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BLAKE, William.
Songs of Experience.
Edmonton: William Muir, 1885. One of around 50 copies. 27 facsimile leaves, all hand coloured, plus the facsimile hand coloured title page for this and the Songs of Innocence at the end. In addition there is the preface by Muir dated 1885. 4to., contemporary full calf, gilt lettering on spine, marbled endpapers and gilt inner dentelles. Some rubbing and marking and with repair to the upper joint, otherwise a very good, clean copy. The earliest Muir facsimile of the Songs of Experience which was copied from the Beckford copy from Hamilton Palace Library and was in the possession of Bernard Quaritch at the time Muir accomplished this work. With the booklabel and ownership inscription dated September 1925 of Charles Ballantyne, probably the Canadian politician. Bentley 249d.
Bookseller: Sophie Schneideman Rare Books [United Kingdom]

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