Publisher: [London, 1670].
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Wing B-3152.
Condition: Edges rubbed; two silk ties lacking (two present); lacking the front free endpaper. Very nice copy.
Book ID: 17796
Description8vo, contemporary red morocco with elaborate gilt decorated patterns of floral ornaments, handles, knobs and shells on the covers, and five compartments on the spine with a repeating pattern of smaller handles and knobs around spider-like figures. Four engraved plates.
CommentsA famous example of a publication for charity. Several of these were bound for presentation in an elaborate fashion similar to this one, but those had individual presentation gilt stamps on the covers (See Mirjam Foot, "The Charity School Binder," The Book Collector, Spring, 1983). William Blake was the founder and keeper of the Ladies Charity School, a boarding house school for homeless or destitute children which was entirely dependent on charitable contributions. Here Blake thanks his patrons and appeals to other ladies for charity. The second part of the text, Silver Drops, or Serious Things, is a treatise by Blake on charity. Ink signature of Thomas Stedman, dated Oxford, 1763, on the front blank.