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Blake, William. Darwin, Erasmus.
The Botanic Garden. [with] The Botanic Garden. Part II… The Third Edition.
2 vols. London: Johnson, 1791. 2 vols. in one, 4to, xii, 214; 126, (2); (4), ix, 197pp. With a frontispiece to each part, and 18 plates. Original boards, paper backstrips (mostly lost but a fragment of the printed label present on vol. 1); completely untrimmed as issued, with the adverts, directions to the binderand an extra printed slip in vol. 1 of directions to the binder for both vols. First four leaves and gathering Bb rather foxed (paper flaws), “Portland vase” prints offset onto facing pages, otherwise a very clean and fresh copy very rarely found thus. First edition of vol. 1 and third edition of vol. 2. With 5 plates engraved by Blake, the best known being the Fertilization of Egypt after Fuseli in vol. 1 at p. 127. It was not until the 1795 edition that the second Fuseli/Blake plate “Tornado” was published. At page 87 appears the enigmatic circular image of an African in chains titled ‘Am I not a man and a brother’. Bentley 450B. Essick, William Blake’s Commercial Book Illustrations, XXI.
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