For Children. The Gates of Paradise, by William Blake, Lambeth, 1793.
Edmonton: William Muir, 1888. 4to, intaglio title page, iv ( text prologue), 18 leaves with Muir's black and white intaglio engraved plates, sewed, and more recently bound in vellum and new endpapers, and fitted into a modern marbled slipcase. Original Muir wrappers not bound in. Possibly one of the copies Quaritch had for sale as recently as 1942, when their catalogue records only 31 copies had been published (rather than the 50 first envisaged), and of these 31 at least some were still being offered for sale. The facsimile is convincing enough that plates from it have been offered as originals on occasion. Copies in such fine condition are almost unheard of. Bentley, BB, 249m.
(Item Id: 108808)