ELLIS, Edwin John; and William Butler YEATS
The Works of William Blake
London: Bernard Quaritch, 1893. 3 volumes, 8vo. Portrait frontispieces, numerous lithographic plates reproducing Blake's works.
Publisher's green cloth, upper covers and spines decoratively blocked in gilt.
First edition: one of 500 copies. A lovely example in the publisher's decorative cloth.
Bentley: "The enthusiasm and comprehensiveness of this work are of considerable historical importance..." Wade, quoting a letter from Yeats: "The writing of this book is mainly Ellis's, the thinking is as much mine as his. The biography is by him. He re-wrote and trebled in size a biography of mine. The greater part of the 'symbolic system' is my writing; the rest of the book was written by Ellis working over short accounts of the books by me, except in the case of the 'literary period' the account of the minor poems, & the account of Blake's art theories which are all his own except in so far as we discussed everything together." There was a large paper edition (150 copies) bound in leather, but the regular edition, as here, is more desirable on account of the lavish gilt publisher's cloth binding.
Bentley 369; Wade 218.