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The Complaint, and the Consolation; or, Night Thoughts

Night Thoughts

Illustrated by William Blake (English, 1757–1827), Author Edward Young (English, 1683–1765), Printer Robert Noble (English, active about 1800), Publisher Richard Edwards (English, active 1792–1800)

Place of Publication: London, England

Catalogue Raisonné

ESTC (RLIN) T020820; Keynes, Bibliography of William Blake, 70; Bentley, Blake Books, 515; Ray, Illustrator and Book in England, 3


Overall: 43.1 x 34.2 x 2.2 cm (16 15/16 x 13 7/16 x 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 43 engravings

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(London: R. Noble, for R. Edwards, 1797) Folio; 54 leaves; contemporary blind- and gilt-stamped brown calf (rebacked; in beige linen box).

Illustrations in the form of pictorial borders around the text

London: R. Noble, for R. Edwards, 1797


William Bell Scott (1811-1890, painter and poet; his bookplate, and inscription on title "William B. Scott. 5 March 1849."); Edwin John Ellis (1848-1916, poet, painter, and Blake scholar; his inscription on title "Edwin John Ellis. 1879."); Mr. Carrington, from whom purchased by MFA Library, 1919; accessioned by Print Dept., 1933.

Credit Line

Museum Purchase