First Book of Urizen


Page images - pictures and text - from William Blake’s 1794 “First Book of Urizen” using the copy helpd by the Library of Congress in the US; they published a digital fac-simile. The book is in the Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection. I have cropped the images so that only the actual printed part is here; originally the images were printed onto much larger paper. I also enlarged the images somewhat and did some simple colour correction. The smallest size image over 500 pixels (usually 600 or so pixels high) is the original size.

Oddly, the Library of Congress copy appears to be lacking some text. Since the page numbers are continuous, perhaps the pages were numbered later? I have supplied the missing text.

page view

[picture: 1.---Title page: The Book of Urizen]
[picture: 2.---Preludium to the book of Urizen]

2.—Preludium to the book of Urizen

PRELUDIUM TO the book of URIZEN [more...] [$]

[picture: 3.---Chapter I of Blake's Book of Urizen]
[picture: 4.---Urizen kneels.]

4.—Urizen kneels.

A full-page illustration of a naked man kneeling; Urizen himself, I presume; he crouches naked on one knee, his long white beard reaching down to lie on the ground next to his bare right foot. The background presumably shows the thunderous weather. There is no text on this page; I append some text that [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: 5.---The Book Revealed]

5.—The Book Revealed

Urizen (?) holds a giant open book inscribed with strange symbols; the text is as follows: [more...] [$]

[picture: 6.---Urizen in the Womb-like Globe]

6.—Urizen in the Womb-like Globe

Urizen floats naked in the darkness. Full-page illustration without text. [$]

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