First edition. With 2 portraits of Blake by John Linnell,16 mounted color plates and 104 monotone plates. 4to, original vellum-backed grey paper boards with a blue cloth label gilt on the upper cover, gilt lettered spine, t.e.g., others untrimmed. ix, 29 pp., 122 plates. A fine copy with very little age evidence. FIRST EDITION AND A BRIGHT COPY OF BINYON'S IMPORTANT WORK, a record of Blake as a visual artist: "Nothing perhaps in his pictorial art quite matches the aerial radiance and felicity of his best songs. But nothing in his poetry has the sustained grandeur of the Job engravings, or of a whole series of splendidly imagined designs." Not only did Blake possess a sweeping poetic and visual imagination, but his technical range was also far beyond his contemporaries. "Were there no mystical ideas or original imagination to attract us to his work," as Binyon says, "we could still admire the artist who, in a time when the fashionable academicians hardly seemed to know of the existence of any art but that of painting in oils, engraved his own designs, painted in watercolours and in distemper, invented two methods of etching in relief, revived (doubtless without consciousness of any predecessor) the "monotype," engraved original woodcuts, and made at least one experiment in lithography." An imposing volume. Bookseller Inventory # 27448
Title: DRAWINGS & ENGRAVINGS OF WILLIAM BLAKE ...
Publisher: London Studio, Ltd 1922
Edition: 1st Edition
Book Description Published by the Studio, London, 1922. First edition. First edition. With104 plates many in colour and tipped in. 1 vols. 4to. In DUST JACKET. A sumptuous production. Quarter vellum spine and tan boards, t.e.g. Fine in cloth dust jacket With104 plates many in colour and tipped in. 1 vols. 4to. Bookseller Inventory # 41707