BLAKE, William -- Edward YOUNG. The Complaint, and the Consolation; or, Night Thoughts. London: R.Noble for Richard Edwards, 1797 [watermarked 1794].
Large 4° (416 x 320mm). 43 pages with engraved border illustrations by William Blake. (15 illustrations slightly shaved, small repaired marginal tears to final 'Explanation' leaf, occasional very light soiling.) Near-contemporary red straight-grained morocco, covers tooled with wide decorative border in gilt and blind, spine in seven compartments with raised bands, lettered in the second, the others tooled in gilt, g.e. (extremities slightly scuffed). Provenance: Earl of Bective (courtesy title of eldest son of the Marquis of Headfort, Underley Hall armorial bookplate); Dr. Greville Matheson MacDonald (Blake collector, bookplate); George Goyder (armorial bookplate).
A FINE COPY WITH A DISTINGUISHED PROVENANCE. Dr. MacDonald, the eldest son of novelist George MacDonald, assembled a wide-ranging collection of Blake's works, many of which were offered for sale by Francis Edwards (probably in 1930). Bentley 515; Bindman 337-379.