John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller offers an exceptional selection of rare books and manuscripts from medieval times through the twentieth century. We specialize in illustrated material, particularly the work of William Blake and his circle and children's books. Located in downtown San Francisco, we have served an international clientele of private collectors, libraries, and institutions for 40 years. 

49 Geary Street, Suite 233
San Francisco, CA 94108
Telephone: (415) 986-5826


Full Catalogue Available Here
Exhibition Dates: September 8th - December 22nd
 William Blake: Dreams & Visionsa selection of some of his most personal and adventurous works. This collection showcases Blake's fascination with a world unique to his own perception in which the boundaries between imagination and vision dissolve away. It includes one of Blake's "Visionary Heads," from a series of sketched portraits of historical figures who visited Blake in spirit form as he sat by his London fireside, along with other works created from a place somewhere between dream and vision. 

Exhibition HoursTuesday - Saturday, 11 am - 5 pm  //  (415) 986-5826 //

DIVINE MADNESS: The Visions of Albion,
a tribute to William Blake

by Graham Treacher

presented by John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller 
and The William Blake Gallery
at The Book Club of California,
312 Sutter Street, 5th floor, San Francisco
Thursday, January 11, 2018

Please join us for a screening of the new multi-media work Divine Madness: The Visions of William Blake, first performed at King’s Place in the heart of Blake’s London in November 2016. Scored for Tenor solo (Charles Daniels), actor (Oliver Ford Davies) and six viols (Fretwork) with a background visual score by Robert Golden, the work tackles the complexities of Jerusalem using texts from Milton to make sense of Blake’s final and intriguing poem. It culminates in a new setting of "And did those Feet in Ancient Time".

This unique event was critically acclaimed in the UK and will be presented in its entirety for one night only at the Book Club of California through professional video recordings. 

In Divine Madness, Graham Treacher, a Blake devotee since childhood, explores his profound relationship to Blake’s poetry and visual art through his striking musical compositions, as well as those of John Milton Sr, and influential Tudor era composer Orlando Gibbons. These movements alternate with excerpts from Blake’s penultimate poem Milton, as well as his masterpiece Jerusalem, and serve to elucidate Blake’s obscure mythology. Anyone who has pondered the mysteries of Blake’s great Giant Albion, his visions and his prophecy of the ‘Great Harvest’, will enjoy seeing his story unfold.

Refreshments from 5:00 to 6:00 pm.
Performance from 6:00 to 7:00pm.
Donation optional.
As space is limited, please RSVP to us at 986-5826.