BLAKE, William. TRIANON PRESS. ~ The Book of Ahania.
No.243 of 808 copies. 4to, 6 colour facsimile plates reproduced in Paris at the Trianon Press using the collotype and hand-stencil process, one black and white illustration plus 5 pp. of commentary by Geoffrey Keynes. 4to., original quarter dark blue morocco, marbled paper covered boards, in the original marbled paper covered slipcase. A very good, bright copy. Booklabel of Elaine Klemen.
A facsimile of the only known copy of The Book of Ahania which was owned by Lessing Rosenwald. The original frontispiece was supplied for this facsimile by its owner Geoffrey Keynes.
The Book of Ahania continues the story of the Book of Urizen. As Keynes writes: “Ahania, the feminine Emanation of Urizen, signifies Pleasure in Blake’s system....the poem begins with...a new character Fuzon who...signifies Passion..Fuzon attacks Urizen..with a fiery globe...Urizen was sorely wounded in the loins [and]..in his agony at losing his source of pleasure, he seized on Ahania, calling her Sin..Urizen seeks vengeance on Fuzon, creating in the process the Serpent of Materialism”.