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William Blake

Carr reported that he started his series of small books with John Clare, Andrew Marvell and William Blake (1757-1787), a painter, printer and poet. Clare was published in 1964, but I don't think that Carr published Marvell and Blake until 1967.

In the History of the QTP in 1987 Carr reported that he had published eight editions, but there are probably ten, including two issued after 1987. Carr said that Blake was one of his best sellers. If each edition was of 3,000 copies, then he sold 30,000 copies of the poems of William Blake.

Carr assigned three ISBNs to books of poems by Blake: 0900847239, Poems, which is not dated in the ISBN database; 0900847301, 12 poems, which is dated April 1972; and 0900847387, 12 poems, which is dated May 1974. My assesment of which editions have ISBNs is pure guess work.

There are copies of this small book in the British Library, the Library of Congress, Brigham Young University, the University of Vermont and the University of Tulsa, in the USA.




SBP-BLA1: First edition

Publisher: J.L. Carr at 27 Mill Dale Road, Kettering 4995

Year: 1967

ISBN: none given
Size: 125 x 96 mm
Pagination: 16 pp
Staples: one
Binding: printed glossy card covers
Paper: white
Editor: (J.L. Carr)
Cover artist: bust of Blake, maker not stated
Internal illustrations: none
Colophon: none
Number in series: none given
Telephone number: 4995
Printing history: none stated
Number of other titles listed: none
Printed by: Dalkeith Press Limited, Dalkeith Place, Kettering, 9534D

Content: The first line of each poem: And did those feet in ancient time; Is this a holy thing to see; I wander thro' each chartered street; I went to the garden of love; Never pain to tell thy love; How sweet I roam'd from field to field; I was angry with my friend; To see a world in a grain of sang; Tyger! Tyger! burning bright; He who binds himself to joy; He who mocks the infant's faith; My mother bore me in the southern wild; I travel'd thro' a land of men; quotation.


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Notes: The subtitle on the first page is England awake! awake! awake!. It was printed by the Dalkeith Press, one of the the first printers that Carr used, and does not have a colophon. Unlike the first impression of John Clare it was not published by the Northants Campaigner, but by J.L. Carr. Carr gave up teaching in 1967 but he continued to edit the Northants Campaigner, the N.U.T. magazine, until 1970.




SBP-BLA2: Second impression

Publisher: J.L. Carr Published, 27 Milldale, Kettering 4995

Year: 197?
ISBN: 0900847239
Size: 130 x 94 mm
Pagination: 16 pp
Staples: one
Binding: glossy printed card covers
Paper: white
Editor: (J.L. Carr)
Cover artist: (William Blake)
Internal illustrations:
Number in series: none given
Colophon: sun face with name above and address below
Telephone number: 4995
Printing history: none stated
Number of other titles listed: none
Printed by: Harry Richardson (Printers) Limited, Water Street, Kettering

Content: Brief biography; And did those feet in ancient time; Is this a holy thing to see; I wander thro' each chartered street; I went to the garden of love; Never pain to tell thy love; How sweet I roam'd from field to field; I was angry with my friend; To see a world in a grain of sang; Tyger! Tyger! burning bright; He who binds himself to joy; He who mocks the infant's faith; My mother bore me in the southern wild; I travel'd thro' a land of men; quotation.


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Notes: This could be the second edition as it has a similar cover design to the first, which was probably the first edition of Blake to be given an ISBN. It has a colophon but no other titles are listed, so it is early. The book was issued in a Florin Poets series with at least three others: Marvell 2, D.G. Rossetti and Tennyson' Lincolnshire Verse. A florin was a coin of 2 shillings, now 10 pence.




SBP-BLA3: Third impression

Publisher: J.L. Carr Publisher, 27 Milldale, Kettering 4995

Year: 1972
ISBN: 0900847301
Size: 129 x 95 mm
Pagination: 16 pp
Staples: one
Binding: glossy printed card covers
Paper: white
Editor: (J.L. Carr)
Cover artist: (J.L. Carr, William Hogarth, Blake?)
Internal illustrations: none
Number in series: none stated
Colophon: sun face with publisher above, address below
Telephone number: 4995
Printing history: none stated
Number of other titles listed: 10
Printed by: Harry Richardson (Printers) Ltd., Water Street, Kettering

Content: Brief biography; And did those feet in ancient time; Is this a holy thing to see; I wander thro' each chartered street; I went to the garden of love; Never pain to tell thy love; How sweet I roam'd from field to field; I was angry with my friend; To see a world in a grain of sang; Tyger! Tyger! burning bright; He who binds himself to joy; He who mocks the infant's faith; My mother bore me in the southern wild; I travel'd thro' a land of men; quotation.


Notes: I guess this to be the third impression because only 10 other titles are listed. The earlier editions did not list any other titles and the next impresion states that there are 20 other books.

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SBP-BLA4: Fourth impression

Publisher: J.L. Carr Publisher, 27 Milldale, Kettering

Year: (May 1974)
ISBN: 0900847387
Size: xxx x xx mm
Pagination: 16 pp
Staples:
Binding:
Paper:
Editor:
Cover artist:
Internal
Number in series:
Colophon:
Telephone number:
Printing history:
Number of other titles listed:
Printed by:

Content:


Notes: I am guessing that this there is a missing edition or impresssion, but I could be wrong. It was the last of three impressions given an ISBN, in May 1974. It cannot be the next impression which contains blurb for the novel Steeple Sinderby which was published in May 1975, so is probably the May 1974 edition.

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SBP-BLA5: Fifth impression

Publisher: J.L. Carr Publisher, 27 Mill Dale Road, Kettering

Year: (December 1976)
ISBN:
Size: 129 x 95 mm
Pagination: 16 pp
Staples: one
Binding: glossy printed card covers
Paper: white
Editor: (J.L. Carr)
Cover artist: (Christopher Fiddes)
Internal illustrations: none
Number in series: none stated
Colophon: sun face
Telephone number: none
Printing history: none stated
Number of other titles listed: There are more than 20 poets in this series.
Printed by: Central Printing Works (Kettering) Ltd

Content: Alternative biography; And did those feet in ancient time; Is this a holy thing to see; I wander thro' each chartered street; I went to the garden of love; Never pain to tell thy love; How sweet I roam'd from field to field; I was angry with my friend; To see a world in a grain of sang; Tyger! Tyger! burning bright; He who binds himself to joy; He who mocks the infant's faith; The sword sang on the barren heath; My mother bore me in the southern wild; I travel'd thro' a land of men; quotation.


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Notes: This impression states that there are 20 poets in the series, so comes after the impression above and before the one below. The text also lists three novels, the last of which, Steeple Sinderby, was published in May 1975. This impression has a new cover design, by Christoper Fiddes, although he is not credited, which was used for at least three subsquent impressions, which also stated a printing history. So this is probably the impression of December 1976, although this is not stated in the book.




SBP-BLA6: Sixth impression

Publisher: J.L. Carr Publisher, 27 Mill Dale Road, Kettering

Year: February 1979
ISBN: none
Size: 129 x 95 mm
Pagination: 16 pp
Staples: one
Binding: matt printed card covers
Paper: white
Editor: (J.L. Carr)
Cover artist: (Christopher Fiddes)
Internal illustrations: three
Internal illustratins by: (William Blake)
Number in series: none stated
Colophon: sun face
Telephone number: none
Printing history: Published December 1976; Reprint February 1979
Number of other titles listed: 31 titles
Printed by: Central Printing Works (Kettering(Ltd)

Content: Alternative biography; And did those feet in ancient time; Is this a holy thing to see; I wander thro' each chartered street; I went to the garden of love; Never pain to tell thy love; How sweet I roam'd from field to field; I was angry with my friend; To see a world in a grain of sang; Tyger! Tyger! burning bright; He who binds himself to joy; He who mocks the infant's faith; The sword sang on the barren heath; My mother bore me in the southern wild; I travel'd thro' a land of men; quotation.


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Notes: I guess this to be the sixth impression. It is the first impression to state a printing history, and it lists 31 titles, more than the impression shown above and a first edition, published in December 1976.




SBP-BLA7: Seventh impression

Publisher: J.L. Carr Publisher, 27 Mill Dale Road, Kettering

Year: May 1982
ISBN: none
Size: 127 x 98 mm
Pagination: 16 pp
Staples: one
Binding: green printed card
Paper: white
Editor: (J.L. Carr)
Cover artist: (Christopher Fiddes)
Internal illustrations: three
Internal illustratins by: (William Blake)
Number in series: not stated
Colophon: house
Telephone number: none
Printing history: Published December 1976; Reprint February 1979; Reprint May 1982
Number of other titles listed: 34
Printed by: Central Printing Works (Kettering) Ltd

Content: Alternative biography; And did those feet in ancient time; Is this a holy thing to see; I wander thro' each chartered street; I went to the garden of love; Never pain to tell thy love; How sweet I roam'd from field to field; I was angry with my friend; To see a world in a grain of sang; Tyger! Tyger! burning bright; He who binds himself to joy; He who mocks the infant's faith; The sword sang on the barren heath; My mother bore me in the southern wild; I travel'd thro' a land of men; quotation.


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SBP-BLA8: Eighth impression

Publisher: J.L. Carr Publisher, 27 Mill Dale Road, Kettering

Year: February 1985
ISBN: none
Size: 127 x 97 mm
Pagination: 16 pp
Staples: one
Binding: matt printed orange card covers
Paper: white
Editor: (J.L. Carr)
Cover artist: (Christopher Fiddes)
Internal illustrations: three
Internal Illustrations by: (William Blake)
Number in series: none stated
Colophon: house
Telephone number: none
Printing history: Published December 1976; Reprint February 1979; Reprint May 1982; Reprint February 1985
Number of other titles listed: 33 titles
Printed by: Central Printing Works (Kettering(Ltd)

Content: Alternative biography; And did those feet in ancient time; Is this a holy thing to see; I wander thro' each chartered street; I went to the garden of love; Never pain to tell thy love; How sweet I roam'd from field to field; I was angry with my friend; To see a world in a grain of sang; Tyger! Tyger! burning bright; He who binds himself to joy; He who mocks the infant's faith; The sword sang on the barren heath; My mother bore me in the southern wild; I travel'd thro' a land of men; quotation.


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Notes: The printing history identifies this as the 4th impression of this edition. so I estimate it to be the 8th edition/impression of Blake's poems, issued in February 1985. It may have been the last to use this cover design, but that cannot be certain.




SBP-BLA9: Ninth impression

Publisher: J.L. Carr Publisher, 27 Mill Dale Road, Kettering

Year: 1990?
ISBN: none
Size: 131 x 93 mm
Pagination: 16 pp
Staples: two
Binding: white glossy printed card covers
Paper: cream
Editor: (J.L. Carr)
Cover artist: (William Blake)
Internal illustrations: eight
Internal illustratins by: (William Blake, Bewick?)
Number in series: 92
Colophon: sun face
Telephone number: (0536) 514995
Printing history: none stated
Number of other titles listed: none
Printed by: not stated

Content: Alternative biography; And did those feet in ancient times; Is this a holy thing to see; I was angry with my friend; I went to the garden of love; Tyger! Tyger! burning bright; Never pain to tell thy love; I wander thro' each chartered street; I travel'd thro' a land of men; How sweet I roam'd from field to field; My mother bore me in the southern wild; To see a world in a grain of sang; He who binds himself to joy; He who mocks the infant's faith; The sword sang on the barren heath.

Notes: The cover and order of poems was changed for this edition and more illustrations were added. The rear cover has a quotation from Samuel Palmer. It was probably published after 1987, the date of the History of the QTP, so it's at least the 9th impression of Blake's poetry. Carr probably used a new printer, as none is stated and the printing blocks are new for this edition.

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This volume was also given the number 92 in the series, even though Blake was one of the first poets that Carr had published in 1968. A later book of poems by John Clare , was given the number 1 and a volume by Andrew Marvell, the number 3, so why wasn't this edition of Blake given number 2 in the series if it was one of the first three published, rather than 92? The serial number 2 wasn't used. It probably wasn't numbered 92 because it was published in 1992, because editions numbered 99 (G.K. Chesterton) and 100 (George Cruikshank) were the last Carr published perhaps in 1991 or early 1992? Books of poems by Browning, Flecker, Kipling and Omar Khayyam were also numbered 92.




SBP-BLA10: Tenth impression

Publisher: J.L. Carr Publisher, 27 Mill Dale Road, Kettering

Year: 1991
ISBN: none
Size: 130 x 92 mm
Pagination: 16 pp
Staples: two
Binding: pink matt printed card covers
Paper: cream
Editor: (J.L. Carr)
Cover artist: (William Blake)
Internal illustrations: eight
Internal illustratins by: (William Blake, Bewick?)
Number in series: 92
Colophon: sun face
Telephone number: (0536) 514995
Printing history: none stated
Number of other titles listed: none
Printed by: not stated

Content: Alternative biography; And did those feet in ancient times; Is this a holy thing to see; I was angry with my friend; I went to the garden of love; Tyger! Tyger! burning bright; Never pain to tell thy love; I wander thro' each chartered street; I travel'd thro' a land of men; How sweet I roam'd from field to field; My mother bore me in the southern wild; To see a world in a grain of sang; He who binds himself to joy; He who mocks the infant's faith; The sword sang on the barren heath.

Notes: This is a reprint of the 9th impression, or this could be the 9th impression and the one above is the 10th, I don't know. It is different from the impression immediately above: the cover is pink card, which can be seen on the image of inside the rear cover.

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