Clairvaux: Trianon Press, 1978. Facsimile. half morocco. Oblong folio, original half brown morocco folding case, lettered in gilt. Contains A second folding linen case and oblong folio book. The interior folding case contains, each in its own paper portfolio, The Reimpression from the Original Copperplate (1 plate), the Complete Set of Finished Prints (7 prints plus an additional 5 printed leaves), The Complete Set of Cancelled Prints (6 plates) and the Printsbefore the Application of the Printmark (3 plates). The book is three quarter morocco over linen boards (lightly foxed), 7 plates, 6pp of Commentary by Geoffrey Keynes, colophon, Publisher's Note, 5pp (Early States and related drawings and water colours). Very light marks on the folding case, the interior case and the exterior of the book. Minor marks (from handling) to the edges of the leaf that the re-strike is printed on. Slight rubbing to the leather on the slipcase. Otherwise a Fine copy. Very good. Item #34
The edition consists of 440 copies printed on Lana Rag paper, this copy being no.17 of the top edition of 18 (numbered I-XVIII) which include a recent restrike of one of the original copperplates, Plate 6: “Circle of the Falsifiers, Dante and Virgil covering their noses” signed and dated by Lessing Rosenwald, and an additional set of the facsimile engravings as well as material showing the stages of the making of the facsimile. A further 20 copies numbered 19-38 were likewise bound in half moroccow with the extra material except the re-strike from the original plate. 376 copies with the extra copies were made and 26 lettered copies were reserved for the Trustees of the Blake Trust and the Publishers. The first accurate reproduction of Blake’s seven engravings for the Divine Comedy, first issued in 1838. This new edition has an introduction and commentary by Geoffrey Keynes; three facsimiles of early states, and monochrome reproductions of Blake’s watercolour designs for the plates, and the seven plates in superb facsimile. Bentley, Blake Books Supplement, 208.