London: Bernard Quaritch, 15 Piccadilly, 1893.
First Edition, limited to 500 copies. There was a large paper edition (One of 150) bound in leather but the regular edition, as here, is more desirable on account of the lavish gilt publisher’s binding. xiv, 420; viii, 436; x, 100, 2, approx 312 (reproductions from the illuminated books), 176pp, 3 portraits, 2 folding charts. 3 vols. Royal 8vo. Superb Set of the Yeats & Ellis Edition of Blake. Original grass green cloth, heavily stamped in gilt, t.e.g. A VERY FINE COPY. Bentley 369; Wade, Yeats Bibliography, 218. Item #313959
Bentley 369: “The enthusiasm and comprehensiveness of this work are of considerable historical importance...”
Wade, Yeats Bibliography, 218, quoting a letter from Yeats: “The writing of this book is mainly Ellis’s, the thinking is as much mine as his. The biography is by him. He re-wrote and trebled in size a biography of mine. The greater part of the ‘symbolic system’ is my writing; the rest of the book was written by Ellis working over short accounts of the books by me, except in the case of the ‘literary period’ the account of the minor poems, & the account of Blake’s art theories which are all his own except in so far as we discussed everything together.”.
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