The Life of George Romney.

Chichester: W. Mason, 1809. Large 4to, (8), 416, (7) pp, with a portrait frontispiece and 11 engraved plates, including one by Blake after Romney. Large paper copy in red half calf over marbled paper boards, with gilt rules and titling. A very good copy with clean pages and prints throughout : just traces of ageing on the first few pages. First edition, large-paper copy. Although not substantially bigger than uncut copies of the regular issue, the large-paper copies are on heavier paper and the impressions are stronger. The 1-page advertisment at the end for “Epistles to Romney” is not found in the small-paper copies. Blake’s plate of the shipwreck incorporates a number of familiar figures from his iconography and is a strong and vivid illustration. Bentley, Blake Books 469, Essick, William Blake's Commercial Book Illustrations, XLIX: large-paper issue has an “1807” watermark without a maker’s name; the small paper is watermarked “Rye Mill / 1807”. (Item Id: 108741)

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