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The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (Oxford Paperbacks) 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0192811677
ISBN-10: 0192811673
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“A leading American Blake scholar once described the prospect of editing The Marriage of Heaven and Hell as ‘a swamp filled with gators;’ Michael Phillips has navigated his way with great skill through the problems of chronology, textual unity, technique, contemporary context and significance of Blake's strikingly witty, sardonic, quirky, cryptic product of his unique combination of text and illustration in his illuminated books. As well as the facsimile of Copy B, one of the earliest of the nine known copies of the book, there are twenty-one valuable supplementary color plates of comparable pages from other copies, including a full run of Plate 14 as it occurs in the nine copies produced between 1793 to the year of his death, 1827. The detailed commentary discusses both text and illustrations, and in the case of the illustrations is most helpfully accompanied by appropriate details from Blake's designs.” — Martin Butlin, formerly Keeper of the British Collection, Tate Gallery, London, editor of the catalogue raisonne of the Complete Paintings and Drawings of William Blake

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“This edition of one of Blake’s most potent and provocative books will give great pleasure both to Blake enthusiasts and to those new to his work.”

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“This is an excellent scholarly edition of one of Blake’s most fascinating works, likely to become the defining text for generations to come. No one knows as much about Blake’s work in this period as Michael Phillips and he uses his knowledge of the text, its context, and Blake’s printing techniques to open up the question of what Blake thought he was doing with The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.” —John Mee

(John Mee) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

William Blake (1757-1827) was an English poet, painter, and printmaker.
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Product Details

  • Series: Oxford Paperbacks
  • Paperback: 82 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; 1 edition (October 30, 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192811673
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192811677
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.2 x 5.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #396,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By James Rovira on July 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Please disregard some of the other reviews of this product as they have been transferred by Amazon.com to this product when they were written for another product -- no fault of the reviewers. Amazon.com does not currently recognize the need for different reviews of different editions of the same work. This review is of the edition of William Blake's Marriage of Heaven and Hell published by U Chicago Press (2011) for the Bodelian library and edited by Michael Phillips. Some of these other reviews really need to be deleted as they are completely irrelevant to this specific product. I will be writing here about the hardcover edition. I have not yet seen a copy of the paperback edition.

This beautiful and professionally-bound U Chicago edition of MHH appears to be a cover to cover facsimile of the Bodelian's copy of Marriage of Heaven and Hell. I mean "cover to cover" quite literally: the image posted here as the cover is a full-color photographic reproduction of a nineteenth-century binding, wear marks and all. Upon opening the book you will find a full-color reproduction of the inside cover, handwriting, bookstamp, and all. The next page -- which is a blank page in the original -- is again reproduced exactly, water stains and all. What you will be purchasing with this edition, then, is an exact reproduction of Copy B of the Marriage of Heaven and Hell from cover to cover, with the addition of Phillips's extensive introduction, textual transcription, notes, commentary, a checklist of copies, and bibliography. There's simply nothing like it; not even the edition published by the William Blake Trust for the Illuminated Books series. Owning this book is as close to owning an original copy of the Marriage of Heaven and Hell as you can get.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Prince on November 2, 2012
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I do not understand why, but this is not the entire book. It is only three pages and only contains the Proverbs of Hell. I wish I noticed that before I bought it. The whole book is available online for free, so don't bother with this incomplete version.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By pandajama on November 24, 2010
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Good grief -- the other reviewers of this book clearly did not buy it, but are arguing about Blake's theology and using this Website to do it.

I have no comment on the poem. It needs no defense and has fully established itself in Western culture.

But as for the *book*, the object you hold in your hands and look at, I do have a few words. This is a very poorly produced, poorly bound, amateurishly laid out book containing appalling reproductions of the art. It was pretty obviously created in Microsoft Word and bound at the equivalent of a Kinko's. For twenty bucks you can do a lot better. I'm returning my edition.
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By Lilly on January 27, 2014
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Th use of language is very interesting and packed with many oxymoron and ironic statements. Not a very entertaining read though.
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Brighter minds than mine have reviewed this story, so I'll stick to the formatting. It was relatively glitch free, and readable. Worth the download. Enjoy :)
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By Amazon Customer on July 22, 2013
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A classic is a classic... and you just have to love William Blake's mastery of language and artwork. He's a genius.
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Truly great work. And those not familiar with William Blake, it's a great intro to his works and what he's all about.
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By Jbonz on February 12, 2013
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Copy is difficult to read electronically. A piece of one page appears on screen with a cut off piece of the next page. I used IPad to read it and just didn't work.
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