A Blake Bibliography

A Blake Bibliography: Annotated Lists of Works, Studies, and Blakeana

G. E. BENTLEY
MARTIN K. NURMI
Copyright Date: 1964
Edition: NED - New edition
Pages: 416
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    A Blake Bibliography
    Book Description:

    The aim of this book is to list every reference to William Blake published between 1757 and 1863 and every criticism and edition of his works from the beginning to the present. Partly because of the deluge of scholarship in the last forty years, it includes perhaps twice as many titles as Sir Geoffrey Keynes’s great bibliography of 1921. An introductory essay on the history of Blake scholarship puts the most significant works into perspective, indicates the best work that has been done, and points to some neglected areas. In addition, all the most important references and many of the less significant ones are briefly annotated as to subject and value. Because many of the works are difficult to locate, specimen copies of all works published before 1831 have been traced to specific libraries. Each of Blake’s manuscripts is also traced to its present owner. Two areas which have received relatively novel attention are early references to Blake (before 1863) and important sale and exhibition catalogues of his works. In both areas there are significant number of important entries which have not been noticed before by Blake scholars. The section on Blake’s engravings for commercial works receives especially detailed treatment. A few of the titles listed here have not been described previously in connection with Blake.

    eISBN: 978-0-8166-6149-7
    Subjects: Language & Literature

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. iii-xiv)
  2. Tables of Symbols and Abbreviations
    (pp. xv-xvi)
  3. Table of Type-Printed References to Blake before 1863
    (pp. xvii-xviii)
  4. Table of Contents
    (pp. xix-2)
  5. Blake’s Reputation and Interpreters
    (pp. 3-30)

    During Blake’s lifetime, his reputation was fitful and erratic, wavering from heights of admiration in friendly patrons to depths of misunderstanding in the curious public. Blake’s friends enthusiastically introduced him to middleclass patrons, but his honest indignation (“the voice of God”) regularly and bitterly alienated them from him. Except for his last peaceful years among “The Ancients,” his stormy course is littered with shattered friendships and outraged criticisms of his personality and work. Unhappily, the preponderance of praise was private, though the denunciations were all too public.

    Blake’s reputation among his contemporaries was based, of course, upon his successes or...

  6. Blake’s Chronology
    (pp. 31-38)
    G. E. Bentley Jr.

    Largely because of Blake’s personal obscurity, there is a distressing amount of uncertainty about the composition and chronological order of his writings. Occasionally a given manuscript or etched work, such asThe Four ZoasandJerusalem, may have been composed and revised over a period of ten or more years. Internal stylistic evidence must often be our chief guide, and historical references can rarely be found to help date a work. In a few books (The French Revolution,The Four Zoas,Milton) the contents do not correspond to the title pages. Consequently anyone concerned with the chronological order of Blake’s...

  7. PART I Editions of Blake’s Writings
    (pp. 39-74)

    An unknown number of Blake’s works are lost. A few are specified by name below from references to them by Blake or his friends. We can only guess about works of which no record has survived. Many were clearly destroyed by Tatham. On November 9th 1862 Anne Gilchrist wrote (Anne Gilchrist: Her Life and Writings, ed. H. H. Gilchrist, London, 1887, pp. 129–130) that “He is the actual Tatham who knew Blake and enacted the holocaust of Blake manuscripts — not designs, I think, as I have heard from his own lips. . . . You know I believe...

  8. PART II Reproductions of Drawings and Paintings
    (pp. 75-82)

    Books whoseraison d’êtreis their reproduction of Blake’s paintings or drawings are organized alphabetically under the name of the author illustrated (Dante, Milton, etc.). Collections which include more than one author (e.g.,The Heads of the Poets) are listed alphabetically by title at the end of this section. Introducers, editors, etc., may all be found under suitable cross references in Part VI. Catalogues and exhibitions of Blake’s art are listed separately, in Part IV; books for which Blake made engravings and works about them are listed in Part III.

    296.Illustrations to the Divine Comedy of Dante by William Blake....

  9. PART III Engravings
    (pp. 83-170)

    “Engravings” in this section is taken to include line engravings, ordinary etchings, woodcuts — all the processes which Blake used to multiply designs to illustrate the works of other men.

    Books for which Blake designed or engraved plates are listed alphabetically under the name of the author of the book. In the case of periodicals, the name of the periodical determines the place in this list. BooksaboutBlake’s engravings are listed separately in alphabetical order, by title, at the end of this Part.Cataloguesof his engravings will naturally be found under Part IV, Catalogues, rather than under Engravings....

  10. PART IV Catalogues and Bibliographies
    (pp. 171-192)

    Catalogues and bibliographies of Blake’s literary and artistic work are organized by date, the earliest being 1780 and the latest 1960. Compilers, editors, introducers, etc., are cross-referenced in Part VI, and for the most important works (such as Keynes, Keynes & Wolf, or Russell) the reader will probably find it most convenient to locate his reference there first. Since the great majority of these works are catalogues that were issued anonymously, and since the reader is unlikely to remember the precise wording of the title in most cases, we have arranged these items chronologically rather than alphabetically by author or title....

  11. PART V Books Owned by Blake
    (pp. 193-212)

    The following list of books owned by Blake is organized alphabetically by author. Copies we were able to examine from the same editions that were in Blake’s own library are described and their location given in parentheses after the entry, e.g., “(Cambridge).” The annotated works also described by Keynes are indicated by square brackets at the end of the entry. For example, “[Keynes, 1921, item 17]” shows that the book is also given as the seventeenth item in Keynes’s 1921 bibliography of Blake. The information which associates these books with Blake, and the present location of Blake’s own copy, are...

  12. PART VI Biography and Criticism
    (pp. 213-360)

    This Part is also an index of writers — authors, editors, annotators, etc.—who appear in other Parts or who appear as joint-authors, editors, etc. in this Part. Cross references to authors appear only in this Part. The Index proper is for subjects, and also for authors who are mentioned in our commentsaboutworks.

    604.† A. “A Fairy’s Funeral.”New York Mirror, XI (June 21, 1831), 406. ✠ A poem inspired by the anecdote in Cunningham about Blake’s having attended a fairy’s funeral. This is apparently the first U.S. poem inspired by Blake. It is not related to “The...

  13. NOTE ON MUSICAL SETTINGS
    (pp. 361-366)
    M. K. Nurmi
  14. INDEX
    (pp. 367-393)