London: John Camden Hotten, 1868. Second Edition. Hardcover octavo (23 x 14.5cm, pp. iv, , 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.