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Jerusalem

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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
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Published by the Trianon Press for the William Blake Trust, London (1951)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0007J0WDY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Format: Hardcover
I recommend that any fan of William Blake buy this volume and the other 5 in the series. The books are beautiful, large, and handsomely bound. Each book is reproduced in full color, using a six-color printing process rather than the standard four. The pages are heavy, opaque and have a gorgous lustre indicating very high quality paper. The text of each book accompanies the color reproductions in standard typeface with very competent commentary to boot.
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Format: Paperback
I am drawn to this work. When the British Museum at Yale held a special Blake exhibition my family and I were lucky enough to attend and see all 100 plates of this book on display. They were breathtaking. This edition is a very fine reproduction and deserves the highest praise. It isn't the real thing, but amazingly close for the price. It is so good that it rewards study with a magnifying glass. Obviously, the real gold Blake put into the original (at what must have been staggering expense for a man that was so poor there were times he couldn't afford food) doesn't duplicate its brilliant sheen, but this is pretty good.
Not only are there the 100 plates of copy E (the one in the Mellon collection in the British Museum at Yale), there are some sample plates from other version and all of the text in printed form with commentary.
This is an incredible work that is bewildering in scope in a joy to lose yourself in. Extremely recommended if you love Blake at all.
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Format: Paperback
This is one of the most truly incredible books I have ever read. Every page is gorgeous.
It is a "modern" retelling of Revelations through the eyes of Blake using characters and a world essentially created by Blake himself. For instance, the Holy Land is now England.
You'll want to study the accompanying notes for each plate. For as you're reading the story, you're also researching how it came about, why certain characters act the way they do, and what the images on each plate represent. I was wondering why it was taking so long to complete the book, then i realized I was taking 5-10 minutes per page. First, reading it. Then examining the plate's art. Then reading the text's notes. And finally, reading the author's notes.
The way the book was put together is perfect for modern presentation. I haven't seen any of the older copies of this story, but I can't see how much better they could have done. It has a special spot on my bookshelf, unparalleled.
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Format: Paperback
Why is it that on every bargain table in America you can find countless decent reproductions of The Impressionists and Picasso and Dali etc etc, but Blake's vast body of work is only available in esoteric and expensive editions? Princeton University Press has filled this void more or less affordably with a beautifully recreated series of the Prophetic Books. Now if we can just get someone to do The Illustrations to Gray and Edward Young and The Bible and Milton and Dante and and and!!!
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