Publication Announcement – There is No Natural Religion copies A, D, and M

By Andrea H. Everett

There is No Natural Religion, copy M, object 2 (actual size)

The William Blake Archive is pleased to announce the publication of electronic editions of There is No Natural Religion copies A, D, and M, from the British Museum, Houghton Library, and Victoria and Albert Museum respectively. They join copy B, from Yale Center for British Art, copy C, from the Library of Congress, and copies G1-2 and L, from the Morgan Library and Museum. The Archive now has all seven extant copies of this illuminated book, making There is No Natural Religion the sixth illuminated book with its entire publishing history reproduced in the Archive, joining The Song of Los, Milton a Poem, All Religions are One, The Book of Ahania, and The Book of Los. The Archive will add The Marriage of Heaven and Hell to the list later this year. There is No Natural Religion was composed and executed in 1788, shortly after All Religions are One. These were Blake’s first works in illuminated printing, though no copy of either work survives from this date. Blake composed twenty plates for There is No Natural Religion plates in two antithetical sets (a and b series). …read more