SONGS OF INNOCENCE and SONGS OF EXPERIENCE. With an Introduction and Commentary by Sir Geoffrey Keynes

(London: Oxford University Press, 1977 ).

FIRST OF THE EDITION. The Songs of Innocence alone were completed in 1789 and made up Blake's first Illuminated Book. They are poems of Happiness, expressing the child's confidence and joy in the world about him. The Songs of Experience - "Experience" summing up for Blake all the bitterness and disappointment of adult reality - were composed and etched from 1790 to 1794.
Of all Blake's poems, the Songs of Innocence and of Experience are the most widely-known and the best loved. Item #32763

First of the edition and a reproduction in the original size of Blake's illuminated book. With the 54 beautiful coloured plates printed in 6 and 8 colour offset from the originals, on paper especially made to match the tint of that used by Blake.. 8vo, publisher's original blue cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and in a dustjacket with Blake colour plates on the upper and lower covers. 155 pp. A fine copy with a very lightly edge rubbed dustjacket.

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Price: $75.00