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Viscomi, Joseph 1952-

Overview
Works: 23 works in 69 publications in 1 language and 1,698 library holdings
Genres: Manuscripts  Poetry  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Bibliography  Bibliography‡vCatalogs  Catalogs  History  Exhibition catalogs  Art  Portraits 
Roles: Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: PR4144, 821.7
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Most widely held works by Joseph Viscomi
Blake and the idea of the book by Joseph Viscomi ( Book )
5 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 579 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this highly innovative "history of the book," Joseph Viscomi drastically revises our understanding of William Blake as he explores the technology behind the Illuminated Books. By using facsimiles created in his own studio, Viscomi, an experienced printmaker, offers the most complete explanation of how the illuminated plates were made, how Blake's techniques compared to other eighteenth-century print technologies, and how the plates were printed and the impressions colored. His analysis of these procedures reveals that the Illuminated Books were produced in small editions and not, as is assumed, one copy at a time and by commission. These new facts of production redefine such basic concepts in Blake scholarship as "style," "period," "intention," and "difference," which in turn alter the dates of nearly all copies of all the Illuminated Books and refute current approaches to reading and editing Blake. By placing Blake's modes of production in their historical, technical, and aesthetic context, Viscomi enables us to see how profoundly Blake's metaphors, images, symbols, themes, and analogies are grounded in graphic execution, while exposing a wealth of connections between material processes and larger meanings throughout the works
The early illuminated books by William Blake ( Book )
20 editions published between 1993 and 1998 in English and held by 502 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Collected edition volume 3
Milton a poem, and the final illuminated works : the ghost of Abel, On Homers poetry, [and] On Virgil Laocoön by William Blake ( Book )
18 editions published between 1993 and 1998 in English and held by 493 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
William Blake's Milton, one of his two great illuminated epics, is featured in this fifth volume of the Blake Trust collected edition of Blake's illuminated books. This is the first-ever reproduction of the magnificent copy of Milton in the New York Public Library, presented here in full colour. As the editors demonstrate, this was Blake's own copy and reflects his final intentions for one of his most sublime, and at the same time most personal, poems. Blake's three final works in illuminated printing, The Ghost of Abel, On Homers Poetry [and] On Virgil, and Laocoon, are also included in this volume. Although brief, these texts and their accompanying designs present some of Blake's most important statements on art, religion, and the spirit of imagination they share. Nineteen additional illustrations of related drawings and variant printings of the plates, many in colour, supplement all four works. Milton is a difficult and cryptic poem for those uninitiated in the ways of Blake's allusive and allegorical style. In an introductory essay, the editors directly address the nature of the poem's complexity, demonstrate how Blake's methods set out to disconcert conventional concepts of time, space, and human identity, and suggest some ways readers coming to Milton for the first time can understand and enjoy the challenges it offers. The editors also present a plate-by-plate commentary on how the illustrations contribute to the creation of a composite, visual-verbal experience. The extensive notes to the newly-edited letterpress text will also assist readers through Milton, its central themes and its byways, its heights and its depths. An equally helpful introduction and notes are provided for the three shorter works. Scholars will find much new information in this volume. The editors describe the experimental graphic techniques Blake used in Milton and uncover the multiple layers of revision he lavished on the copy reproduced. A previously unrecognized version of one of the most important full-page designs is described for the first time, while the generally-accepted dates of composition for the three final illuminated works have been revised substantially. The introduction and notes offer fresh insights into the difficult relationship between Blake and his patron William Hayley that in turn shaped Blake's sense of his great predecessor, John Milton, and the role he would play in Milton
The William Blake archive a hypermedia archive by William Blake ( )
5 editions published between 1996 and 1999 in English and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Comprehensive site dedicated to the literary and artistic works of William Blake. Featured in the Archive, are illuminated books and non-illuminated materials. Some of the non-illuminated books include: commercial book illustrations, manuscripts, drawings and paintings in pen, pencil, monochrome, and color. Direct access to the online version of David Erdman's The Complete poetry and prose of William Blake is also available via this site
The art of William Blake's illuminated prints by Joseph Viscomi ( Book )
1 edition published in 1983 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Blake at Cornell : an annotated checklist of works by and about William Blake in the Cornell University Libraries and the Herbert F. Johnson Museum by Cornell University ( Book )
1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The workshop of William Blake : the making of an illuminated book by Joseph Viscomi ( )
3 editions published between 1980 and 1986 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Blake's illuminated books. All religions are one, There is no natural religion, The book of Thel, The marriage of Heaven and Hell, Visions of the daughters of Albion by William Blake ( Book )
1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Blake in a post-secular era : early prophecies by Karl Kroeber ( Book )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Recreating Blake's illuminated prints : the facsimiles of the Manchester Etching Workshop by Joseph Viscomi ( )
1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Blake's illuminated books by William Blake ( Book )
1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Blake's illuminated books by William Blake ( Book )
1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Milton by William Blake ( Book )
1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Blake's illuminated books by William Blake ( Book )
1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
The continental prophecies by William Blake ( Book )
1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
If the Urizen books contain Blake's account of Genesis, written and depicted from the 'devilish' perspective of a 'Bible of Hell', then the continental prophecies present his critical reckoning with the history of his own times, a fascinatingly complex and multi-faceted account of the struggle between revolutionary counter-revolutionary thought of the first half of the 1790s. In America, the first of the continental poems, Blake moves away from his earlier mode of historical allegory and enters the realm of prophetic utterance. In poetry and imagery alike, Blake's prophecies follow Old Testament models in the sense that they are less concerned with prediction than with the process of social and political criticism. While America still contains many historical references, these are integrated in a mythical 'plot' that transcends the narrow confines of historical reportage and pamphleteering. In Europe and in 'Africa' and 'Asia' (the two parts that make up The Song of Los) Blake is even less concerned with concrete historical events than in developing the myth of Orc and Urizen, Enitharmon and Los which describes and criticizes the intricate structure of social oppression that the author saw as resulting from human kind's history under the rule of organised state religion. Each of the three books also attempts to point a way toward the prerequisites for the equally complex process of millenial liberation. The commentary aims to introduce readers of the three books to the structural unity and many-layered meaning of Blake's visual-verbal myth-making, and to guide them through the maze of critical approaches and interpretation that they have elicited
Blake's "Annus Mirabilis" : the productions of 1795 by Joseph Viscomi ( Book )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
The drama in a romantic child's eye, or, Prints & stages from the 19th century toy theatre : a travelling exhibition in three acts ( Book )
1 edition published in 1977 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Digitial facsimiles : reading the William Blake Archive by Joseph Viscomi ( Book )
1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
Viscomi, Joseph S.
Languages
English (66)
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