William Blake

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell



A Limited Edition of William Blake’s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell is now available to order. The first sets will be printed in April 2018. 

All 27 plates present in the 9 original copies of The Marriage of Heaven and Hell  are available to print. Each of the 27 plates will be printed monochrome in one of the colours of ink that Blake specially mixed to print the early copies, including brick red, charcoal black, charcoal green and raw umber. 

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 matching the Limited Edition sets of the Songs of Innocence and of Experience. Both Limited Edition sets are to be followed by a selection of eight plates each from America a ProphecyEurope a Prophecy and finally Jerusalem, presented in the same manner.

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. 

The price is £750.00 for the basic selection of 12 plates, £60.00 for each additional plate, and £1,650.00 for the complete set of 27 plates. For further information or to place an order please contact Michael Phillips.

This Limited Edition of The Marriage of Heaven and Hell is the second 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 Songs of Innocence and of Experience. Learn more about forthcoming limited editions by contacting Michael Phillips.