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A CATALOGUE RAISONNÉ OF BLAKE’S BOOK ILLUSTRATIONS
The American Blake Foundation is pleased to announce the pending publication of the first volume in its series of Blake reproductions (announced earlier this year in the Newsletter). Robert N. Essick and Roger R. Easson are editing a three volume work, A Catalogue Raisonné of William Blake’s Book Illustrations, collecting and reproducing Blake’s plates and giving a complete bibliographical description of the books in which they appear.
The first of the three volumes is expected to go to press in October and should be ready for sale in late November or early December. This first volume will contain 124 plates, 59 of which have never been reproduced. Included are all plates from Young’s Night Thoughts, Hayley’s Ballads 1802 and 1805, Thornton’s Virgil, Royal Universal Family Bible, Wedgwood’s Catalogue, Prologue . . . Of Chaucer’s Pilgrims. This volume is a collection of all the plates Blake both designed and engraved that were published as parts of books during his lifetime.
The two succeeding volumes will reproduce 257 plates, of which 165 have never been begin page 116 | reproduced since the original publication. These two volumes will contain both the plates that Blake himself designed and another engraved, and those that another designed and Blake engraved. The plates will be presented in chronological order with complete bibliographic entries.
The Foundation has decided to offer a special prepublication price of $7 for the first volume or $18 for the three volumes. Upon publication the volumes will be sold at $8 each or $24 for the three.
To receive the prepublication price of $18 for the three volumes or $7 for the first
volume, please send remittance to:
The American Blake Foundation
Department of English
Illinois State University
Normal, Illinois 61761
If invoicing is requested, please add $1 to the prepublication rate. European orders should add $1 for postage and handling.