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Songs of Innocence and Experience [TRIPLE-SIGNED CLAMSHELL BOX EDITION]

Witkin, Joel-Peter (photogr.); William Blake (poetry)

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ISBN 10: 1892733110 / ISBN 13: 9781892733115
Published by Steven Albahari, South Dennis, MA, 2004
Condition: vg Hardcover
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Number 154 of 915 Classic Series copies signed, numbered and boxed. Folio. 171, [2]pp. Original red silk with illustrated paste-down on cover and black lettering on spine. Book housed in its original cream cloth clamshell box. Red lettering on spine of box with black silk ribbon band on inside. Original signature of Witkin on clamshell, front endpaper, and colophon. Elaborate publication, combining the two texts and 22 of the classic images that appeared in the platinum versions. Accompanied by 40 never-before published images of the artist's work, all printed in a new 10 color, offset process on 100% cotton Arches paper. "The Songs of Innocence and of Experience are the most well-known works of William Blake, the greatest mystical writer in the English language.There was certainly no other artist in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries like William Blake, and there has been no other artist in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries like Joel-Peter Witkin, whose prophetic claims are similar to Blake's. "Christ is my Life," he has written. "I photograph the living and the dead. My work is a prayer. Photographing makes me the possessor of sanctified and secret wisdom. And for that, I will be judged, not by man - but by God." Both Blake and Witkin are unique to their own times, yet there is a similarity within their visions because sacred knowledge such as theirs can only come from an intimate dialogue with the boundless, non-corporeal part of the soul." (J. Wood). Most of the illustrations are staged tableaux, some are in photomontage. Witkin's techniques include scratching the negative, toning or bleaching the print, and using a hands-in-the-chemicals printing technique. Edited and with an introduction by John Wood. Publisher's card, announcing this and other works laid-in, as issued. Book in fine condition, as new. Visually striking images by the controversial photographer accompanied with poems by Blake. Numbered, limited first edition (Trade edition). Bookseller Inventory # 32225

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Title: Songs of Innocence and Experience [...

Publisher: Steven Albahari, South Dennis, MA

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:vg

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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A collectible book, signed by the author. Amazing gallery quality prints, mostly black and white of an author that is very known for his unique style. Staged photos, made dramatic, by using a variety of people including people of a variety of body deforms. Photos are met with poetry.

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