Lives of the Most Eminent British Painters, Sculptors and Architects.
London: John Murray, 1829 1833. 6 vols., small 8vo, uniform half calf and marbled boards. In generally very good condition throughout, with some light scuffing to spines, with the spine title-piece to vol. 3 missing and that of vol. 2 slightly defective: each volume has some 4 to 10 plates, generally portraits of the artists, but volume 1 having extra plates with examples of works of the most prominent such as Hogarth and Gainsborough. Tissue guards are generally present but quite a few plates are slightly foxed in margins and on the reverse, with those in vol. 3 being more so. First edition. Blake is covered in vol. 2 with a portrait and a 39 pp.biography. The work also contains early portraits and biographies of many contemporaries including those whose works Blake frequently engraved, such as Fuseli, Flaxman and Morland.Bentley, Blake Books, 1433 A.
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