[BLAKE]. BINYON, Laurence (Introduction by). The Drawings And Engravings Of William Blake. London; Offices of "The Studio", 44 Leicester Sq. 1922.
4to. Original ivory parchment-backed grey boards with 4 raised bands, sharply lettered in gilt in compartments, top edges gilt, others untrimmed; upper cover panelled in gilt with onlaid purple cloth label lettered in gilt, preserved in the original glassine dustwrapper, grey presentation card box with repeat purple label lettered gilt to lid, and the publisher's mailing box; pp. [iv], v-ix + 29 (on laid paper) + circa 100 plates with captioned tissues, including 16 in colours mounted-at-large on Japanese vellum; a fine and exceptional copy in virtually as new condition in a similarly fine, and smart, box.
First edition. A handsome and seminal work offering "in fuller form than ever before" a means of evaluating Blake's work as a draughtsman, painter and engraver. Most of the plates are drawn from private collections and were previously unpublished. The foremost contemporary authority on Blake, Laurence Binyon, contributes a 29-page Introduction. Loosely laid in is the original 4-page illustrated order form for this publication from "The Studio", together with the 6-page publisher's prospectus for "Blake's Paintings and Drawings" by Darrell Figgis (Ernest Benn, 1925) which includes a tissue-guarded trial plate in full colours; a 4-page publisher's illustrated prospectus in sepia for "The Followers of William Blake, Edward Calvert, Samuel Palmer, George Richmond & Their Circle" by Laurence Binyon, published by Halton & Truscott Smith Ltd,; another contemporary advertising flyer; newspaper articles on Blake from 1925, and 2 copies of The Cambridge Bulletin, from October 1923 and February 1924.