Songs of Innocence.

London: Trianon Press, 1954. 8vo, [vi] pp. letterpress, 31 color collotype facsimile plates. Quarter brown morocco with brown paper-covered boards, quarter morocco with brown paper-covered slipcase. Plates printed on Arches pure rag paper with watermark of WB monogram. Some rubbing to backstrip, lower hinge repaired, internally fine. Copy no. 139 of an edition limited to 1600 (those numbered 1-800 printed in England, while 801-1600 reserved for distribution in the United States - see colophon) copies. The reproduction is from copy B belonging to Lessing Rosenwald now in the Library of Congress. First printed in black and white in 1789, this is thought to be one of the earliest copies colored by Blake. Bentley, Blake Books, 165. Loker, Grolier Club 100 Children’s Books, 19. Butlin noted in the Blake Quarterly: “The long list of color facsimiles produced by the Trianon Press under Arnold Fawcus for the William Blake Trust were above all objects of beauty, recreating as near to perfection as possible Blake’s original achievements.” (Item Id: 109197)

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