Book of Los, The

The Trianon Press Facsimile of William Blake’s “Book of Los”

BLAKE, William. The Book of Los. [Clairvaux, Jura, France: Published by The Trianon Press for The William Blake Trust, London, 1976].

One of 480 numbered copies bound in quarter morocco (this copy being No. 277), out of a total edition of 538 copies. Quarto (11 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches; 293 x 238 mm.). [7], [1, colophon] pp. Five color collotype and hand-stenciled facsimile plates. “Commentary and Bibliographical History” by Geoffrey Keynes. Printed on Arches pure rag paper made to match the paper used by Blake.

Original quarter light brown morocco over marbled boards. Spine lettered in gilt. A bit of drying to the morocco, otherwise a fine copy. Housed in the original marbled board slipcase with light brown morocco tips.

Facsimile of the unique copy in the British Museum, London.

“The poem opens with a lamentation by ‘Eno aged Mother’ over the loss of Edenic pleasures through Urizenic error and the world it creates. The narrative then centers on Los’s anguished responses to that world, including his transformation of the void into matter and his binding of Urizen. The five plates of The Book of Los were etched in intaglio and printed in 1795” (http://www.blakearchive.org/exist/blake/archive/work.xq?workid=b-los&java=yes).

Bentley, Blake Books Supplement, p. 62. Item #00090

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