The Works of William Blake. Poetic, Symbolic, and Critical. Edited with Lithographs of the Illustrated "Prophetic Books", and a Memoir and Interpretation Volume I: The System, Volume II: The Meaning, Volume III: The Books. ( Three Volumes ). William BLAKE, Edwin John Ellis, William Butler Yeats.
The Works of William Blake. Poetic, Symbolic, and Critical. Edited with Lithographs of the Illustrated "Prophetic Books", and a Memoir and Interpretation Volume I: The System, Volume II: The Meaning, Volume III: The Books. ( Three Volumes ).
The Works of William Blake. Poetic, Symbolic, and Critical. Edited with Lithographs of the Illustrated "Prophetic Books", and a Memoir and Interpretation Volume I: The System, Volume II: The Meaning, Volume III: The Books. ( Three Volumes ).
The Works of William Blake. Poetic, Symbolic, and Critical. Edited with Lithographs of the Illustrated "Prophetic Books", and a Memoir and Interpretation Volume I: The System, Volume II: The Meaning, Volume III: The Books. ( Three Volumes ).
The Works of William Blake. Poetic, Symbolic, and Critical. Edited with Lithographs of the Illustrated "Prophetic Books", and a Memoir and Interpretation Volume I: The System, Volume II: The Meaning, Volume III: The Books. ( Three Volumes ).
The Works of William Blake. Poetic, Symbolic, and Critical. Edited with Lithographs of the Illustrated "Prophetic Books", and a Memoir and Interpretation Volume I: The System, Volume II: The Meaning, Volume III: The Books. ( Three Volumes ).

The Works of William Blake. Poetic, Symbolic, and Critical. Edited with Lithographs of the Illustrated "Prophetic Books", and a Memoir and Interpretation Volume I: The System, Volume II: The Meaning, Volume III: The Books. ( Three Volumes ).

London: Bernard Quaritch, 1893. First edition. Hardcover. Three volumes, complete. Quartos. (10.5 x 7 inches). Vol. I: xvi, 420, b&w fold-out; Vol. II: viii, 436, b&w fold-out; Vol. III: x,100, ii, approx. 300 + reproductions from Blake's illuminated volumes, 176pp. Bright green cloth, Blake's "Reunion of the Soul and Body" elaborately reproduced in gilt on front boards covers, gilt titling and illustration to spines, B&w frontis portraits in each volume, top edge gilt. One of 500 sets of the regular paper issue (there were also 150 large paper copies, although these did not have the magnificent gilt bindings). A ground breaking set, in which Ellis and Yeats showcased the extraordinary versatility and thought of Blake, including a number of apparently previously unpublished works in the selection. Yeats, who at the time of writing was deeply immersed in his own mystical adventure (he joined the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn in 1890) was apparently largely responsible for writing the sections dealings with the symbolism and mysticism in Blake's work. Originally in a private library, with the owner's name stamp on the first blank of each volume, and small darkened spots at the bottom of each of the spines where he apparently had his own shelf numbers. No other marks, other than pencilling (see further below). A well-used set - all 3 volumes are a bit worn and rubbed at all extremities, a little shaken, cloth a little darkened with minor marks from handling, some bumps and chafing to corners and spine ends, chafing to spine edges, spines darkened and a few tiny tears at spine ends. Page edges and margins a bit browned, pages toned, some pencil marks to text (in total less than 30 pages affected, though some quite heavily so), occasional browning, creased corners and chips to page edges. The fold-out "Chart of the Symbolic Structure of the Poems" in Vol. II has been cropped on outer edge of page margin with loss of about 50%. Vol. III has been professionally rebacked with matching green cloth - retaining original boards and spine, some minor chipping and wrinkling to rear endpapers. Overall a tight, mostly clean if somewhat shabby near-VG set. A good chance to acquire a rare and sought-after set, sensibly priced in accord with its condition. A large heavy set, additional shipping will most likely be called for. Item #63925

Price: $925.00