The Illuminated Books of William Blake, Volume 6: The Urizen Books

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In Lambeth in the 1790's, against a background of war and revolution in the American colonies and in Europe, and at home the denial of civil liberties and emergent radicalism, William Blake composed three uncompromising books in illuminated printing with which to present alternative accounts of creation and the beginning of social and religious oppression. These books are chapters from Blake's 'Bible of Hell'. Urizen, the Book of Los and Ahania set out to describe the dissemination of the autocratic mythology of ...
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In Lambeth in the 1790's, against a background of war and revolution in the American colonies and in Europe, and at home the denial of civil liberties and emergent radicalism, William Blake composed three uncompromising books in illuminated printing with which to present alternative accounts of creation and the beginning of social and religious oppression. These books are chapters from Blake's 'Bible of Hell'. Urizen, the Book of Los and Ahania set out to describe the dissemination of the autocratic mythology of Urizen, Blake's inflexibly rationalist and myopic law-giver. The message is often obscure but it is a feature of this edition that much of Blake's meaning is recovered by relating his words and images to the events and circumstances with which he and his few early readers were familiar. The works stand, more than has subsequently been thought, as Blake's sensible and considered response to the difficult times of their composition.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780691001463
  • Publisher: William Blake Trust
  • Publication date: 9/4/1998
  • Series: Blake Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 8.31 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

PREFACE by David Bindman, General Editor 6
FOREWORD 7
CITATIONS AND ABBREVIATIONS 8
BLAKE'S URIZEN BOOKS: Introduction 9
THE FIRST BOOK OF URIZEN
Themes and Contexts 19
The Designs 25
Text and Reproduction 61
Supplementary Illustrations 118
Notes to Blake's Text 128
Variants 144
Bibliographical Description 147
Notes and Tables on Variant Copies of Urizen 148
THE BOOK OF AHAMA
Themes and Contexts 153
The Designs 160
Text and Reproduction 165
Supplementary Illustrations 178
Notes to Blake's Text 184
Bibliographical Description 191
THE BOOK OF LOS
Themes and Contexts 195
The Designs 202
Text and Reproduction 205
Supplementary Illustrations 216
Notes to Blake's Text 218
Bibliographical Description 222
WORKS CITED 225
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