The Temple of Mirth 

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Resource details

Resource ID

13338

Access

Open

Title

The Temple of Mirth

Date of Original

1 February 1784

Special Collection

Bentley-Blake Collection

Creator

Blake, William, 1757-1827, engraver

Format

1 folded leaf : illustration ; 20.6 cm x 25 cm folded to 21 x 10 cm

Storage Location

Rare Books

Notes

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.

Catalogue Number

Blake Suppl. no.105 v.1-2

Copyright

Public Domain

Subject

English wit and humor -- Periodicals -- Early works to 1800.
Satire, English -- Periodicals -- Early works to 1800.

Sequence

s0105

Contributor(s)

Stothard, Thomas, 1755-1834, illustrator

Item

Art print

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