William Blake; A Critical Essay. With Illustrations from Blake’s Designs in Facsimile, Coloured and Plain. A. C. SWINBURNE, Algernon Charles.

William Blake; A Critical Essay. With Illustrations from Blake’s Designs in Facsimile, Coloured and Plain

London: John Camden Hotten, 1868. Second Edition. Hardcover octavo (23 x 14.5cm, pp. iv, [4], 304, [16 pages of advertising] + a hand-coloured frontispiece, hand-coloured title, and seven plates five of which are hand-coloured; blue cloth covered boards with lettering and bands on the spine in gilt, double borders on the front cover in gilt, double blind borders on the back cover; grey endpapers; previously belonged to J.J. Garth Wilkinson, inscribed by him on the recto of the ffep.

Head and tail of spine gently bruised and abraded; spine is a little age toned with bubbling; hinges gently rubbed, front hinge starting; corners a touch abraded, bottom corner of rear board gently bruised; boards are very lightly marked and scuffed with occasional faint bubbling, faint 30mm and 20mm lines in the top corner of the front board, bottom margin and edge are a touch scuffed and the outer gilt margin is a little dull at the bottom, overall mostly bright; edges of text block a little dust toned, especially along the top edge; light foxing to fore edge; previous bookseller’s stamp (W.H. Smith & Son 185 Strand London) on recto of ffep; light spotting throughout, particularly along the edges of the outer margins, and slightly heavier on pages near plates and on the bottom third of pp. 189-195; plates have caused light toning to facing pages; pencil lines (some 10mm, others the length of the page) indicating paragraphs of interest on pp. 24, 57, 73, 95-98, 107, 113-117, 120-123, 125, 127-128, 136, 140, 141, 146, 147, 149, 169, 171, 181, 187, 189, 190, 194, 198, 200-209, 228, 254; gently cockled with occasional light creasing throughout; overall pages appear mostly bright. Item #1029

Second edition of the first book of criticism on Blake. Bentley, Blake Books, 2795B This copy of William Blake: A Critical Essay belonged to J.J. Garth Wilkinson (1812-1899), a Homeopathic doctor and social reformer known for his work related to Emanuel Swedenborg and Swedenborgian theology. He is noted for his interest in William Blake, having studied Songs of Experience.

Price: $350.00

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