Aphorisms on Man: Translated from the Original Manuscript. Third edition.
London: J. Johnson, 1794. Small 8vo, viii, 224 pp, with the frontispiece designed by Fuseli and engraved by Blake in the second state. Frontispiece trimmed close to the fore-edge not touching the image, off-setting on verso. Old tree calf, very good. Third edition (first printed in 1788), second state of the plate. The frontispiece is after a drawing by Fuseli (see Essick, Blake and His Contemporaries
, 43 for the original drawing) and is a powerful image. The text notes End of Vol. I but no further volumes appeared as a fire destroyed Lavaters manuscript at the printer. The Huntington Library has Blakes own copy, extensively annotated throughout. Bentley, BB, 480. Essick and Easson 2, XXXII, 1c. Essick, William Blakes Commercial Book Illustrations, XVIII.
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