Water-Colour Designs For The Poems Of Thomas Gray. A Facsimile with Introduction and Commentary by Sir Geoffrey Keynes

Clairvaux: Trianon Press, 1972. 3 volumes, folio, with 116 colour facsimile leaves reproduced by collotype and hand-stencil colour, the text of the poems reproduced from copperplate with 3 additional printings to reproduce Blake’s pencilings and the tone of the paper. Marbled boards, morocco spines, slipcases, a fine set as issued. Volume one: 43 colour plates; volume two: 61 colour plates; volume three: 12 colour plates, xvii (index), 28pp (Commentary by Geoffrey Keynes, 2pp (blank) 1p (colophon). Fine. Item #35

This is no 208 of 351 copies numbered 37- 388; a further 100 copies (389-489) were reserved for Paul Mellon. Deluxe copies numbered 1-36 were issued unbound in portfolio with extra material, 18 copies were hors commerce (contents unrecorded), and 352 copies either bound in 3 volumes in slipcases, or as a single set of the loose sheets in a box.

An exceptionally beautiful Trianon Press reproduction. Working from the originals in Paul Mellon’s collection each leaf was faithfully hand-coloured through stencils to achieve an exact likeness. Bentley, Blake Books, 385.

Price: $3,500.00

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