[TRIANON PRESS] BLAKE, William
Songs of Innocence
Paris: Trianon Press for the William Blake Trust, 1954. Facsimile Reprint. Octavo (22cm). Full crushed brown morocco, spine lettered in gilt; publisher's marbled paper slipcase; 31 color plates executed in collotype and stencil process. Number 491 of 800 copies for Great Britain. This copy INSCRIBED on colophon: "For Ben and Bernarda [Shahn] / With love, / Arnold," dated 1959. Arnold Fawcus (1917-1979) was the legendary proprietor of the Trianon Press, whose facsimiles of Blake are widely considered the best ever produced. Shahn and Fawcus's on-again, off-again friendship began during the Shahn family's 1958 French vacation, and resulted in one legendary collaboration: the Trianon press edition of Shahn's Haggadah, issued in 1966. While the collaboration resulted in one of the finest illustrated books of the twentieth century, it also put a strain on Shahn's and Fawcus's friendship; by the end, the relationship had cooled considerably, and when Shahn eventually learned that Fawcus had sold the trade rights to the Haggadah to Boston publisher Little Brown he reputedly foreswore any further dealings with Fawcus.