Privately Printed, 1950. William Blake. Limited edition. Hardcover. 347; 386pp. Quarto [27 cm] Red cloth covered boards with decorative gilt stamped titles on the spines and front covers, and gilt stamped designs on the spines and covers. Top edges gilt. Decorative endsheets. Good. The spines are very faded. There are several small splits in the cloth at the ends of the spines. There are also 5 small insect holes along the joints of the spines. The edges of the text block are foxed. The endsheets are heavily stained, and the hinges are a little weak. There is foxing on the pages at the beginning and end. The slipcase is in good condition only. Rubbed and worn. The underlying boards are exposed along the edges. There is a large cloth tape repair to the bottom edge and surrounding areas. The paper along the bottom edge is peeling away on the internal side. Item #27879
One of 1000 sets. William Blake was a nonconformist who who was involved with some of the main radical thinkers of his day, such as Thomas Paine and Mary Wollstonecraft. In defiance of 18th-century neoclassical conventions, he valued imagination over reason in the creation of both his poetry and images, illustrating that ideal forms should be constructed not from observations of nature but from inner visions.