America - A Prophecy. William Blake.

America - A Prophecy

Clairvaux: Trianon Press, 1963. Facsimile. Folio, 18 colour facsimile leaves and 5 pp of commentary by Sir Geoffrey Keynes. Near fine in quarter blue morocco over blue marbled boards in slipcase. The slipcase is slightly worn with a very slight sun-faded strip down one side. Item #26

Limited to 480 copies, this is number 400. There were also 20 copies showing progressive stages in the stencil work and 26 copies lettered and reserved for Paul Mellon and members of the Blake Trust. Bentley, BB, A9. “America was the first of Blake’s books to name a place [Lambeth] in the imprint... which was an act of defiant courage... for the first time he designated one of his books as “a prophecy”... he concentrated particularly on the dramatic events in Boston... Blake continued his tale in Europe and then to make the cycle of continents complete he wrote “Africa” and “Asia” giving a general title of all four: The Song of Los.” (Damon, Blake Dictionary). In America, "the champions are Washington, Paine, Franklin; scribe , builder, mariner...Their strength is in their united rising and in the force of the human fire that inspires them." (Erdman, Blake. Prophet Against Empire, p.26).

Price: $650.00

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