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William Blake Trust

Works: 80 works in 157 publications in 2 languages and 2,955 library holdings
Genres: Manuscripts  Poetry  Illustrated works  Exhibition catalogs  Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc  Portraits  Catalogs  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Other
Classifications: PR4144, 821.7
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Publications about William Blake Trust
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Most widely held works by William Blake Trust
William Blake : the complete illuminated books by William Blake( Book )
10 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in English and held by 966 libraries worldwide
Includes facsimiles of all the illustrated books and a transcription of the texts
The continental prophecies by William Blake( Book )
7 editions published between 1995 and 1998 in English and held by 472 libraries worldwide
If the Urizen books contain Blake's account of Genesis, written and depicted from the 'devilish' perspective of a 'Bible of Hell', then the continental prophecies present his critical reckoning with the history of his own times, a fascinatingly complex and multi-faceted account of the struggle between revolutionary counter-revolutionary thought of the first half of the 1790s. In America, the first of the continental poems, Blake moves away from his earlier mode of historical allegory and enters the realm of prophetic utterance. In poetry and imagery alike, Blake's prophecies follow Old Testament models in the sense that they are less concerned with prediction than with the process of social and political criticism. While America still contains many historical references, these are integrated in a mythical 'plot' that transcends the narrow confines of historical reportage and pamphleteering. In Europe and in 'Africa' and 'Asia' (the two parts that make up The Song of Los) Blake is even less concerned with concrete historical events than in developing the myth of Orc and Urizen, Enitharmon and Los which describes and criticizes the intricate structure of social oppression that the author saw as resulting from human kind's history under the rule of organised state religion. Each of the three books also attempts to point a way toward the prerequisites for the equally complex process of millenial liberation. The commentary aims to introduce readers of the three books to the structural unity and many-layered meaning of Blake's visual-verbal myth-making, and to guide them through the maze of critical approaches and interpretation that they have elicited
The Urizen books by William Blake( Book )
7 editions published between 1995 and 1998 in English and held by 440 libraries worldwide
In Lambeth in the 1790's, against a background of war and revolution in the American colonies and in Europe, and at home the denial of civil liberties and emergent radicalism, William Blake composed three uncompromising books in illuminated printing with which to present alternative accounts of creation and the beginning of social and religious oppression. These books are chapters from Blake's 'Bible of Hell'. Urizen, the Book of Los and Ahania set out to describe the dissemination of the autocratic mythology of Urizen, Blake's inflexibly rationalist and myopic law-giver. The message is often obscure but it is a feature of this edition that much of Blake's meaning is recovered by relating his words and images to the events and circumstances with which he and his few early readers were familiar. The works stand, more than has subsequently been thought, as Blake's sensible and considered response to the difficult times of their composition
An exhibition of the illuminated books of William Blake, poet, printer, prophet by Geoffrey Keynes( Book )
7 editions published between 1964 and 1970 in English and held by 230 libraries worldwide
Samuel Palmer : the sketchbook of 1824 by Samuel Palmer( Book )
3 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 187 libraries worldwide
Visions of the daughters of Albion by William Blake( Book )
2 editions published in 1959 in English and held by 150 libraries worldwide
This landmark edition of William Blake's Visions of the Daughters of Albion provides the first full-size reproduction of the Huntington Library's copy of the work, printed and colored by Blake and his wife, Catherine, in 1793. Generally seen as a continuation of The Book of Thel, this relatively early work of Blake's offers a criticism of the sexual morals of his time, presenting its author's views on the evils of organized religion, on slavery, and on oppressed womanhood. Drawings related to Visions that Blake sketched in his Notebook, now held in the British Library, have been digitally enhanced in the reproductions in this edition and are visible for the first time. -- Book Jacket
Milton a poem, and the final illuminated works : the ghost of Abel, On Homers poetry, [and] On Virgil Laocoön by William Blake( Book )
5 editions published between 1967 and 1993 in English and held by 67 libraries worldwide
William Blake's Milton, one of his two great illuminated epics, is featured in this fifth volume of the Blake Trust collected edition of Blake's illuminated books. This is the first-ever reproduction of the magnificent copy of Milton in the New York Public Library, presented here in full colour. As the editors demonstrate, this was Blake's own copy and reflects his final intentions for one of his most sublime, and at the same time most personal, poems. Blake's three final works in illuminated printing, The Ghost of Abel, On Homers Poetry [and] On Virgil, and Laocoon, are also included in this volume. Although brief, these texts and their accompanying designs present some of Blake's most important statements on art, religion, and the spirit of imagination they share. Nineteen additional illustrations of related drawings and variant printings of the plates, many in colour, supplement all four works. Milton is a difficult and cryptic poem for those uninitiated in the ways of Blake's allusive and allegorical style. In an introductory essay, the editors directly address the nature of the poem's complexity, demonstrate how Blake's methods set out to disconcert conventional concepts of time, space, and human identity, and suggest some ways readers coming to Milton for the first time can understand and enjoy the challenges it offers. The editors also present a plate-by-plate commentary on how the illustrations contribute to the creation of a composite, visual-verbal experience. The extensive notes to the newly-edited letterpress text will also assist readers through Milton, its central themes and its byways, its heights and its depths. An equally helpful introduction and notes are provided for the three shorter works. Scholars will find much new information in this volume. The editors describe the experimental graphic techniques Blake used in Milton and uncover the multiple layers of revision he lavished on the copy reproduced. A previously unrecognized version of one of the most important full-page designs is described for the first time, while the generally-accepted dates of composition for the three final illuminated works have been revised substantially. The introduction and notes offer fresh insights into the difficult relationship between Blake and his patron William Hayley that in turn shaped Blake's sense of his great predecessor, John Milton, and the role he would play in Milton
Jerusalem : the emanation of the giant Albion by William Blake( Book )
6 editions published between 1952 and 1991 in English and French and held by 65 libraries worldwide
The Complete portraiture of William & Catherine Blake by Geoffrey Keynes( Book )
2 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 38 libraries worldwide
William Blake's watercolour inventions in illustration of The grave by Robert Blair by William Blake( Book )
2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 27 libraries worldwide
Jerusalem ; a facsimile of the illuminated book by William Blake( Book )
5 editions published between 1950 and 1951 in English and held by 23 libraries worldwide
Blake's illuminated books by William Blake( Book )
8 editions published between 1991 and 1998 in English and held by 20 libraries worldwide
"The nature of William Blake's genius and of his art is most completely expressed in his Illuminated Books. In order to give full and free expression to his vision Blake invented a method of printing that enabled him to created works in which words and images combine to form pages uniquely rich in content and beautiful in form. It is only through the pages as originally conceived and published by the poet himself that Blake's meaning can be fully experienced."--Publisher's description
The early illuminated books by William Blake( Book )
5 editions published between 1993 and 1998 in English and held by 15 libraries worldwide
Collected edition volume 3
Jerusalem by William Blake( Book )
5 editions published between 1951 and 1954 in English and Undetermined and held by 14 libraries worldwide
The text of Blake's longest poetic work is typeset in this book for ease of reading
The book of Los by William Blake( Book )
2 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 10 libraries worldwide
The tempera paintings of William Blake : a critical catalogue by Arts Council of Great Britain( Book )
2 editions published between 1951 and 1975 in English and held by 9 libraries worldwide
The song of Los by William Blake( Book )
1 edition published in 1975 in English and held by 9 libraries worldwide
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