AN ISLAND IN THE MOON A Facsimile of the Manuscript Introduced, Transcribed, and Annotated by Michael Phillips With A Preface by Haven O'More

(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press in Association with the Institute of Traditional Science, 1987).

VERY RARE. THE BEAUTIFULLY PRODUCED LIMITED DELUXE FIRST EDITION BY THE STAMPERIA VALDONEGO FOR THE CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS AND INSTITUTE OF TRADITIONAL SCIENCE, PRODUCED FROM BLAKE'S MANUSCRIPT AT THE FITZWILLIAM MUSEUM. This is one of only 25 specially numbered and bound deluxe copies. In the issue of 750 copies the facsimile was in a pocket in the rear of the text volume, which was bound in cloth. This is by far the more appealing and appropriate presentation.
AN ISLAND IN THE MOON is a dramatic satire critical for our understanding of William Blake at a formative stage of his development both as poet and producer of his "Illuminated Printing". "Here we have Blake's most playful expression as a satirist, and the beginnings of the SONGS OF INNOCENCE AND OF EXPRESSION, including three of the Songs in the draft" - dustjacket.
Michael Phillips, of Edinburgh University has publications on William Blake which include "Interpreting Blake" and "William Blake Essays in Honour of Sir Geoffrey Keynes.
Haven O'More was Director of the Institute of Traditional Science and was Associate Trustee of the William Blake Trust until the death of Sir Keynes. He is also famous for assembling one of the greatest private libraries of the 20th Century, the famed "Garden" collection of books and manuscripts. Item #26191

2 volumes. First edition, SPECIAL LIMITED ISSUE IN DELUXE BINDING OF ONLY 25 COPIES NUMBERED IN ROMAN of a total printing of only 775 copies. With the 20 page facsimile reproduced with special colours by offset, additionally illustrated throughout the accompanying text, the text finely produced by Stamperia Valdonega in Verona, Italy. The text Monotype Garamond printed in letterpress on fine Italian paper. 4to, The facsimile in a portfolio style special binding of full russet textured calf, the text volume in matching binding but with the spine lettered in blind and t.e.g., the two volumes are together in the publisher's original slipcase of boards covered by ribbed Fabriano paper. viii, 110; [20] pp. Pristine and perfect, a copy completely as new copy and still with the publisher's original shipping wrapper included, a copy entirely unused of this very scarce limited issue.

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