Genesis: William Blake's Last Illuminated Work
San Marino, CA: Huntington Library, 2012. First edition thus. Large folio (17-1/2" x 12-3/4"). (8)pp. + 11 leaves of color facsimiles + 58pp. Index. Dark green cloth lettered in gilt. Some faint scratch marks on front cover, otherwise a fine copy.
William Blake drew inspiration from the Bible throughout his life. Shortly before his death in 1827, he began an illuminated manuscript of the Book of Genesis, revisiting such key themes as creation, division, and forgiveness. This edition of Blake's Genesis provides a full-size reproduction of the Huntington Library's manuscript. (OCLC)
Contents: 1: The manuscript -- William Blake's Genesis manuscript -- Transcription of Blake's Genesis manuscript -- Notes to the transcription -- Substantive differences between Blake's Genesis manuscript and the King James Bible -- 2: Commentary -- Foreword, by John Murdoch -- Blake's illuminated manuscript of Genesis / Robert R. Wark -- Commentary by the editors -- Blake and the Genesis tradition -- Blake's patron, John Linnell -- The manuscript -- Notes to the editor's commentary -- Index to part 2. (OCLC). Item #51583