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Complaint, and The Consolation; or, Night Thoughts
One of the Finest Eighteenth-Century Engraved Books[BLAKE, William, illustrator]. YOUNG, Edward. The Complaint, and the Consolation; or, Night Thoughts. London: Printed by R. Noble, for R. Edwards, 1797.First edition. Folio (16 7/16 x 12 1/2 inches; 416 x 316 mm). viii, [2], 95, [1, blank] pp. With forty-three copperplate engravings by William Blake surrounding the letterpress text. Leaves are very large and barely trimmed. With the ìExplanation of the Engravingsî supplied in facsimile laid in at the back. This leaf is often lacking. With tissue guards between nearly every leaf.Beautifully bound in full straight-grained blue morocco circa 1850 by M.M. Holloway. Boards tooled in gilt. Spine lettered and tooled in gilt. Gilt dentelles. Marbled endpapers. All edges gilt. With very wide lower margins, usually including the engraver's name. Previous owner's armorial bookplate on front pastedown. Occasional minor offsetting or light foxing to leaves. An very nice copy. Housed in a custom cloth slipcase.Edward Youngís immensely popular Night Thoughts first appeared in 1742-1745. He eventually extended the poem to nine ìNights,î though only the first four were illustrated by Blake for this edition. For this, his most ambitious and spectacular work to date, Blake spent two years creating over five hundred drawings, of which only forty-three were ever engraved. Baffled by the novelty of Blakeís illustrations, the public did not receive the edition favorably. Nevertheless, the plates are ìsplendid examples of plain line engraving done by an artist whose creative energy sought to burst throughî (Keynes, William Blake's Engravings, p. 12).Bentley 515. Ray, The Illustrator and the Book in England, 3. Russell 17.HBS 67720.$15,000
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