Friday, March 11, 2011

William Blake, bibliographical progress, *exhibition at The Huntington*

***This post is incomplete, but I'm publishing it to let y'all know about The Huntington exhibition on some works by Blake.***

The Tyger copy Z, 1826, originally 1794.
Europe Supported by Africa and America, 1796.
The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed with the Sun, 1805-10.
The Book of Urizen frontpiece copy G, 1818, originally 1794.
I'm happy that there seems to be a steady interest in William Blake...

For a while there, Princeton University Press was the leading publisher of things Blake, with a series edited by David Bindman.  The highlight was the facsimiles of Blake's Illuminated Books, fine first edition clothbound volumes now costing a pretty penny:
Morton D. Paley ed./The Illuminated Books of William Blake, Volume 1: Jerusalem: The Emanation of the Giant Albion (1991)
Andrew Lincoln ed./The Illuminated Books of William Blake, Volume 2: Songs of Innocence and of Experience (1991)
Morris Eaves, Robert N. Essick, Joseph Viscomi eds./The Illuminated Books of William Blake, Volume 3: The Early Illuminated Books (1993)
D.W. Dorrbecker ed./The Illuminated Books of William Blake, Volume 4: The Continental Prophecies (1995)
Robert N. Essick, Joseph Viscomi eds./The Illuminated Books of William Blake, Volume 5: Milton, A Poem (1993)
David Worrall ed./The Illuminated Books of William Blake, Volume 6: The Urizen Books (1995)

If you can't get hold of those, there's David Bindman/William Blake: The Complete Illuminated Books (Thames & Hudson, 2000), reprinted 2001.

And of course, Northrop Frye's Fearful Symmetry: A Study of William Blake (1947) is the classic text, and still highly influential. 

Another favorite is David V. Erdman's Blake: Prophet Against Empire (1954).  Erdman also edited The Complete Poetry and Prose of William Blake - New and Revised Edition (University of California Press, 1982) is the nice one to get, not the recent one (2008).

Other Erdman works on Blake:
w/ John E. Grant/Blake's Visionary Forms Dramatic (Princeton University Press, 1970), out of print

The Illuminated Blake: All of William Blake's Complete Illuminated Works with a Plate-by-Plate Commentary (Anchor Press/Doubleday, 1974), reprinted (Dover Publications, 1992)

Also, Kathleen Raine's Blake and Tradition (1968) is again available as a two volume set (Routledge, 2002).

Other Raine works on Blake:
Blake and Antiquity (Princeton University Press, 1978), out of print

More recently, The William Blake Archive is available online.  Check it out. 

Also, if you're in Southern California, near Los Angeles or Pasadena or in San Marino, check out The Huntington's exhibition Born To Endless Night: Paintings, Drawings, and Prints by William Blake Selected by John Frame, March 12, 2011-June 20, 2011.  The Huntington has a collection of Blake's works and exhibitions from time to time. 
The Huntington Library is worth a visit.
Also, it's very nice to take a stroll through the Huntington's botanical gardens...
...then relax at the Rose Tea Room, with tea (or coffee) and cucumber sandwiches etc haha.

*Here are the other titles I could cull from Princeton University Press' website, in chronological order:
Albert S. Roe/Blake's Illustrations for the Divine Comedy (1953), out of print
Charles Ryskamp/William Blake, Engraver: A Descriptive Catalogue of an Exhibition (1969), out of print
Irene Tayler/Blake's Illustrations to the Poems of Gray (1971), out of print
Susan Fox/Poetic Form in Blake's Milton (1976), out of print
W.J. Thomas Mitchell/Blake's Composite Art: A Study of the Illuminated Poetry (1978), out of print
Christine Gallant/Blake's and the Assimilation of Chaos (1979), out of print
Leopold Damrosch Jr./Symbol and Myth in Blake's Myth (1980), out of print
Robert N. Essick/William Blake, Printmaker (1980), out of print
Morris Eaves/William Blakes' Theory of Art (1982), out of print
Leslie Tannenbaum/Biblical Tradition in Blake's Early Prophecies: The Great Code of Art (1982), out of print
Robert N. Essick/The Separate Plates of William Blake: A Catalogue (1983), out of print
Michael Ferber/The Social Vision of William Blake (1985), out of print
Vincent Arthur De Luca/Words of Eternity: Blake and the Poetics of the Sublime (1991), out of print
Joseph Viscomi/Blake and the Idea of the Book (1993), out of print
William Vaughan/William Blake (1999), out of print
Michael Phillips/William Blake: The Creation of the Songs From Manuscript to Illuminated Printing (2000)
Neil Forsyth/The Satanic Epic (2004)
Joyce H. Townsend ed./William Blake: The Painter at Work (2004), out of print

(under construction)
*Chronological bibliography of other books strictly on William Blake, which I'll try to update and repost on a regular basis:

Thomas J. J. Altizer/The New Apocalyse: The Radical Christian Vision of William Blake (Michigan State University Press, 1967)

Roger R. Easson, Robert N. Essick/William Blake: Book Illustrator (St. Lukes Press, 1972), out of print

Robert N. Essick/The Visionary Hand: Essays for the Study of William Blake' Art and Aesthetics (Hennessey & Ingalls, 1973), out of print
Robert N. Essick/William Blake's Relief Inventions (William & Victoria Dailey, The Press of the Pegacycle Lady, 1978), out of print

S. Foster Damon, Morris Eaves/A Blake Dictionary: The Ideas and Symbols of William Blake (Thames & Hudson, 1979), out of print

Robert N. Essick, D. Pierce/Blake and His Time (Indiana University Press, 1979), out of print

Robert N. Essick/The Works of William Blake at the Huntington Collections: A Complete Catalogue (Huntington Library Press, 1985)

Donald Ault, George Quasha/Narrative Unbound: Re-Visioning William Blake's The Four Zoas (Station Hill Press, 1987)
Robert N. Essick/William Blake and His Contemporaries and Followers: Selected Works from the Collection of Robert N. Essick: An Exhibition Catalogue (Huntington Library Press, 1987), out of print

S. Foster Damon, Morris Eaves/A Blake Dictionary: The Ideas and Symbols of William Blake, Revised Edition (Brown University Press, 1988)

Robert N. Essick/William Blake and the Language of Adam (Oxford University Press, 1989), out of print

Robert N. Essick/William Blake's Commercial Book Illustrations: A Catalogue and Study of the Plates Engraved by Blake after Designs by Other Artists (Oxford University Press, 1991), out of print

Michael Ferber/The Poetry of William Blake (Penguin, 1991), out of print
Morris Eaves/The Counter-Art Conspiracy: Art and Industry in the Age of Blake (Cornell University Press, 1992)

Robert N. Essick/William Blake at the Huntington: An Introduction to the William Blake Collection in the Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, San Marino, California (Abrams, 1994)

Christopher Heppner/Reading Blake's Designs (Cambridge University Press, 1995)

Robert N. Essick/A Troubled Past: William Blake's Virgil Wood Engravings (J. Windle, 1999)
Robert N. Essick/William Blake: Images and Texts (Huntington Library Press, 1999)

G.E. Bentley Jr./The Stranger from Paradise: A Biography of William Blake (Yale University Press, 2001), reprinted 2003

Morris Eaves ed./The Cambridge Companion to William Blake (Cambridge University Press, 2003)

Morton D. Paley/The Traveller in the Evening: The Last Works of William Blake (Oxford University Press, 2004)

R.F. Nelson/Blake's Progress (Laser Books, 1975)

Robert N. Essick ed./Visions of the Daughters of Albion (Huntington Library Press, 2003)

Robert N. Essick ed./Songs of Innocence and Experience (Huntington Library Press, 2008)