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Date:         Tue, 30 Sep 2008 06:16:29 +0100
From: Humanist Discussion Group <willard.mccarty-AT-MCCARTY.ORG.UK>
Subject: 22.237 update to the William Blake Archive
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               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 237.
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         Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2008 06:13:30 +0100
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         Subject: update to the William Blake Archive

Dear all,

Some recent news & publications from the William Blake Archive.

     Will Shaw

William Shaw
English and Comparative Literature
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


29 September 2008

The William Blake Archive <> is pleased to
announce the publication of electronic editions of copies L and R of
_The Book of Thel_. Copy L is in the Huntington Library and Art
Gallery and copy R is in the Mellon Collection, Yale Center for
British Art.

_The Book of Thel_ is dated 1789 by Blake on the title page, but the
first plate (Thel's Motto) and the last (her descent into the
netherworld) appear to have been completed and first printed in 1790,
while Blake was working on _The Marriage of Heaven and Hell_. Copies L
and R are from the first of three printings of _Thel_, during which
Blake produced at least thirteen copies, printed in five different
inks to diversify his stock. Copy L, for example, was printed in green
ink, copy R in brown ink; both are lightly finished in water colors.
Copies from this press run were certainly on hand when Blake included
the book in his advertisement "To the Public" of October 1793: "The
Book of Thel, a Poem in Illuminated Printing. Quarto, with 6 designs,
price 3s." Copies L and R join copies in the Archive from the other
two printings: copy F, printed and colored c. 1795, and copy O,
printed and colored c. 1818. They also join copies H and J from the
first printing; like copy L, both are printed in green ink and lightly
finished in water colors.

Like all the illuminated books in the Archive, the text and images of
_Thel_ copies L and R are fully searchable and are supported by our
Inote and ImageSizer applications. With the Archive's Compare feature,
users can easily juxtapose multiple impressions of any plate across
the different copies of this or any of the other illuminated books.
New protocols for transcription, which produce improved accuracy and
fuller documentation in editors' notes, have been applied to copies L
and R and to all the _Thel_ texts previously published.

With the publication of _Thel_ copies L and R, the Archive now
contains fully searchable and scalable electronic editions of sixty-
seven copies of Blake's nineteen illuminated books in the context of
full bibliographic information about each work, careful diplomatic
transcriptions of all texts, detailed descriptions of all images, and
extensive bibliographies. In addition to illuminated books, the
Archive contains many important manuscripts and series of engravings,
sketches, and water color drawings, including Blake's illustrations to
Thomas Gray's _Poems_, water color and engraved illustrations to
Dante's _Divine Comedy_, the large color printed drawings of 1795 and
c. 1805, the Linnell and Butts sets of the _Book of Job_ water colors
and the sketchbook containing drawings for the engraved illustrations
to the _Book of Job_, the water color illustrations to Robert Blair's
_The Grave_, and all nine of Blake's water color series illustrating
the poetry of John Milton.

As always, the William Blake Archive is a free site, imposing no
access restrictions and charging no subscription fees. The site is
made possible by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the
continuing support of the Library of Congress, and the cooperation of
the international array of libraries and museums that have generously
given us permission to reproduce works from their collections in the

Morris Eaves, Robert N. Essick, and Joseph Viscomi, editors
Ashley Reed, project manager, William Shaw, technical editor
The William Blake Archive

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