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Bunyan, The Pilgrim's Progress 1942 William Blake Plate
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"The Pilgrim's Progress", by John Bunyan illustrated with 12 color plates by William Blake, published by Heritage Press, New York in 1942, First Edition after the Limited Edition of 1500 numbered copies published by Limited Editions Club in 1941 [LEC contains 29 color plates].

"The Blake's pictures to "Pilgrim's Progress' were for the first time exhibited and published 117 years after their creation. 1824' completed pictures were shown in the public exhibition for first time in Knoedler Galleries, New York in October-November, 1941 and at the same time they were published by the Limited Editions Club (1500 numbered copies). After that followed the Heritage Press edition.
"William Blake's treatment of color and composition can be compared with Marc Chagall's; the expressive power resemble Dali's art. But those stunning 'modern' pictures were created by Blake in 1820s, the era of New Classic and Romantic. William Blake was indeed a visionary."

"William Blake (1757-1827), born in 1757, nearly 70 years after Banyan's death, can now be seen in his true proportions, ... he was a painter of the highest originality... He spent his life in the assiduous prosecution of his craft as an engraver on copper and of his art as writer and painter.
His first big venture as an illustrator was the series of 537 large water-colour designs for Young's "Night Thoughts", begun about 1795, and partly engraved in 1797. This was followed about 1801 by 114 water-colour drawings for the Poems of Thomas Gray, none of which were engraved. For many years after this Blake's main output as an illustrator was concerned with the works of Milton.

Nearly every one of Milton's major poems, except "Samson Agonistes", was furnished with a set of elaborate water-colour drawings, and several of these were done more than once. Particularly notable are the magnificent sets of designs illustrating "Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained", which by themselves prove Blake to have supreme qualities as the translator of poetical conceptions into the realm of vision.
Finally during the last years of his life, Blake was engaged on his most celebrated works, the "Illustrations of the Book of Job" and the unfinished series of over 100 large designs of Dante's "Inferno", upon which he was working at the time of his death in 1827.

It has long been known that, in addition to this single print, Blake made a series of water-color drawings illustrating "The Pilgrim's Progress". ...Lord Crewe (who is in possession of these drawings) appreciated the great beauty of the drawings.

A careful examination of the drawings made it possible to determine the approximate date of their execution. The water-mark in the paper, wherever it appeared, was that of J. Whatman, associated with various parts of the date 1824. The water colours cannot, therefore, have been made before that year, and since Blake was not in the habit of carrying large stocks of drawing paper, but tended rather to buy it as he needed it, it is probable that 1824 was the actual year of their composition.
The drawings are, as already mentioned, on Whatman paper with portions of the watermark J. WHATMAN / 1824 visible in many of them. All except one have wide margins, and are hinged on cardboard mounts so that they can be readily examined. A few have a word or two scribbled in the margin by Blake. None has any full inscription in his hand, nor is there any signature. ...GEOFFREY KEYNES, March, 1941"

JOHN BUNYAN (1628-1688) was born at Elstow, Bedfordshire, England, in November, 1628. Bunyan's book was written over 400 years ago, as a result of a vivid dream he had while in prison for preaching the Gospel. After 400 years, it still remains very popular. "The Pilgrim's Progress" is considered to be Bunyan's best work.

The most well-known allegory ever written, this journey of the protagonist, Christian, is simultaneously filled with vivid and full human portraits of its characters.

The first edition of "The Pilgrim's Progress" in 1678 was followed by others with additions, and in 1684 by the second part. "The Life and Death of Mr. Badman" appeared in 1680.

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US: Priority (c 2-4 days) - $7.50

Canada:
Priority (c 2-6 weeks) -- $25.50
Express (c 5-7 days) --- $42.50

World:
Priority (c 2-8 weeks) -- $35.50
Express (c 5-10 days) --- $64.50
Condition
Original slipcase (a little wear); hardcover with original decorated cloth; 6.1/4" x 9.1/2"; 189 pages + colophon on special high quality paper + 12 color plates; very good near fine condition, rare in such condition.
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"The Pilgrim's Progress", by John Bunyan illustrated with 12 color plates by William Blake, published by Heritage Press, New York in 1942, First Edition after the Limited Edition of 1500 numbered copies published by Limited Editions Club in 1941 [LEC contains 29 color plates].

"The Blake's pictures to "Pilgrim's Progress' were for the first time exhibited and published 117 years after their creation. 1824' completed pictures were shown in the public exhibition for first time in Knoedler Galleries, New York in October-November, 1941 and at the same time they were published by the Limited Editions Club (1500 numbered copies). After that followed the Heritage Press edition.
"William Blake's treatment of color and composition can be compared with Marc Chagall's; the expressive power resemble Dali's art. But those stunning 'modern' pictures were created by Blake in 1820s, the era of New Classic and Romantic. William Blake was indeed a visionary."

"William Blake (1757-1827), born in 1757, nearly 70 years after Banyan's death, can now be seen in his true proportions, ... he was a painter of the highest originality... He spent his life in the assiduous prosecution of his craft as an engraver on copper and of his art as writer and painter.
His first big venture as an illustrator was the series of 537 large water-colour designs for Young's "Night Thoughts", begun about 1795, and partly engraved in 1797. This was followed about 1801 by 114 water-colour drawings for the Poems of Thomas Gray, none of which were engraved. For many years after this Blake's main output as an illustrator was concerned with the works of Milton.

Nearly every one of Milton's major poems, except "Samson Agonistes", was furnished with a set of elaborate water-colour drawings, and several of these were done more than once. Particularly notable are the magnificent sets of designs illustrating "Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained", which by themselves prove Blake to have supreme qualities as the translator of poetical conceptions into the realm of vision.
Finally during the last years of his life, Blake was engaged on his most celebrated works, the "Illustrations of the Book of Job" and the unfinished series of over 100 large designs of Dante's "Inferno", upon which he was working at the time of his death in 1827.

It has long been known that, in addition to this single print, Blake made a series of water-color drawings illustrating "The Pilgrim's Progress". ...Lord Crewe (who is in possession of these drawings) appreciated the great beauty of the drawings.

A careful examination of the drawings made it possible to determine the approximate date of their execution. The water-mark in the paper, wherever it appeared, was that of J. Whatman, associated with various parts of the date 1824. The water colours cannot, therefore, have been made before that year, and since Blake was not in the habit of carrying large stocks of drawing paper, but tended rather to buy it as he needed it, it is probable that 1824 was the actual year of their composition.
The drawings are, as already mentioned, on Whatman paper with portions of the watermark J. WHATMAN / 1824 visible in many of them. All except one have wide margins, and are hinged on cardboard mounts so that they can be readily examined. A few have a word or two scribbled in the margin by Blake. None has any full inscription in his hand, nor is there any signature. ...GEOFFREY KEYNES, March, 1941"

JOHN BUNYAN (1628-1688) was born at Elstow, Bedfordshire, England, in November, 1628. Bunyan's book was written over 400 years ago, as a result of a vivid dream he had while in prison for preaching the Gospel. After 400 years, it still remains very popular. "The Pilgrim's Progress" is considered to be Bunyan's best work.

The most well-known allegory ever written, this journey of the protagonist, Christian, is simultaneously filled with vivid and full human portraits of its characters.

The first edition of "The Pilgrim's Progress" in 1678 was followed by others with additions, and in 1684 by the second part. "The Life and Death of Mr. Badman" appeared in 1680.

Please let us know if you prefer other shipping option, we will adjust shipping price with invoice.

US: Priority (c 2-4 days) - $7.50

Canada:
Priority (c 2-6 weeks) -- $25.50
Express (c 5-7 days) --- $42.50

World:
Priority (c 2-8 weeks) -- $35.50
Express (c 5-10 days) --- $64.50
Condition
...
Original slipcase (a little wear); hardcover with original decorated cloth; 6.1/4" x 9.1/2"; 189 pages + colophon on special high quality paper + 12 color plates; very good near fine condition, rare in such condition.

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