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William Blake's Illustrations for Dante's Divine Comedy 1968 Folio 1/1000 Copies
New York: Da Capo Press, 1968 [1922]. Small Folio, original dark grey burlap portfolio lettered in black, housing 120 loose plates comprising 109 illustrations in monochrome. First thus edition of Blake's series of illustrations for Dante's Divine Comedy. This series of illustrations was Blake's largest undertaking, completed alongside his illustrations for the Book of Job, and was the last of his legacy, commissioned by the painter John Linnell. The majority of the plates were completed just before Blake's death in 1827, though many remained in unfinished form. The originals were subsequently purchased from Linnell's estate by the National Art Collections fund in 1918, which issued facsimiles of the originals to subscribers in 1922 in an edition of 250. The plates here are facsimiles of the drawings from the 1922 edition, printed by the Meriden Gravure Company, reproduced in the same size as the originals. Included in this edition are the seven original engravings which Blake completed that were not included in the 1922 edition. This edition represents only the second edition of one of Blake's masterworks, limited here to 1100 copies, 1000 of which were for sale to the public, and 100 of which were for private distribution. This copy has been marked 'Not For Sale'. Light flaking to black lettering on front board and spine of portfolio, some fading to card overlays but binding solid and clean. Lower right hand corner of entire plate block very gently bumped, crimping to the outermost top corner of many plates, but overall plates are sharp and bright. A nice example overall … [Click Below for Full Description]
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