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  • Paperback: 82 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; New Ed edition (July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192804898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192804891
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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"This is an excellent scholarly edition of one of Blake's most fascinating works, likely to become the defining text for generations to come. No one knows as much about Blake's work in this period as Michael Phillips and he uses his knowledge of the text, its context, and Blake's printing techniques to open up the question of what Blake thought he was doing with "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell"." --John Mee

--John Mee

"This edition of one of Blake's most potent and provocative books will give great pleasure both to Blake enthusiasts and to those new to his work."

--Tracy Chevalier

"A leading American Blake scholar once described the prospect of editing "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell" as 'a swamp filled with gators;' Michael Phillips has navigated his way with great skill through the problems of chronology, textual unity, technique, contemporary context and significance of Blake's strikingly witty, sardonic, quirky, cryptic product of his unique combination of text and illustration in his illuminated books. As well as the facsimile of Copy B, one of the earliest of the nine known copies of the book, there are twenty-one valuable supplementary color plates of comparable pages from other copies, including a full run of Plate 14 as it occurs in the nine copies produced between 1793 to the year of his death, 1827. The detailed commentary discusses both text and illustrations, and in the case of the illustrations is most helpfully accompanied by appropriate details from Blake's designs." -- Martin Butlin, formerly Keeper of the British Collection, Tate Gallery, London, editor of the catalogue raisonne of the Complete Paintings and Drawings of William Blake

--Martin Butlin

A leading American Blake scholar once described the prospect of editing "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell" as a swamp filled with gators; Michael Phillips has navigated his way with great skill through the problems of chronology, textual unity, technique, contemporary context and significance of Blake's strikingly witty, sardonic, quirky, cryptic product of his unique combination of text and illustration in his illuminated books. As well as the facsimile of Copy B, one of the earliest of the nine known copies of the book, there are twenty-one valuable supplementary color plates of comparable pages from other copies, including a full run of Plate 14 as it occurs in the nine copies produced between 1793 to the year of his death, 1827. The detailed commentary discusses both text and illustrations, and in the case of the illustrations is most helpfully accompanied by appropriate details from Blake's designs. Martin Butlin, formerly Keeper of the British Collection, Tate Gallery, London, editor of the catalogue raisonne of the Complete Paintings and Drawings of William Blake
--Martin Butlin"

This edition of one of Blake s most potent and provocative books will give great pleasure both to Blake enthusiasts and to those new to his work.
--Tracy Chevalier"

This is an excellent scholarly edition of one of Blake s most fascinating works, likely to become the defining text for generations to come. No one knows as much about Blake s work in this period as Michael Phillips and he uses his knowledge of the text, its context, and Blake s printing techniques to open up the question of what Blake thought he was doing with "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell." John Mee
--John Mee" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Largely unrecognized during his lifetime, William Blake was a visionary English poet, painter, and printmaker. His wide-ranging influence can be seen in genres from theology and literature to popular music and graphic novels. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


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I was disappointed to have paid for this to learn that is in in fact an excerpt, not the entire work.
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William Blake (1757-1827), was an accomplished poet and outstanding artist whose relation with the divine often caused him to be rediculed by his peers and ignored by his contempories. Although holding the Christian Bible in high esteem, and considering it a source of deep spirituality, nevertheless, he found the established Church, as a religious institution, to be very limited in its appreciation of the presence of god. In this respect, Blake viewed the human imagination as a device for a personal communication with the divine, linking god's 'grace', (or 'presence'), as being manifest in the structures of artistic creation.

The paperback (1992) edition is arranged in numbered pages i-xxvii - and pages 1-27. There are 27 Plates, the originals, (including both text and designs) were etched by Blake himself, upon copperplates, before these plates were used to prodice printed copies. These copies were then visually enhanced by the adding water-colours. Blake referred to this kind of work as 'illuminated', and it is interesting to consider that only nine copies are known to exist. The original is believed to have been started in 1789 and finished in 1790. The copy reproduced in this book is from one of two original copies held in the Fitzwilliam Musuem, Cambridge:

Publisher's Note.
Introduction.
The text of The Marriage of Heaven and Earth.
The facsimule of the Illuminated Plates.
Commentary by Sir Geoffrey Keynes (1887-1982).

Keynes qualified from Cambridge, and trained as a surgeon. He was considered the foremost authority on the literary and artistic work of Blake, and through his efforts did much to bring Blake's work in the public awareness. In this book Keynes reproduces the original, beautiful text and illustrations created by Blake's hand, and adds an authorative commentary to each. On the last page Blake writes 'For everything that lives is holy'. An extraordinary book worthy of study.
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Heaven and Hell is is one of the easier Blake books to read, something that is typical of his earlier work. Heaven and Hell shares many of the Milton'esque themes that Blake would develop later in his work. This book is worth a look if only for 'The Proverbs of Hell' and the Doors of Perception sections. The illuminated manuscript may be a bit of a shock to new readers of Blake, and really new readers should begin with Songs of Innocence and Experience anyway. Well worth buying if you're familiar with Blake's poetry, and worth pausing for a thought if you're not. The only problem really is that if you're a fan of Blake you don't really know which manuscript version that you're buying... but you'd have to be a hell of a fan to notice that much difference. I seem to remember something about this being the Oxford manuscript...
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This is a wonderful,lovingly illustrated book. Its vivid and biblical, and will give you an insight into Blake that few other books can. The angels of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction. Read it!
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