The Seraph, a Collection of Sacred Music. Vol 2.
London: Jones & Co, 1825. Royal 8vo, (4, Engraved title page, foreword to performers), 240, (4, Indexes) pp.A fair copy, well used, but complete, in half calf over marbled boards reattached, and darkened and worn at edges and corners. Spine worn with loss at head and tail, and label defective. Front free endpaper with stains and soiling and worn at edge. Text and music generally good, with some light browning and foxing throughout. Wear to page margins for 2 popular hymns, with slight loss of margin to a few pp. All editions are very scarce. The engraved title has " Conscience and the Recording Angel" beneath Blake's design, and a direction to " See Page 1, Vol 2 of this work". The design is a reduced scale copy of that for page 27 of Young's "Night Thoughts" engraving, with the text for The Seraph's title replacing that in the corresponding area of the original. Pages 1-5 of Volume 2 have the words from page 27 of Night Thoughts spoken by the Recording Angel: words are set to music by Young for 4 voices. The engraved image by p.Jones is a good replica of Blake's original, crisp, clean, with just some browning to the right margin, and a fox mark below the engraving, neither encroaching on the image. Bentley, BB, 512 C and BBS, page 264 each record one copy only.
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