Visions of the Daughters of Albion

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This landmark edition of William Blake's Visions of the Daughters of Albion provides the first full-size reproduction of the Huntington Library's copy of the work, printed and colored by Blake and his wife, Catherine, in 1793. Generally seen as a continuation of The Book of Thel, this relatively early work of Blake's offers a criticism of the sexual morals of his time, presenting its author's views on the evils of organized religion, on slavery, and on oppressed womanhood. Drawings related to Visions that Blake ...

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Visions of the Daughters of Albion (Illuminated Manuscript with the Original Illustrations of William Blake)

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Overview

This landmark edition of William Blake's Visions of the Daughters of Albion provides the first full-size reproduction of the Huntington Library's copy of the work, printed and colored by Blake and his wife, Catherine, in 1793. Generally seen as a continuation of The Book of Thel, this relatively early work of Blake's offers a criticism of the sexual morals of his time, presenting its author's views on the evils of organized religion, on slavery, and on oppressed womanhood. Drawings related to Visions that Blake sketched in his Notebook, now held in the British Library, have been digitally enhanced in the reproductions in this edition and are visible for the first time.

Blake expert Robert Essick explains not just the text but also Blake's invention of the method he used to etch his poetry and designs. A plate-by-plate analysis of the images and text sets the enigmas of Blake's poetry in the clarifying contexts of his life and thought and of contemporary literature and politics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873281874
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 6/7/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 100
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert N. Essick is Professor of English at the University of California, Riverside. Among his many books are William Blake, Printmaker, selected by Choice as an Outstanding Academic Book of 1980-81, and William Blake at the Huntington, a Book-of-the-Month Club alternate selection. Essick specializes in British romantic literature and art, particularly William Blake. He is currently working on the Blake Electronic Archive.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 William Blake's Visions of the Daughters of Albion
Reproduction of Blake's Plates viii
Transcription of the Poem 3
The Huntington Copy: Bibliographic and Textual Notes 15
Part 2 Commentary
List of Illustrations from Blake's Notebook 19
Commentary 21
Notes 65
Index 71
Bibliography: Studies of Visions of the Daughters of Albion 75
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