The Book of Thel: Illuminated Manuscript with the Original Illustrations of William Blake

December 8, 2020
The Book of Thel: Illuminated Manuscript with the Original Illustrations of William Blake

This carefully crafted ebook: "The Book of Thel (IlluminatedManuscript with the Original Illustrations of William Blake)" isformatted for your eReader with a functional table of contents.TheBook of Thel is a poem by William Blake, dated 1789 and probablycomposed in the period 1788 to 1790. It is illustrated by his ownplates, and is relatively short and easy to understand, compared tohis later prophetic books. The metre is a fourteen-syllable line.It was preceded by Tiriel, which Blake left in manuscript. A fewlines from Tiriel were incorporated into The Book of Thel. Most ofthe poem is in unrhymed verse.This book consists of eight platesexecuted in illuminated printing. Sixteen copies of the originalprint of 1789-1793 are known. Three copies bearing a watermark of1815 are more elaborately colored than the others.William Blake(1757—1827) was a British poet, painter, visionary mystic, andengraver, who illustrated and printed his own books. Blakeproclaimed the supremacy of the imagination over the rationalismand materialism of the 18th-century. Largely unrecognised duringhis lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in thehistory of both the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age.