In his 'illuminated' books, William Blake combined his handwritten text with his exuberant imagery on pages the like of which had not been seen since the great decorated books of the Middle Ages. To have Blake's great prophetic poems - Jerusalem and Songs of Innocence and of Experience, for example - in cold letterpress bears no comparison to seeing and reading them in Blake's own medium, with his sublime and exhilarating colours.
This edition, produced together with The William Blake Trust, contains all the pages of Blake's twenty or so illuminated books reproduced in true size, an appendix with all Blake's text set in type and an introduction by the noted Blake scholar, David Bindman.
Thames & Hudson
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01 March 2001
Professional and scholarly
Jerusalem; songs of innocence and experience; all religions are one; there is no natural religion; the book of Thel; the marriage of heaven and hell; visions of the daughters of Albion; America a prophecy; Europe a prophecy; song of Los; Milton a poem; the ghost of Abel; on Homer's poetry and on Virgil; Laocoon; the first book of Urien; the book of Ahania; the book of Los.
David Bindman is a noted Blake scholar.
Reviews for William Blake: The Complete Illuminated Books
Blake was not just a poet; nor was he just a book publisher. He was also an artist who developed a unique method of etching in relief so that text and illustration could be mixed on the page. Each book of his poetry was unique, illustrated with his brilliantly distinctive pictures, varying slightly in colour, page order, and sometimes even text. The processes were laborious but the results magical, and in this collection of the complete texts, the reproductions do real justice to the beauty of the original pages. For any Blake fans, at last this is an affordable way to own high-quality reproductions of his beautiful illustrations, and to see his poems in the contexts he placed them. (Kirkus UK)