William Blake: An Introduction - Edited by Anne MalcolmsonConstable Young Books, 1967, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with several short, closed tears. Price Clipped. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight.
From the cover: “Many of William Blake’s contemporaries thought the visionary poet-artist a madman, for his prophecies and mysticism ran counter to the sensibilities of the Age of Reason. Sane or mad, however, Blake left behind him a body of poetry that is one of the glories of English literature, richly metaphorical and burning with his belief in the freedom of the human spirit. Blake’s passionate rebellion against all forms of constraint is as timely now as it was in the eighteenth century, and his vision of man free to realize his best potential makes a direct appeal to young readers. Using the method that proved so effective in A Taste of Chaucer, Anne Malcolmson has written an introductory chapter that sets Blake — the man and the poet — in the perspective of his times and provides, as well, a guide to his symbolism. Selections from some of the early poems, from the manuscripts, from Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience, as well as a few passages from the prophetic books, follow, with notes to explain the text where necessary. In addition, some of Blake’s own extraordinary pictures are included, eight of them in full colour. Miss Malcolmson’s enthusiasm for her subject is contagious. Lucid, literate, and informative, this is a fine presentation of a strange and fascinating figure of English art and literature. With illustrations from William Blake’s paintings and engravings”