Life of William Blake. With Selections from his Poems and Other Writings. A New and Enlarged Edition illustrated from Blakes own Works. With additional Letters and a Memoir of the Author.
London: Macmillan, 1880. 2 vols., 8vo, xvii, 431; ix, 383 pp., with a portrait frontispiece in each volume and numerous illustrations. Original blue cloth with elaborate gilt-stamped designs, slight wear to extremities and minor split to hinge and joint of vol. 2. A good copy of this attractive binding. Second and best edition, this copy inscribed to James Inglis by Herbert H. Gilchrist. Of special interest are the original prints - three from the Virgil woodblocks (in this edition printed on India paper and preferable to the prints in the first edition of Gilchrist) and 17 from electrotypes made from the original copperplates of the Songs of Innocence and of Experience. Gilchrist was Blakes first full-scale biographer and the only biographer who actually met Blake. The work was unfinished when he died and largely completed by Dante Gabriel Rossetti who wrote the final chapter from Gilchrists notes, with help from his brother William Michael, and also Swinburne whose own book on Blake was the result of his researches when reviewing Gilchrists book. Bentley, Blake Books, 1680B.
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