"I give you the end of a golden string, only wind it into a ball, it will lead you in at Heaven's gate built in Jerusalem's wall": First Edition of William Blake's Jerusalem


BLAKE, William.


Item Number: 112337

New York: The Beechwood Press, 1955.

First complete edition of Blake’s great prophetic poem containing the text of Jerusalem in letterpress. Small quarto, original cloth, top edge gilt, illustrated with 100 plates, tissue-guarded frontispiece in collotype. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Foreword by Geoffrey Keynes. Uncommon in this condition.

Jerusalem, subtitled The Emanation of the Giant Albion , is the final, longest and greatest in scope of Blake's prophetic works. Etched in handwriting, accompanied by small sketches, marginal figures and huge full-plate illustrations, it has been described as "visionary theatre". The poet himself believed it was his masterpiece.

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