London: Nonesuch Press, 1925. Three quarto volumes. xviii, 364; vii, 397; vii, 430pp. One of 1,500 copies printed on handmade paper. The complete text of Blake's known writings, along with the variant readings. With a photogravure frontispiece of Blake's death mask by Emery Walker and sixty collotype plates of Blake's drawings and paintings to illustrate the poems. In A History of the Nonesuch Press, John Dreyfus writes that Francis Meynell regarded this set "as one of the two 'most useful and generally creditable of Nonesuch publications' -- the other being the seven-volume Shakespeare which came later." Bound in quarter vellum and marbled paper, gilt-titled to spines. This copy has been protected in plain dust wrappers printed with "Blake" and the volume numerals to the spines. Corners slightly bumped, dust wrappers lightly toned to spines, and with a few spots to the front panel of the dust wrapper of volume one, else a fine set. A pencil note to the front endpaper inscribed by the legendary bookseller Herman Cohen of the Chiswick Book Shop indicates that this is the only dust wrapper he had ever seen on this set; no indication of dust wrappers is recorded in the Nonesuch bibliography. Below the note, Cohen has written, "Bruce Rogers's best friend in England." The front past-down of each volume bears the bookplate of A. T. Bartholomew, noted Cambridge University librarian and bibliographer, and close friend of both Geoffrey Keynes and Bruce Rogers. Item #25308
(Dreyfus 24, p. 30).