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Publication: EUROPE Copies C & F

The William Blake Archive is pleased to announce the publication of digital editions of Europe a Prophecy Copies C and F, from Houghton Library, Harvard University, and the Berg Collection, New York Public Library, respectively. They join Copies A, B, D, E, G, H, and K already available in the Archive.

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Publication: TO THE PUBLIC [Prospectus 1793]

The William Blake Archive is pleased to announce the publication of a digital edition of To the Public, dated “October 10, 1793.” It first came to light in Gilchrist’s Life of Blake, 1863, where it was introduced with a brief heading that described “a characteristic Prospectus issued by Blake.” It had been transcribed from an “original…in engraved writing printed in blue on a single leaf about 11 x 7 ½ inches…obtained only at the last moment” from a “Mr. Frost”-perhaps William Edward Frost, a painter, member of the Royal Academy, and sometime collector of engravings by Blake’s friend Thomas Stothard (Bentley, Blake Books Supplement, page 142). Like several of Blake’s letters, then, his 1793 prospectus is known only from the transcription of unknowable accuracy from Gilchrist’s biography.

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