GILCHRIST, Alexander. Life of William Blake. With Selections from his Poems and Other Writings. A New and Enlarged Edition illustrated from Blake’s own Works. With additional Letters and a Memoir of the Author. London: Macmillan, 1880.
8vo. Two vols. Original green-blue cloth with elaborate gilt-stamped designs to the upper boards and spines; upper edge trimmed, else uncut; xvii, 431; ix, 383 pp., with a portrait frontispiece in each volume and numerous illustrations; some rubbing to spines and corners where there is minor loss to the cloth; half titles browned and some sporadic foxing; slightly weakened hinges expertly repaired; upper edge a trifle dusty; overall still a very good copy, with binder's ticket "Bound by Burn & Co" to rear paste down of vol.1.
Second and best edition, including two black greetings cards of "The Tyger" and "Infant Joy" prints by the Trianon Press, as well as an article from the Guardian, 29/05/04, 'Saving Blake' tipped in.
Completed by Gilchrist's wife, Anne, after his death in 1861 and first published in 1863, this work made a considerable contribution to the awakening of interest in Blake's work in the late 19th century. Of special interest are the original prints - three from the Virgil woodblocks (in this edition printed on India paper and preferable to the prints in the first edition of Gilchrist) and 17 from electrotypes made from the original copperplates of the Songs of Innocence and of Experience. Gilchrist was Blake's first full-scale biographer; the work was unfinished when he died and largely completed by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, who wrote the final chapter from Gilchrist's notes, with the help from his brother William Michael, and also Swinburne, whose own book on Blake was the result of his researches when reviewing Gilchrist's book.
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