BLAKE, William. Blake Trust: William Blake's Watercolour Inventions in Illustration of The Grave by Robert Blair.

William Blake Trust, 2009.


Folio (37.3 × 27 cm). Bound in gilt-lettered quarter deep scarlet calf over black moiré silk covered boards, deep scarlet leather label blocked in gilt to the centre of the upper board; 96pp., illustrated throughout with colour and b/w reproductions of Blake's drawings and watercolours.

Contents: Morton D. Paley, William Blake and Robert Blair’s ‘The Grave’. Martin Butlin, The History of Blake’s Illustrations to ‘The Grave’ and The Newly Discovered Water-colours. Blake’s twenty watercolour designs, with a Catalogue and illustrated Commentaries by Martin Butlin. Robert Blair’s The Grave, from Cromek’s edition of 1808. Schiavonetti’s engravings of twelve of Blake’s designs, from the 1808 edition. Blake’s rejected engraving of ‘Death’s Door’. Printed throughout in black and white and colour on 200 gsm archival, acid-free paper.

With A portfolio (35.0 × 28.0 × 2.8 cm) bound in maroon calf, with tongue-and-strap closure blocked in gold, flap blind-embossed with double rule border, lined in red; all in close replication of the portfolio made sometime after 1822 to contain: 19 (of 20) watercolour inventions by Blake in illustration of Blair’s The Grave, mounted on thick beige paper within ruled and tinted borders and trimmed to 33.3 × 26.7 cm; here reproduced in facsimile.

One of 36 copies (numbered I-XXXVI), of the portfolio, plates and book contained within a cloth-covered double slipcase. This copy numbered XX.