William Blake

Songs of Innocence and of Experience

A selection of 41 plates printed by Michael Phillips on the replica of William Blake’s rolling press in Christ Church Upper Library, OXFORD MMXVI.

 
William Blake's replica rolling press

Replica of William Blake’s rolling press

 
 

The edition is limited to 20 sets. Each set contains 41 impressions listed below. Sets are printed either in very dark, blue-black ink, or, using greater pressure, in thinner, blue-green ink. Printing with greater pressure creates an embossment, or ‘ghost,’ of the relief-etched copper plate, giving the impression a three-dimensional quality. Examples of both may be seen below. 

Each set is printed on hand-made wove paper by W. S. Hodgkinson and Co. around 1927 and presented in an archival drop-back box. Included in each set is a bound pamphlet printed in letterpress describing how the replica relief-etched copper plates were made and printed. The colophon notes the number of the set in the edition and that the letterpress has been set in Bell types and hand-printed by Paul W. Nash at the Strawberry Press, Moreton-in-Marsh. 

Because of fluctuations in the exchange rate, please contact Michael for a quotation in your currency. 

In format, the Limited Edition of the Songs of Innocence and of Experience matches that of the Limited Edition of all 27 plates of The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, also available. These will be followed by sets of eight plates each from America a ProphecyEurope a Prophecy and finally Jerusalem, to be presented in the same way.

Individual plates of the Songs, or sets of plates, for example, of ‘The Lamb’ and ‘The Tyger,’ may also be ordered separately and printed to order. 



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Songs of Innocence and of Experience, 1794

1. General title page, Songs of Innocence and of Experience, 1794, 114 x 70 mm

Songs of Innocence, 1789

2. Frontispiece, 113 x 72 mm
3. Title page, 122 x 76 mm
4. Introduction, 123 x 78 mm
5. The Shepherd, 113 x 75 mm
6. The Ecchoing Green (Plate 1), 118 x 70 mm
7. The Lamb, 123 x 78 mm
8. Holy Thursday, 117 x 79 mm
9. The Chimney Sweeper, 114 x 75 mm
10. Nurses Song, 118 x 79 mm
11. The Divine Image, 114 x 72 mm
12. The Little Boy Lost, 121 x 74 mm
13. The Little Boy Found, 119 x 74 mm
14. The Little Girl Lost, 114 x 66 mm
15. The Little Girl Found, 112 x 70 mm
16. The Little Girl Found (continued), 113 x 71 mm
17. A Cradle Song, 115 x 74 mm
18. A Cradle Song (continued), 113 x 71 mm
19. The Little Black Boy, 115 x 70 mm
20. The Little Black Boy (continued), 113 x 68 mm
21. On Anothers Sorrow, 118 x 75 mm
22. The Voice of the Ancient Bard, 118 x 66 mm

Songs of Experience, 1793/94

23. Frontispiece, 113 x 73 mm
24. Title page, 127 x 74 mm
25. Introduction, 126 x 75 mm
26. Earth’s Answer, 118 x 73 mm
27. The Tyger, 113 x 64 mm
28. Holy Thursday, 117 x 74 mm
29. The Chimney Sweeper, 112 x 69 mm
30. Nurses Song, 114 x 70 mm
31. The Human Abstract, 114 x 68 mm
32. London, 112 x 69 mm
33. The Clod & the Pebble, 115 x 74 mm
34. The Fly, 123 x 74 mm
35. The Sick Rose, 114 x 68 mm
36. A Poison Tree, 112 x 71 mm
37. My Pretty Rose Tree, Ah Sun-Flower, The Lilly, 112 x 72 mm
38. A Little Boy Lost, 113 x 72 mm
39. A Little Girl Lost, 124 x 76 mm
40. To Tirzah, 117 x 75 mm
41. A Divine Image, 112 x 69 mm.

For images of all of the Songs of Innocence and Experience, please see the Prints Available to Purchase page.