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Date: Sat, 14 Jun 2008 14:24:23 +0100
From: "Humanist Discussion Group \(by way of Willard McCarty              <>\)" <willard-AT-LISTS.VILLAGE.VIRGINIA.EDU>
Subject: 22.067 update for the William Blake Archive
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                Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 67.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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         Date: Sat, 14 Jun 2008 14:11:20 +0100
         From: Humanist Discussion Group <>
         Subject: update for the William Blake Archive

[Sent on behalf of William Shaw / --WM]

12 June 2008

The William Blake Archive <> is pleased to
announce the publication of the electronic editions of _The Marriage
of Heaven and Hell_ copies K, L, and M [go to Archive/Works/
Illuminated Books/Marriage]. The Archive is also publishing the
collection list for the Victoria University Library in Toronto and
Alexander Gourlay's revised Glossary of Terms, Names, and Concepts in
Blake [go to Archive/Resources for Further Research and Archive/About
Blake respectively].

Blake etched twenty-seven plates for _Marriage_ in relief in 1790.
Copy K is an early printing of plates 21-24, and copies L and M are
early printings of plates 25-27, "A Song of Liberty." Copy K is in the
Fitzwilliam Museum, copy L is in the Essick Collection, and copy M,
formerly in the Bentley Collection, is in the Victoria University
Library. Only nine complete copies of the _Marriage_ are known to
exist; copies K, L, and M, apparently printed as autonomous pamphlets,
join six complete copies previously published in the Archive (and now
republished with corrected transcriptions).

The four plates of copy K were printed in black ink on both sides of a
single sheet of wove paper, folded down the middle after printing to
form two leaves. Plate 21 is in its first state and the vignette on
plate 24 is missing, probably masked during printing but possibly not
yet executed. In copies L and M, plate 25 is in its first state, and
thus these copies were also printed very early in the production
process; in copy M, the eight lines of the "Chorus" on plate 27 were
masked during printing. The plates were printed on single sheets
folded down the middle to form pamphlets of two leaves. Copy L was
printed in brownish-black on laid paper and copy M was printed in
grayish-black on wove paper.

Like all the illuminated books in the Archive, the text and images of
_Marriage_ copies K, L, and M 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 all copies of _Marriage_ in the Archive.

With the publication of _Marriage_ copies K, L, and M, the Archive now
contains fully searchable and scalable electronic editions of sixty-
five 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 the water color illustrations to John Milton's
_Paradise Regained_, _L'Allegro_, and _Il Penseroso_, as well as the
Butts and Thomas sets of illustrations to Milton's _Comus_, _Nativity_
ode, and _Paradise Lost_.

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

William Shaw /
UNC-Chapel Hill Department of English


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