The Pastorals of Virgil. William. Thornton Blake, Robert John.
The Pastorals of Virgil...
The Pastorals of Virgil...
The Pastorals of Virgil...

The Pastorals of Virgil...

London: 1821. 2 vols., small octavo, xii (lacking vii/viii), 12, xxiv ( lacking i - iv), 214 pp; [I], [215]-592 pp. With an engraved frontispiece to each volume, and 230 illustrations including three maps (two folding), 17 woodcuts and 6 engraved plates by Blake, and four other designs by Blake engraved by others. Original sheep rebacked to style, in a quarter calf box (just starting to show wear at the corners). The first volume is very good internally though showing more age-toning and with just the occasional fox mark and offsetting from prints, the second volume is very good. Item #22

Overall a good copy beautifully rebacked of a scarce work in any condition as it was issued for use in schools. Blake contributed 17 woodcuts to this volume (as well as 10 other plates, of which he engraved six). Bentley, Blake Books, 504. Bindman 602-18. Easson and Essick I, X. “They are visions of little dells and nooks and corners of paradise, models of the exquisitest pitch of intense poetry... such a mystic and dreamy glimmer as penetrates the inmost soul” Samuel Palmer.

Price: $65,000.00

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