Life of William Blake, "Pictor Ignotus." Vols. I & II


Life of William Blake, "Pictor Ignotus." Vols. I & II

GILCHRIST, Alexander

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Title continues: "With Selections From His Poems and Other Writings. Vols I & II. Illustrated from Blake's Own Works, in Facsimile by W. J. Linton, and in Photolithography; With a Few of Blake's Original Plates." Volume I contains the first major biography of Blake while volume II includes examples of Blake's writing and engravings. Substantial contributions to the text by Dante Gabriel and Michael William Rossetti after Gilchrist died in 1861. Facsimiles by William James Linton, wood-engraver, artist, and writer. A cornerstone of any Blake collection.

Publication Info

  • Publisher: Macmillan and Co
  • Edition: n/a
  • Date Published: 1863
  • Place Published: London and Cambridge
  • ISBN: n/a


  • Condition: Very good
  • Signed: No
  • Dust Jacket: No
  • Jacket Condition: n/a
  • Details:
    2 vols.: xiv, [2], 389; 268 p. + plates. 23 cm. Vol. I has engraved frontipsiece portrait of Blake after John Linnell, 11 other full-page plates and 59 in-text illustrations and decorations. Vol. II has fold-out frontispiece, 21 photolithographs of the Book of Job illustrations, 16 plates printed from the electrotypes of the copper plates of the Songs of Innocence and Experience, 7 other illustrations or decorations. Half leather with marbled paper boards. Respined with original spines laid on. Corners and bottom edges worn. Some rubbing to boards. Hinges repaired internally. Small label on front pastedown and ink notation on front free endpaper. Repair to edge of p. 1 in vol. I. Foxing mainly to first and last pages.

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