THE LIFE OF WILLIAM BLAKE WITH SELECTIONS FROM HIS POEMS AND OTHER WRITINGS.

London: Macmillan and Co., 1880. Two volumes. Large, thick octavos. Original navy blue cloth, elaborately stamped in gilt after a pictorial design by Rossetti. Portraits, plates and illustrations. Two bookplates in each volume, otherwise a fine, bright, partially unopened set, in the rare pictorial dust wrappers, that for volume one split up the upper joint, with small chips at toe and crown of upper joint and another about half- way up the joint (not affecting design), and that for volume two with a shallow loss along the lower edge of the front panel, and a small chip from the blank area of the toe of the upper joint. Preserved in a fleece lined folding cloth slipcase. Item #WRCLIT82179

Second and best edition, enlarged with additional letters and a memoir of the author. The earlier of the bookplates are tipped to each free endsheet; the later bookplates are those of the Garden Library, affixed to each pastedown. One of the great late 19th century pictorial bindings, very seldom encountered in the pictorial dust jackets which replicate the binding design.

Price: $3,500.00