Jun 14, 2016 - Sale 2419

Sale 2419 - Lot 20

Price Realized: $ 1,062
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(BLAKE, WILLIAM.) Blair, Robert. The Grave, A Poem. Engraved portrait frontispiece of Blake by Louis Schiavonetti after Thomas Phillips; etched additional title and 11 plates by Schiavonetti after Blake. Large 4to, 355x290 mm; 13x11 1/2 inches rebound in 1/4 black morocco over marbled boards, spine with gilt-lettered red lettering piece and rules in remaining 5; scattered very light foxing but contents much cleaner and brighter than normally encountered, portrait a bit foxed on verso, last text leaf with 1-inch crease and tear to lower margin; matching custom patterned cloth-lined chemise with spine to mimic that of binding, cloth slipcase. London: Printed by T. Bensley for Ackermann, 1813 [i.e. Camden Hotten 1870]

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a beautifully rebound and bright third quarto edition of the great blake-illustrated grave. This edition notable for the folio format and the English captions: "My theory on that is that Camden Hotten, who produced the 1870 issues, not only got the copperplates from Ackermann (with the Spanish inscriptions for de Mora) but also some remainders of the impressions and letterpress and bound these up in a slightly different fashion. He removed the Spanish on the coppers and had an engraver restore the 1813 English inscriptions, then printed for both the portfolio and the 1870 issue of the text with the engravings."--(Essick) Bentley & Nurmi 350C. Keynes 81. Lande p. 40. Ray, The Illustrator and the Book in England from 1790 to 1914, 6A.