Once regarded as a brilliant eccentric whose works skirted the outer fringes of English art and literature, William Blake (1757–1827) is today recognized as a major poet, a profound thinker, and one of the most original and exciting English artists. Nowhere is his glorious poetic and pictorial legacy more evident than in The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, which many consider his most inspired and original work.
The Marriage of Heaven and Hell is both a humorous satire on religion and morality and a work that concisely expresses Blake's essential wisdom and philosophy, much of it revealed in the 70 aphorisms of his "Proverbs of Hell." This beautiful edition, reproduced from a rare facsimile, invites readers to enjoy the rich character of Blake's own hand-printed text along with his deeply stirring illustrations, reproduced on 27 full-color plates. A typeset transcription of the text is included.
Dover (1994) republication of plates from a facsimile of the 1794 edition published by Trianon Press, Jura, France, 1960.
Peter Ackroyd's biography, Blake, renewed my interest in Blake's graphic work.
If this book is frightening for some, it has stood the test of time since 1794 and might last longer than what we think of it.
The first 27 pages are color pictures of the actual plates that Blake etched, the remainder is the text of the book.
This is a handsome book. It might have been a bit bigger to make the images clearer. But then it would have been more expensive. Of course, Blake's text is pure genius.Published 1 month ago by Robin Wildt Hansen
Love william blake, the inclusion of original plates really makes this one!Published 4 months ago by Sam Pickerill
It is very small. I find it difficult to make out any detail in the plates or read Blake's original text.Published 17 months ago by kd
The first 27 pages are color pictures of the actual plates that Blake etched, the remainder is the text of the book. Good quality and a cool little book to have around.Published on April 13, 2013 by JimmyD
One of the best books of poetry ever written in my opinion. Also the artwork was just fantastic.GOD Bless. :)Published on February 15, 2013 by DAVID M. PUSKAR