The Illuminated Books of William Blake, Volume 5: Milton, A Poem

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William Blake's Milton, one of his two great illuminated epics, is featured in this fifth volume of the Blake Trust collected edition of Blake's illuminated books. This is the first-ever reproduction of the magnificent copy of Milton in the New York Public Library, presented here in full colour. As the editors demonstrate, this was Blake's own copy and reflects his final intentions for one of his most sublime, and at the same time most personal, poems. Blake's three final works in illuminated printing, The Ghost ...
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Overview

William Blake's Milton, one of his two great illuminated epics, is featured in this fifth volume of the Blake Trust collected edition of Blake's illuminated books. This is the first-ever reproduction of the magnificent copy of Milton in the New York Public Library, presented here in full colour. As the editors demonstrate, this was Blake's own copy and reflects his final intentions for one of his most sublime, and at the same time most personal, poems. Blake's three final works in illuminated printing, The Ghost of Abel, On Homers Poetry [and] On Virgil, and Laocoon, are also included in this volume. Although brief, these texts and their accompanying designs present some of Blake's most important statements on art, religion, and the spirit of imagination they share. Nineteen additional illustrations of related drawings and variant printings of the plates, many in colour, supplement all four works. Milton is a difficult and cryptic poem for those uninitiated in the ways of Blake's allusive and allegorical style. In an introductory essay, the editors directly address the nature of the poem's complexity, demonstrate how Blake's methods set out to disconcert conventional concepts of time, space, and human identity, and suggest some ways readers coming to Milton for the first time can understand and enjoy the challenges it offers. The editors also present a plate-by-plate commentary on how the illustrations contribute to the creation of a composite, visual-verbal experience. The extensive notes to the newly-edited letterpress text will also assist readers through Milton, its central themes and its byways, its heights and its depths. An equally helpful introduction and notes are provided for the three shorter works. Scholars will find much new information in this volume. The editors describe the experimental graphic techniques Blake used in Milton and uncover the multiple layers of revision he lavished on the copy reproduced. A previously unrecognized version of one
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  • ISBN-13: 9780691033938
  • Publisher: William Blake Trust
  • Publication date: 11/29/1993
  • Series: Blake's Illuminated Books Series
  • Pages: 286
  • Product dimensions: 8.68 (w) x 12.03 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

PREFACE by David Bindman, General Editor 6
FOREWORD 7
CITATIONS AND ABBREVIATIONS 8
MILTON A POEM
Introduction 9
The Plates 43
Supplementary Illustrations 93
The Text with Commentary 110
THE FINAL ILLUMINATED WORKS: The Ghost of Abel, On Homers Poetry [and] On Virgil, and Laoco├Ân
Introduction 220
The Plates 244
Supplementary Illustrations 248
The Texts with Commentaries 253
WORKS CITED 279
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