BLAKE, William. YOUNG, Edward. ~ The Complaint, and The Consolation: or, Night Thoughts.
43 full page copper-plate engravings, designed and executed by Blake. Letterpress text. Large 4to., a very good and unusually generously-margined copy in handsome twentieth century brown half morocco with brown cloth sides by Riviere & Son, gilt ruling on spine which is in compartments with raised bands dotted in gilt, gilt lettering, t.e.g., otherwise uncut, marbled endpapers. One small tear to blank, a couple of pages have very mild creasing to the very edges and the final leaf has small, well-repaired tears, very mild browning to the edges of three leaves. Signature “D.N. Barbour, Dec. 1915” on first blank, stamp of Riviere and Henry Sotheran on verso of ffep. Front joint a little worn.
A very good copy, with excellent large margins so without the usual aggressive trimming which has often removed the dates from the engravings of a great number of copies. With the oft lacking “Explanation of the Engravings” leaf, probably by Henry Fuseli.
Blake worked particularly hard on this book, making over 500 drawings for only 43 engravings, which can be seen in the British Museum. The end result is spectacular and the setting of the pages remarkable.