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Lawrence Lande William Blake Collection
McGill University, Rare Books and Special Collections Library

Blake, William; English poetry

The collection was established in 1953. The nucleus of the collection was begun with two hundred and fifty items donated by Dr. Lawrence Lande. The collection has been expanded frequently by both Dr. Lande and the Rare Book Department.

The collection includes first, early, and variant editions of William Blake's literary works and his illustrations for books by Blair (The grave), Young (Night thoughts) and others. As well, there are facsimiles of Blake's coloured works; original engravings by Blake and his school; and editions of works by his friends and followers such as Fuseli, Palmer, and Calvert. There is also modern criticism of Blake.


1,608 items (books, serials, prints and drawings); 1,173 slides; 53 engravings; 21 drawings; 36 reproductions; 112 prospectuses, book jackets, etc.

Bibliographic Access
The collection is catalogued in a separate printed catalogue (see below). LC subject headings are used. The material is arranged according to a local classification scheme based on the bibliography of Blake by Bentley and Nurmi. The holdings are recorded in MUSE (McGill Libraries Online Catalogue).

Physical Access
The collection is open to the public upon registration with the Department and the presentation of a suitable piece of identification. For further information visit:

Interlibrary Loan: No.

Reprography: Limited.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
Lawrence Lande William Blake Collection. -- A catalogue of the Lawrence Lande William Blake Collection in the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections of the McGill University Libraries. -- Montreal : McLennan Library, 1983.