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Songs Of Innocence And Of Experience:

Shewing The Two Contradictory States Of The Human Soul

by William Blake

with a Bibliographical Statement by Geoffrey Keynes

Published by The Trianon Press / Faber & Faber for The William Blake Trust

Limited Facsimile Edition, 1955

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Summary:

A Facsimile Edition of William Blake's classic poem. Number 152 in a Limited Edition of 526 copies on "Arches" pure rag paper with each page watermarked with Blake's monogram.

An interesting (if minor) point of note is that the Trustees of the William Blake Trust at the time of publication included Anthony Blunt who's name appears at the top of the list of Trustees (in 1979 he was stripped of his knighthood after being exposed as a Russian spy). Internally Fine but only graded "Good+" due to external browning and board foxing.

Description:

Hardback, 8vo (approx 9 inches / 23 cm tall), facsimile brief handwritten note from the owner of the original Blake volume followed by 54 colour-illustrated pages and a three page Bibliographical Statement at the rear.

Book Condition - Good:

Light general wear to the original blue morocco leather boards and spine but significant spine browning and moderate to significant foxing to the front and rear boards, gilt spine lettering clear and bright.

Securely bound with hinges fully intact, no previous ownership inscriptions, all text block edges heavily gilt (still very bright), some very occasional small paper blemishes with light foxing to both the front and rear Title Pages but overall internally Very Good on light cream coloured paper in a very clean and clear condition.

Slip Case Condition - Good:

Moderate edge rubbing with some very small paper chips, light to moderate browning to the top and bottom edges but otherwise very clean and sturdy with seams intact.

Total weight with packaging 725g

Songs Of Innocence And Of Experience: Shewing The Two Contradictory States Of The Human Soul by William Blake with a Bibliographical Statement by Geoffrey Keynes. Trianon Press / Faber & Faber, Limited Facsimile Edition, 1955

Somer Books Limited, Midsomer Norton, Bath, England