New Reproduction of America
The Newsletter has just finished printing a new reproduction of Blake’s America, a Prophecy. We designed it chiefly for classroom use, as its features show. It is
America copy E, except for 2 plates from copy a* (proofs), plus the 4 cancelled plates, all from the Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection of the Library of Congress;
black and white, reproduced with good halftone screens, 150 lines to the inch, on 9″ × 12″ text paper;
approximately the size of the original;
printed one plate per page. There are 2 reproductions of each plate, one on one side of the page, one on the other. One reproduction is a “dropout” halftone made from a high-contrast photograph, the other is a standard halftone made from a medium-contrast photograph. Each kind of reproduction has its particular virtues, and we are experimenting to find out which is more satisfactory;
unbound, loose sheets in an envelope, so that students can study sequences of plates without turning pages back and forth;
very inexpensive, $2.50 per copy, so that, for example, you can supplement the Blake section of an anthology of Romantic poetry—or even the Blake section of a broader anthology in a survey course—with one of Blake’s works in illuminated printing, without having students spend too much money on books for the course.
Please understand that we are publishing the reproduction of America strictly as a service to teachers of Blake, with no intention of making a profit. We hope we can give you a good, cheap reproduction of America, good service, and personal attention to make up for the resources in personnel, money, and experience that commercial publishers have. We promise to do our best, but we hope you won’t expect more than we can deliver.
Send all orders to:
Morris Eaves, Editor
Department of English
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131