William Blake's experimental artistic technologies produced a formidably complex artistic legacy. The Blake Archive (www.blakearchive.org) set out on a mission to restore that legacy by digital means—an ecological effort to reintegrate dispersed and disaggregated textual and pictorial fragments. But more than a decade of collective experience has revealed that the Archive is concerned at least as much with recapitulation and recycling as with restoration, and as much with disciplined fragmentation as with integration. The best explanation for the Archive's place in the posthumous history of Blake's work is in terms of editorial settlements that are crafted, negotiated, and imposed by editors acting as the agents of posterity. Those settlements are active participants in dynamic systems. Through three distinguishable historical phases—radical normalization in the decades following Blake's death; consolidation and institutionalization in the twentieth century; and, most recently, a digital superconsolidation that is simultaneously progressive and conservative—the editorial history of Blake's art elucidates several fundamental characteristics of editorial theory and practice. It also reveals suggestive symptoms of an unsettled and unsettling future of work, hope, challenge, and compromise on the brink of the known editorial universe.
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- ———. Assisted by Deirdre Toomey. The Complete Graphic Works of William Blake. [London]: Thames and Hudson, 1978.
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- Erdman, David V., ed. The Complete Poetry and Prose of William Blake. New York: Doubleday, 1965. Quotations from Blake, followed by E and a page number, are cited from the final revision of Erdman’s edition, The Complete Poetry and Prose of William Blake. Berkeley and Los Angeles: U of California P, 1988.
- ———. The Illuminated Blake . . . All of William Blake’s Illuminated Works with a Plate-by-Plate Commentary. New York: Anchor, 1974.
- ———, ed. With the assistance of Donald K. Moore. The Notebook of William Blake: A Photographic and Typographic Facsimile. Oxford: Clarendon, 1973.
- ———, John E. Grant, Edward J. Rose, and Michael J. Tolley, eds. William Blake’s Designs for Edward Young’s Night Thoughts: A Complete Edition. 2 vols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1979.
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- ———. Engravings by William Blake: The Separate Plates. Dublin: Emery Walker, 1956.
- ———, ed. The Writings of William Blake. 3 vols. London: Nonesuch, 1925.
- ——— and Edwin Wolf II. William Blake’s Illuminated Books: A Census. New York: Grolier Club, 1953.
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- ———. Rev. of Eaves, The Cambridge Companion to Blake. Blake/An Illustrated Quarterly 38:4 (2005): 151-54.
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- ———. Rev. of facsimile of Blake, Jerusalem (Pearson, 1877). Academy 13 (1878): 14.
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The abbreviated list below omits many works that might have a significant role in a more comprehensive survey, including, as only one instance, even the most notable second and third editions of Blake’s writings. The Blake Archive’s bibliographies (http://www.blakearchive.org/blake/resources.html) are the most accessible supplement to what appears here.