Samuel Palmer 1805-1881 his Circle and its Relation to Blake
No Place No Publisher. c.1950.
Unpublished manuscript history of Palmer's circle, written and illustrated by an accomplished artist with fine gouache and ink facsimiles of a number of Palmer and Blake's best known works. Quarter buckram over cloth covered boards; 8vo; title in ink to upper board. Sixteen pages and eight gouache, pen and ink drawings. Plate 1. A realisation of 'In a Shoreham Garden', painted by Palmer in 1829. Plate 2. Ruth returned from the Gleaning, the original is now in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Plate 3. Four wood engravings illustrating Virgil's first eclogue by William Blake. Plate 4. A valley thick with corn, a sepia drawing of 1825 by Palmer. Plate 5. Oak tree and Beech in Lullingstone Park by Palmer. Plate 6. Cornfield by Moonlight with the evening star by Palmer. Plate 7. The Cyder Feast, engraving by Edward Calvert. Plate 8. The Towered City, Illustrations to L'Allegro by Palmer. All the plates are superbly done, especially numbers 4 and 6. The text which runs to around 3000 words is a mix of history and interpretation and as with the illustrations is by an unknown hand. The text is followed by a brief bibliography, crediting John Piper, A.H. Palmer and Binyon. Fine, just a little wear to the boards.