The Grave. A Poem. Illustrated by Twelve Etchings executed from original Designs. To which is added a Life of the Author.

London: T. Bensley, 1813. Very large folio (17.5 x 11.25 ins.), liv, 42 pages. With the portrait frontispiece after Phillips on laid India paper, an etched title-page, and 11 plates engraved by Luigi Schiavonetti after Blake’s designs. Modern boards, blue morocco backstrip lettered in gilt (misdated ‘1808’), some spotting and foxing mostly to margins. Second folio edition, with 6 of the 12 plates in the first state. Remainder printings of the 1808 folio and 1808 quarto states were used for the 1813 folio issue—hence the combination of states. Indeed, the 1813 folio was probably printed to make use of these earlier printings of the plates. The differences between the 1808 folio and 1813 quarto states appear only in the inscriptions, not the images. Folio proof copies of either the 1808 or the 1813 editions are very rare. The 1813 folio is preferred by some collectors because of the added biographies of Blake, Schiavonetti, and Cromek. Bentley, Blake Books, 435C (noting but two extant copies). Bindman, Complete Graphic Works of Blake, 465-476. See also Essick and Paley, “The Printing of Blake’s Designs for Blair’s Grave” The Book Collector, Winter 1975. (Item Id: 110444)

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