Item #951 The Grave. A Poem. Robert Blair, William Blake.
The Grave. A Poem.
The Grave. A Poem.
The Grave. A Poem.

The Grave. A Poem.

London: T. Bensley for R. H. Cromek, 1808. William Blake. First Edition. Hardcover. 1st edition, quarto, (xiv), 36, [4]. of Blake’s illustrations for Blair’s 1743 poem. Portrait frontispiece after Phillips, etched title page, 11 plates by Luigi Schiavonetti engraved after Blake's designs. One of about 590 copies published by subscription. Some foxing, particularly concentrated at the portrait and etched title page, else very good in 20th century ¾ calf and marbled boards. Very good. Item #951

In October 1805, Blake was commissioned by the publisher Cromek to prepare 40 drawings for the poem. Disagreements between Blake and Comek about the artistic direction led to hiring Schiavonetti for the engraving. Bentley, Blake Books, 435B. Bindman, Complete Graphic Works of Blake, 465-476. Keynes 81. Ray 6.

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