BLAKE (WILLIAM) Illustrations of The Book of Job, ONE OF 215 "PROOF COPIES", William Blake, 8 March 1825 [but 1826]

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Lot 179
BLAKE (WILLIAM)
Illustrations of The Book of Job, ONE OF 215 "PROOF COPIES", William Blake, 8 March 1825 [but 1826]

£ 20,000 - 30,000US$ 25,000 - 38,000
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BLAKE (WILLIAM)
Illustrations of The Book of Job, ONE OF 215 "PROOF COPIES", engraved title and 21 engraved plates on wove paper watermarked "J. Whatman Turkey Mill 1825", each marked "Proof", tissue guards, spotting (occasionally quite heavy), 2-page manuscript note headed "The fulness of Jesus" tipped onto front free endpaper, publisher's grey boards, printed title label on upper cover (noting price "£5.5.0", and publication date of March 1826), preserved in cloth solander box gilt lettered on spine [Bentley 421A; Keynes 55], folio (430 x 335mm.), William Blake, 8 March 1825 [but 1826]

Footnotes

  • EXCEPTIONALLY LARGE COPY IN ORIGINAL BOARDS - ONE OF 215 "PROOF COPIES". Of those 215 copies, 150 sets including the present copy are on India paper watermarked "J. Whatman Turkey Mill 1825".

    "The story which Blake called 'Job's Captivity' fascinated him all his life. He alluded to it throughout his drawings and writings, made a large separate print of Job in 1793, and then a series of twenty-one designs... for his faithful patron, Thomas Butts, about 1810" (Bentley). Some ten years later Blake's friend, and fellow artist, John Linnell instigated the publication of this edition as a means of helping the aging Blake financially, the commission providing him "an income of about £1 a week from 1823 through 1825" (ODNB). Although the plates are dated March 1825, they were not actually printed until March 1826.
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BLAKE (WILLIAM) Illustrations of The Book of Job, ONE OF 215 "PROOF COPIES", William Blake, 8 March 1825 [but 1826]
BLAKE (WILLIAM) Illustrations of The Book of Job, ONE OF 215 "PROOF COPIES", William Blake, 8 March 1825 [but 1826]
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