London: Bensley for Ackermann, 1813 [i.e. 1870]. William Blake. Quarto, (2), liv, 42 pp. With a portrait frontispiece, etched titlepage, typographical title page, dedication to the Queen, list of subscribers, biographical sketch of Blair, the poem and 11 plates with tissue guards. Gilt-stamped and blind-stamped and lettered cloth. Top edge slightly dust-toned and minor loss of cloth to the top edge of the boards. Barely perceptible water stain to the foot of the portrait frontispiece. Previous owner's name in ink on the typographical title page (Gilbert Coleridge, 1882). Slight off-setting to the tissue guards, very clean throughout except for one small mark at p.xxxv. Fine. Item #1
This is the third quarto edition, printed from the same plates as the 1813 edition but actually issued by or for John Camden Hotten in 1870. Of this version Essick wrote: “I've also seen the true 1813 text and plates in a very similar cloth binding with just a few differences in the blind stamping but very much the same style and period. My theory on that is that Camden Hotten, who produced the 1870 issues, not only got the copperplates from Ackermann (with the Spanish inscriptions for de Mora) but also some remainders of the impressions and letterpress and bound these up in a slightly different (just the blind stamping and perhaps the cloth colour or weave) fashion. He removed the Spanish on the coppers and had an engraver restore the 1813 English inscriptions, then printed for both the portfolio and the 1870 issue of the text with the engravings... Bentley lists the 1870 issue in Blake Books, but I don't believe he lists the portfolio issue of the plates only. I have a vague recollection, however, that he did note it in one of his later checklists of publications in the Blake Quarterly.” Bentley, Blake Books, 435E.