The Illuminated Books of William Blake, Volume 1: Jerusalem: The Emanation of the Giant Albion

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Overview

The nature of William Blake's genius and of his art is most completely expressed in his Illuminated books. In order to give full and free expression to his vision Blake invented a method of printing that enabled him to create works in which words and images combine to form pages uniquely rich in content and beautiful in form. It is only through the pages as originally conceived and published by the poet himself that Blake's meaning can be fully experienced.

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Editorial Reviews

Times Literary Supplement
Of the four complete copies of Jerusalem printed by Blake himself, only one is fully coloured and, in Blake's chosen word, 'finished'. . . . This is the copy reproduced here, and transcendently splendid work it is, too.
— Grevel Lindop
The Los Angeles Times Book Review
Jerusalem represents a publishing event. Because it was finished at the very end of his life, Blake colored only one copy; this is the first time a full-color reproduction is available to the general public.... Elaborate notes and commentary distinguish [the] volume, and the color printing is exceptional.
— Lewis Segal
The Washington Times
A triumph. The exquisite images and a lucid text of each volume endow not just Blake's work, but the relationships between work and image with crystalline clarity.... To read, to study, or simply to admire, these books are invaluable.
— Eric Gibson
Blake: An Illustrated Quarterly
The publication of this book is a scholarly event of great importance, for. . . the quality of this publication itself, and the matchless importance of the work. . . . [T]his remarkably good reproduction makes possible for the first time a widespread recognition of the distinctiveness of this work. . . . [Readers] now and in subsequent generations can open eyes into worlds of vision that had previously been closed to all but a few. . . .
— Terence Allan Hoagwood
Blake: An Illustrated Quarterly

The publication of this book is a scholarly event of great importance, for. . . the quality of this publication itself, and the matchless importance of the work. . . . [T]his remarkably good reproduction makes possible for the first time a widespread recognition of the distinctiveness of this work. . . . [Readers] now and in subsequent generations can open eyes into worlds of vision that had previously been closed to all but a few. . . .
— Terence Allan Hoagwood
The Los Angeles Times Book Review - Lewis Segal
Jerusalem represents a publishing event. Because it was finished at the very end of his life, Blake colored only one copy; this is the first time a full-color reproduction is available to the general public.... Elaborate notes and commentary distinguish [the] volume, and the color printing is exceptional.
The Washington Times - Eric Gibson
A triumph. The exquisite images and a lucid text of each volume endow not just Blake's work, but the relationships between work and image with crystalline clarity.... To read, to study, or simply to admire, these books are invaluable.
Blake: An Illustrated Quarterly - Terence Allan Hoagwood
The publication of this book is a scholarly event of great importance, for. . . the quality of this publication itself, and the matchless importance of the work. . . . [T]his remarkably good reproduction makes possible for the first time a widespread recognition of the distinctiveness of this work. . . . [Readers] now and in subsequent generations can open eyes into worlds of vision that had previously been closed to all but a few. . . .
Times Literary Supplement - Grevel Lindop
Of the four complete copies of Jerusalem printed by Blake himself, only one is fully coloured and, in Blake's chosen word, 'finished'. . . . This is the copy reproduced here, and transcendently splendid work it is, too.
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"Jerusalem represents a publishing event. Because it was finished at the very end of his life, Blake colored only one copy; this is the first time a full-color reproduction is available to the general public.... Elaborate notes and commentary distinguish [the] volume, and the color printing is exceptional."—Lewis Segal, The Los Angeles Times Book Review

"A triumph. The exquisite images and a lucid text of each volume endow not just Blake's work, but the relationships between work and image with crystalline clarity.... To read, to study, or simply to admire, these books are invaluable."—Eric Gibson, The Washington Times

"The publication of this book is a scholarly event of great importance, for. . . the quality of this publication itself, and the matchless importance of the work. . . . [T]his remarkably good reproduction makes possible for the first time a widespread recognition of the distinctiveness of this work. . . . [Readers] now and in subsequent generations can open eyes into worlds of vision that had previously been closed to all but a few. . . ."—Terence Allan Hoagwood, Blake: An Illustrated Quarterly

"Of the four complete copies of Jerusalem printed by Blake himself, only one is fully coloured and, in Blake's chosen word, 'finished'. . . . This is the copy reproduced here, and transcendently splendid work it is, too."—Grevel Lindop, Times Literary Supplement

San Francisco Chronicle
One of the essential publishing projects of the decade.
Times Literary Supplement
Here at last, one feels, is an edition of Blake as he should be seen. Blake. . . is heading for the new millenium in exuberantly good form.
Library Journal
The publisher and the Blake Trust deserve thanks for making Blake's illuminated books of poetry widely available as they were originally published. These two volumes, to be joined by three others, will reproduce all the illustrated poems. Jerusalem is especially welcome, since no reasonably priced color version has ever been issued previously. Songs of Innocence and Experience has been reprinted inexpensively by others, but the Princeton edition offers an especially fine copy and includes 12 additional plates to show how Blake colored individual volumes differently. Even seasoned Blake scholars will benefit from the introduction and notes, which constantly draw the reader back to the poems for a closer reading. Editor Lincoln's annotations are especially full, explicating text, illustrations, and coloring and showing how much one misses when one encounters Blake in an unilluminated edition. Essential.-- Joseph Rosenblum, Univ. of North Carolina at Greensboro
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691029078
  • Publisher: William Blake Trust
  • Publication date: 10/13/1997
  • Series: Blake Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 302
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 11.68 (h) x 0.74 (d)

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