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William Blake : the complete illuminated books / William Blake; David Bindman; William Blake Trust.

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REF.PM.2532
480 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 30 cm
2008
2000
William Blake
David Bindman
London, New York City
Illumination of books and manuscripts, English
From the Publisher: In his Illuminated Books, William Blake combined text and imagery on a single page in a way that had not been done since the Middle Ages. For Blake, religion and politics, intellect and emotion, mind and body were both unified and in conflict with each other: his work is expressive of his personal mythology, and his methods of conveying it were integral to its meaning. There is no comparison with reading books such as Jerusalem, America, and Songs of Innocence and of Experience in Blake's own medium, infused with his sublime and exhilarating colors. Tiny figures and forms dance among the lines of the text, flames appear to burn up the page, and dense passages of Biblical-sounding text are brought to a jarring halt by startling images of death, destruction, and liberation. Blake's hope that his books would obtain wide circulation was unfulfilled: some exist only in unique copies and none was printed in more than very small numbers. Now, for the first time, the plates from the William Blake Trust's Collected Edition have been brought together in a single volume, with transcripts of the texts and an introduction by the noted scholar David Bindman. Contents: Foreword -- Introduction / David Bindman -- Looking further into Blake -- Chronology of Blake and his times -- Illuminated Books -- All religions are one -- There is no natural religion (c 1794) -- There is no natural religion (c 1795) -- Songs of innocence and of experience -- Book of Thel -- Marriage of heaven and hell -- Gates of paradise -- Visions of the daughters of Albion -- America a prophecy -- Europe a prophecy -- Song of Los -- First book of Urizen -- Book of Ahania -- Book of Los -- Milton a poem -- Jerusalem the emanation of the giant Albion -- Ghost of Abel -- On Homers poetry [and] on Virgil -- Laocoon -- Transcripts Of Blake's Texts -- Songs of innocence and of experience -- Book of Thel -- Marriage of heaven and hell -- Gates of paradise -- Visions of the daughters of Albion -- America a prophecy -- Europe a prophecy -- Song of Los -- First book of Urizen -- Book of Ahania -- Book of Los -- Milton a poem -- Jerusalem the emanation of the giant Albion -- Ghost of Abel -- On Homers poetry [and] on Virgil -- Laocoon.