William Blake Collection


Item Listing
Vicki Principi

Graphic Arts Collection
Department of Rare Books and Special Collections
Princeton University Library

Consists of prints, drawings, and a watercolor by Blake. Includes an early example of Blake's colored printing attempts from The First Book of Urizen and an original watercolor that was reproduced in The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. Both items are framed and glazed and have bookplates and inscriptions from A. Edward and Caroline Newton on the frame backings. Also included are 22 engraved plates from Illustrations of the Book of Job.

Box 1 contents [Prints]:
C. Marius at Minturnum; engraving; 1797/12/01
The death of Cleopatra; engraving; 1797/12/01
Death of Lucretia; engraving; 1797/12/01
Mars and Rhea Silvia; engraving; 1797/12/01
Mrs. Q [copy 1]; stipple engraving (color); 1820/06/01
Mrs. Q [copy 2]; stipple engraving (color); 1820/06/01
Tornado; engraving; 1795/08/01
Wilson Lowry; engraving; 1825/01/01

Box 2 contents [Framed items]:
Death and Hell teem with life; watercolor; n.d.
Eternally I labour on; aquatint; 1794

Box 3 contents [Drawings]:
Untitled [Four donkeys, one wearing helmet and dragging enormous cross]; pencil; n.d.
Untitled [Sketch of two nudes]; pencil; n.d.
Untitled [Sketches of people in various groupings]; pencil; n.d.
Untitled [Sketches of people, grouped in three rows]; pencil; n.d.

Box 4 contents [Plates from Illustrations of the Book of Job, 1825/03/08]:
Title page
Plate 1: Thus did Job continually
Plate 2: When the Almighty was yet with me, when my children were about me
Plate 3: Thy sons & thy daughters were eating & drinking wine
Plate 4: And I only am escaped alone to tell thee
Plate 5: Then went Satan forth from the presence of the Lord
Plate 6: And smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head
Plate 7: And when they lifted up their eyes afar off & knew him not
Plate 8: Let the day perish wherein I was born
Plate 9: Then a spirit passed before my face, the hair of my flesh stood up
Plate 10: The just upright man is laughed to scorn
Plate 11: With dreams upon my bed thou scarest me & affrightest me with visions
Plate 12: I am young & ye are very old wherefore I was afraid
Plate 13: Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind
Plate 14: When the morning stars sang together, & all the sons of God shouted for joy
Plate 15: Behold now Behemoth which I made with thee
Plate 16: Thou hast fulfilled the judgment of the wicked
Plate 17: I have heard thee with the hearing of the ear but now my eye seeth thee
Plate 18: And my servant Job shall pray for you
Plate 19: Every one also gave him a piece of money
Plate 20: There were not found women fair as the daughters of Job
Plate 21: So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than the beginning

Drawer W7 contents [Folio]:
Chaucer's Canterbury pilgrims; photomechanical reproduction of engraving; n.d. [after 1810 original]
Job and his family restored to prosperity; pen and wash; ca. 1780