 1990 for $121,000. Presentation copy inscribed by John Flaxman to William Long; Flaxman was responsible for publication of this book along with the Rev. Henry Mathews. This copy has the two manuscript corrections assumed to be by Blake that are found in most copies. See BB 128; BBS p. 107. Fuller details of provenance etc. in the Martin catalogue.
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