BLAKE, William. Milton A Poem.

Clairvaux, Trianon Press for the William Blake Trust, London, 1967.


4to. (277 x 218 mm). Original quarter brown morocco over marbled paper-covered boards, t.e.g., marbled paper-covered card slipcase; ff. [59], including 50 coloured facsimile plates printed by collotype in two colours and hand-coloured by the pochoir method and 1 monochrome plate reproducing the original preface; the spine of the volume evenly sunned, otherwise a very good copy.

Edition limited to a total of 426 copies. This copy one of 380, numbered 273.

Blake's penultimate illuminated book, the last being Jerusalem. The present facsimile was reproduced from the Rosenwald copy held at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., being the most complete of the four extant copies. In the commentary Geoffrey Keynes describes the main theme of the poem as 'an account of how Milton, realizing the errors he had committed during life, descended to Earth and entered into Blake. Communing intimately with Blake's mind, Milton achieves self-annihilation, so becoming the perfect man and saviour of the world.' Keynes further notes that 'The epic as a whole contains many passages of exceptional beauty and provides numerous clues useful for the elucidation of Blake's symbolism and philosophy.'