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William Blake

Songs of Innocence and of Experience

W. Pickering and W. Newbery


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The first letterpress edition of Blake's Songs of Innocence and of Experience.

  • William Blake (English).
  • Songs of Innocence and of Experience, Shewing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul.
  • London: W. Pickering and W. Newbery, 1839.
  • 74 pages.
  • Octavo.
  • Bound in full green morocco gilt, with circular gilt vellum label of William Twopeny.

The first letterpress edition of Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience, preceded only by the small number of copies of the illuminated first edition engraved and colored by Blake, with a laudatory preface by the Swedenborgian James John Garth Wilkinson (1812-99), who edited and arranged the present volume for publication. Wilkinson worked from Charles Augustus Tulk's copy of the illuminated first edition (c. 1795-1807); Tulk had previously lent his copy to Coleridge. The work appears in two issues, with or without a poem entitled “The Little Vagabound” at page 71, which was supposedly canceled by the editor out of prudishness.

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