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William Blake: The Complete Illuminated Books Paperback – April, 2001
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Blake wasn't shy about the importance of his own work. In a letter he described "Milton" as "the Grandest Poem this World Contains". But these immense, unique hand-engraved, hand-coloured cosmic-spiritual epics found no buyers in Blake's own lifetime. Only one coloured copy of "Jerusalem" is known to exist.
The Illuminated Books have been reproduced in colour before, but this is the first time all the plates have been printed full-size in a single book. Blake is fascinating even in black-and-white, but to read these books in the form intended means entering a new world. By depicting spiritual principles as People, Blake shows us the meaning of all ancient gods.
After the lyrics of the "Songs of Innocence and "Songs of Experience", the best place to start is the "Book of Thel", then the "Visions of the Daughters of Albion". When reading the long books, a plain text copy of the "Complete Poems" will come in handy: difficulty in reading Blake's graceful orange script for "Jerusalem" may be one difficulty too many. The remaining shorter books, with their anguished mythical narratives, rely more than the others on their illustrations, printed as if with fire, rust and soot: images of an age of Revolution.Read more ›
This book brings a rich and wonderful collection of his original works. And for those who do not like handwriting, there is a complete typed version of all the poems at the end of the book.
Besides all that, what I really like about this book, and William in general, is his love for children. I firmly believe that he is the first children books' writer!!! What is a children book? A long poem divided in several illustrated pages.
Buy yourself a copy, this book is worth a lot.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The prints are very small with huge whites boarders.....very poorly laid out in my opinion.
Some other books of Blakes work I have bought were much more lit.
Indeed, work by William Blake diverse and brilliant. He was an extraordinary artist and poet. I believe that his brilliant mind superior to the intellect of his contemporaries. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Griffin Garcon
this large book has poorly reproduced images in pale, lifeless color. i cant recommend it.Published 9 months ago by will crow
This compilation is beautiful, large, and exactly what you would hope it to be! I've had friends complain about the size of their reproductions making Blake's handwriting more... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Brian Lowry
A gift for my daughter in law who loves it. Very complete and beautiful.Published 13 months ago by pj
Really wanted to love this but I just couldn't. It was like a book of photocopies of Blake's works. Some of the illustrations with handwritten words I couldn't really read and... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Melissa Munding
Blake's plates, text and pictures, are certainly reproduced as they are, the quality is good. But Blake's handwritten text is hardly readable, the pictures are blurred to varying... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Zikmu