The Temple of Mirth
1 February 1784
Blake, William, 1757-1827, engraver
1 folded leaf : illustration ; 20.6 cm x 25 cm folded to 21 x 10 cm
Folded plate opposite of title page, Vol. I, in: The Wit's magazine, or, Library of Momus : being a compleat repository of mirth, humour, and entertainment.
Size of image: 18 x 23 cm
Each monthly number has a fold-out frontispiece illustrating one of the issue's articles or poems.
Plates in first five numbers engraved by William Blake.
Editor and contributor to no. 1-4: Thomas Holcroft. Cf. NCBEL.
The frontispiece for the first number (Jan. 1784) exists as two quite separate plates with many striking differences. Cf. Bentley.
This copy has first version of the frontispiece for Jan. 1784, as described in G.E. Bentley's Blake books, pages 634-635.
See Catalogue Link below for full Victoria University Library catalogue record.
Blake Suppl. no.105 v.1-2
English wit and humor -- Periodicals -- Early works to 1800.
Satire, English -- Periodicals -- Early works to 1800.
Stothard, Thomas, 1755-1834, illustrator