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), Binding by Annie S. MacDonald (Scottish, active late 19th–early 20th century)

Place of Publication: London, England

Catalogue Raisonné

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


Overall: 41.4 x 33 x 2 cm (16 5/16 x 13 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 43 engravings, hand-colored

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(London: R. Noble, for R. Edwards, 1797) Folio; 54 leaves; modern hand-worked blind-stamped brown calf (Annie S. MacDonald, Edinburgh, 1901).

Illustrations in the form of pictorial borders around the text

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


Unidentified collector (bookplate with initials "H.M." and motto "Omnia pro bono" [Bentley suggests perhaps W. Rae McDonald or J. M. Gray]); offered by Tregaskis at an unknown date for £25 [per Bentley]; offered by Ellis & Elvey in cat. 120 for £45 [per Bentley]; sold at Sotheby's, 4 June 1908, lot 734, for £24, to Stirling [per Bentley]; acquired in 1919 by William A. Sargent, Boston (1858-1936), by whom bequeathed to MFA, November 17, 1937.

Credit Line

William A. Sargent Collection—Bequest of William A. Sargent