2. A PROJECTED NEW EDITION OF THE GILCHRIST-TODD LIFE OF BLAKE
Mr. Ruthven Todd writes that he is planning to revise and augment his edition of Gilchrist’s Life, originally published by Everyman’s Library in 1942. The extensive notes to this edition are, even after 25 years, invaluable, and now Mr. Todd proposes to bring them up-to-date. He writes:
What I would like to do is produce, at first, a hard cover edition which could then be reproduced for cheaper sale. I have also come to an agreement with J.M. Dent so that I can buy the electrotypes of the Virgil woodcuts which, by a private wangle between myself and the Linnell family, were made directly from the blocks in the BM, so that they are not reproductions, but as near to the originals as one can get. Then, too, only Keynes and myself have the right to ask for electrotypes of the Songs which I rediscovered and which are in the BM. I think that these, printed on decent paper, should almost in themselves attract a hard-cover public.Mr. Todd’s address is: Ca’n Bielo, Galilea, Mallorca, Spain.
I quite realize that I, unaided, cannot hope to make the book as good as it should be, but I am quite sure that there must be many scholars who have thought of extra notes and corrections, and who, in return for being given full credit, would be willing to help me produce a book which would not again need revising for many years. I would welcome all notes, corrections, and so on, and in every case the donor would receive full credit for his/ her help. I would like, for instance, not only to acknowledge all corrections, but also, in the case of new notes, to sign them by the names of the contributors.