William Blake

William Blake

The Complete Illuminated Books

Book - 2001
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In his Illuminated Books, William Blake combined text and imagery on a single page in a way that had not been done since the Middle Ages. For Blake, religion and politics, intellect and emotion, mind and body were both unified and in conflict with each other: his work is expressive of his personal mythology, and his methods of conveying it were integral to its meaning. There is no comparison with reading books such as Jerusalem, America, and Songs of Innocence and of Experience in Blake's own medium, infused with his sublime and exhilarating colors. Tiny figures and forms dance among the lines of the text, flames appear to burn up the page, and dense passages of Biblical-sounding text are brought to a jarring halt by startling images of death, destruction, and liberation. Blake's hope that his books would obtain wide circulation was unfulfilled: some exist only in unique copies and none was printed in more than very small numbers. Now, for the first time, the plates from the William Blake Trust's Collected Edition have been brought together in a single volume, with transcripts of the texts and an introduction by the noted scholar David Bindman.Includes: Jerusalem; Songs of Innocence and of Experience; All Religions are One; There is No Natural Religion; The Book of Thel; The Marriage of Heaven and Hell; Visions of the Daughters of Albion; America a Prophecy; Europe a Prophecy; The Song of Los Milton a Poem; The Ghost of Abel; On Homers Poetry [and] On Virgil; Laocoon; The First Book of Urizen; The Book of Ahania; The Book of Los.
Publisher: New York : Thames & Hudson ; [London] : William Blake Trust, 2001, c2000.
ISBN: 9780500282458
Branch Call Number: 745.67 Blake 2000
Characteristics: 480 p. :,ill. ;,30 cm.


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Jul 29, 2018

(*William Blake quote*) - "Art is the tree of life. Science is the tree of death."

Born in Soho, London (1757) - (painter/engraver/poet) William Blake was a exceptionally gifted artist with a unique vision whose work went largely unrecognized in his lifetime.

Meticulously researched by art historian, David Bindman - This book carefully explores the life and times of William Blake, a man of notable talent and profound insight.

This biography also includes 400 colour and b&w reproductions of William's work.

*Note* - In 1827 - William Blake (69 at the time) died of heart failure.

Oct 07, 2017

Incredible work.

Aug 03, 2013

A great collection of Blake's illuminated works, complete with transcripts. The only thing I'd change (aside from adding some more explanations/analysis of each work) is to make all the plates large enough to read and to match the size of the paper. As is, they're printed at their original size, which in some cases takes up less than half the page and is hard to read.


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