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Walking Round Cambridge with William Blake:

Auguries of Innocence, illustrated by Rose Harries

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William Blake's Auguries of Innocence is not an easy text, for despite the nursery-rhyme simplicity of couplets like: 
'A robin red breast in a cage/Puts all heaven in a rage', the moral world he created is a difficult place to try to inhabit, even if only while reading. Like Shakespeare or Homer, though, each reading reveals new shades of meaning.


Rose Harries was a stranger to Blake's couplets until 2007 when she spent some time with Blake and his Auguries, walking the streets of Cambridge with a sketchbook, fitting her impressions of the poem with the modern scenes of street-life. Not surprisingly, her line drawings open the text in a new way, prompting the reader to a fresh view of a complex masterpiece.

Walking Round Cambridge with William Blake is hand set in 18 point Baskerville and printed on Zerkall paper in black text with sanguine illustrations. Fifty-two pages bound in quarter cloth and decorated paper over boards, the book is 10 3/4 x 7 1/2 inches.

This is another great text for binders: four sections, with end papers included.

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Last updated 23 June 2016 by K. Whalen