William Blake

Songs of Innocence and of Experience

A selection of 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

William Blake's replica rolling press

 
 

A Limited Edition of William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience is available to order.  

The edition is limited to 20 sets. Each set is printed to order on hand-made wove paper by W. S. Hodgkinson and Co. around 1927 and presented in an archival drop-back box. The blue-green ink specially mixed to print each set matches the colour of ink Blake used to print early copies of the Songs in the 1790s.

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. 

Few sets remain. Price on Request. For further information or to place an order please contact Michael Phillips.


16 Plates of the Limited Edition

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

Songs of Innocence

2. Frontispiece, 113 x 72 mm
3. Title page, 122 x 76 mm
4. The Lamb, 123 x 78 mm
5. Holy Thursday, 117 x 79 mm
6. The Chimney Sweeper, 114 x 75 mm
7. Nurses Song, 118 x 79 mm
8. The Divine Image, 114 x 72 mm

Songs of Experience

9. Frontispiece, 113 x 73 mm
10. Title page, 127 x 74 mm
11. The Tyger, 113 x 64 mm
12. Holy Thursday, 117 x 74 mm
13. The Chimney Sweeper, 112 x 69 mm
14. Nurses Song, 114 x 70 mm
15. London, 112 x 69 mm
16. A Divine Image, 112 x 69 mm

 
 

Additional Plates

Additional plates from the Songs may be selected from the list below to increase the total up to 41 plates per set. The entire suite of impressions will then be printed to order.
 

Songs of Innocence

17. Introduction, 123 x 78 mm
18. The Shepherd, 113 x 75 mm
19. The Echoing Green (Plate 1), 118 x 70 mm
20. The Little Boy Lost, 121 x 74 mm
21. The Little Boy Found, 119 x 74 mm
22. The Little Girl Lost, 114 x 66 mm
23. The Little Girl Found, 112 x 70 mm
24. The Little Girl Found (continued), 113 x 71 mm
25. A Cradle Song, 115 x 74 mm
26. A Cradle Song (continued), 113 x 71 mm
27. The Little Black Boy, 115 x 70 mm
28. The Little Black Boy (continued), 113 x 68 mm
29. On Anothers Sorrow, 118 x 75 mm
30. The Voice of the Ancient Bard, 118 x 66 mm

Songs of Experience

31. Introduction, 126 x 75 mm
32. Earth's Answer, 118 x 73 mm
33. The Human Abstract, 114 x 68 mm
34. The Clod & the Pebble, 115 x 74 mm
35. The Fly, 123 x 74 mm
36. The Sick Rose, 114 x 68 mm
37. A Poison Tree, 112 x 71 mm
38. My Pretty Rose Tree, Ah Sun-Flower, The Lilly, 112 x 72 mm
39. A Little Boy Lost, 113 x 72 mm
40. A Little Girl Lost, 124 x 76 mm
41. To Tirzah, 117 x 75 mm


This Limited Edition of the Songs is the first in a series of very small limited editions of hand-printed plates from Blake’s illuminated books that will include sets of plates from The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (c. 1793), America a Prophecy (1793), Europe a Prophecy (1794) and Jerusalem (1804-20). Each set will be presented in a similar manner to the Songs of Innocence and of Experience. For enquiries please contact Michael Phillips.