The Grave. A Poem. William. Blair Blake, Robert.

The Grave. A Poem.

London: Bensley for Cromek, 1808. William Blake. First Folio. Three quarter morocco. Folio, xiv, 36, (4) pp. marbled endpapers, a.e.g., with an etched portrait frontispiece after Phillips printed on India paper and an etched title-page (both moderately foxed), typographical title page, dedication to the Queen, List of Subscribers, the poem and 11 plates engraved by Louis Schiavonetti after Blake’s designs. Some agetoning to edges of the margins and occasioanl fox mark. Old half brown morocco, cloth boards, spine and upper cover titled in gilt. Some scuffing and wear to the corners and joints. Very good. Item #3

First folio edition, with the famous portrait of Blake printed on India paper. Slight foxing to the portrait and title-page, the last plate and pp 34-36, and a 2mm tear to the outer margin of p.21. Otherwise a remarkably good and well-margined copy with the first state of all nine plates. Bentley, Blake Books, 435A. Bindman, Complete Graphic Works of Blake, 465-476.

Price: $10,500.00

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