The William Blake Archive is pleased to announce the publication of an electronic edition of The Book of Thel copy N and Enoch Walked with God, both in the Cincinnati Art Museum. We have also republished Songs of Innocence copy U with a more authoritative arrangement of the plates and an enhanced Copy Information page.
Thel is dated 1789 by Blake on the title page, but the first plate (Thel’s Motto) and the last (her descent into the netherworld) appear to have been completed and first printed in 1790, while Blake was working on The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. Copy N, never before reproduced, was printed and colored c. 1818 along with copy O. It is one of sixteen extant copies, ten of which are in the Blake Archive—including copy O—and four of which are in preparation for future publication. Like copy O, copy N was printed in orange ink on Ruse & Turners paper, watermarked 1815, beautifully colored, numbered by Blake in pen and ink, and bound with Thel’s Motto as the last instead of the first of the book’s eight plates. Unlike copy O, its plates have a single orange line framing …read more