The Life of William Blake
Two volumes in One
With 135 illustrations, maps, plans, etc
Paul P B Minet, Chicheley, 1972.
Originally published by Thomas Wright, Olney, Bucks, 1929.
This edition limited to 750 copies. This copy unnumbered.
Hardback; 195 x 250 mm; blue boards with silver titles on spine; 360 pages. No dust jacket.
The book is in good condition. The binding is sound though the book is slightly cocked. Some marks on the covers with a little wear to the edges and joints. Very slight fading of the spine. A little marking of page ends.
“I have been fifteen years writing this book; and as founder of the Blake Society, and also as its Secretary during the whole of that period, I have had advantages which, I suppose, few others have enjoyed. I am aware that no human work can be perfect; but I have certainly taken infinite pains. All along I have endeavoured to keep strictly to incontrovertible facts; therefore prominence is given to the gleanings from the numerous unpublished letters of Blake's friends which have passed through my hands. These throw a flood of new light on Blake, and I flatter myself that for the first time Blake has been made really to live. If I have indulged here and there in theory, it is only when I have been convinced by an overwhelming mass of evidence that I am justified in the conclusions to which I have come. The theories respecting Leutha and Gwendolen are original, but a minute study of the Jerusalem and other works leaves no doubt whatever in my own mind as to their correctness, and I believe that every unbiased reader will agree with me. Long ago, D. G. Rossetti timidly suggested that Hand was Leigh Hunt, but he offered no convincing proofs. A careful examination of Jerusalem and of other sources of information has satisfied me that Rossetti, although nobody agreed with him, was really right. My citations from these various sources, and the pictures which I reproduce, prove our contention to the hilt. Rossetti imagined, however, that Blake had in his mind only Leigh Hunt; but, as I have shown, the three Hunts are intended, and I do not think that anyone, after reading my pages, can come to a different conclusion….”