Songs of Innocence and Experience. Photographs by Joel-Peter Witkin. Poetry by William Blake. Edited and with an introduction by John Wood. Designed by Carolyn Eckert. 21st Editions, Steven Albahari, South Dennis, MA, 2004. Unpaged. Large quarto. First edition, first printing. Boldly signed across the inside front cover. Special "Classic" boxed edition of 915 copies. This copy additionally INSCRIBED and SIGNED on half-title page, 'To____/'. Cloth-covered boards with tipped-on cover image. 62 ten-color reproductions. Custom white cloth-covered clamshell box.
"40 never before published images of Witkin's most recent work (including stunning color plates) seamlessly blend with 22 classic images from our recent Platinum Series titles. This is the first photographic book printed in a new 10 color, ultra high-resolution process on lush 100% cotton Arches paper. There are very few books of English poetry that exist in more editions than these Songs, but no edition before now has ever attempted to re-see Blake's actual Vision in the fabric of a later time. Witkin's Blake is as important a contribution to art as it is to mystical thought. The words of the greatest Western visionary of the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries have now been translated into visual images by the greatest Western visionary of the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries, yet the timeless content of their work is the same."--the publisher
Fine+; case is Fine- with a trace of rubbing to rear; inside cover lightly scuffed from contact with book.