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Artist's book - The marriage of Heaven and Hell
  • The marriage of Heaven and Hell
    Blake, William, born 1757 - died 1827
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The marriage of Heaven and Hell

  • Object:

    Artist's book

  • Place of origin:

    New York (published)

  • Date:

    1993 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Blake, William, born 1757 - died 1827 (author)
    Fahrner, Barbara (artist)
    Gallo, Phillip (typographer)
    Granary Books (publisher)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    National Art Library

This beautifully bound and finely printed book has all the quality and richness of a livre d'artiste. The images are a mixture of thick expressive lines with blurred edges, and fine, sharp marks and hatching. The text consists of a combination of barely legible writing and a wide range of typographical styles.

'An affinity with William Blake's sense of the integrity of the artist's vision and self-created world has been a salient characteristic of Barbara Fahrner's work throughout her career. In this book, Gallo's unconventional 'cyber-punk deconstructionist typography' embodies the stylistic eccentricities of Blake's poem while Fahrner's drawings elliptically respond to its powerful statement. The commanding dimensionality and craftsmanship of this volume equally reference Blake's impassioned text as well as his own work as an artist/publisher' - Granary Press website.

Physical description

Artists' book, printed on double leaves.

The typefaces are Impact with Impact open,Trump Semi Bold Compressed with Gravur, Template Gothic (Emigre phototype), and Eurostile Extended, printed on Rives BFK.

The binding was designed by Daniel E. Kelm and executed at the Wide Awake Garage.

"Edition consists of forty-one copies. Eleven (lettered A-K) are hors commerce; thirty numbered copies are for sale" - Colophon.

49 pages

Place of Origin

New York (published)


1993 (published)


Blake, William, born 1757 - died 1827 (author)
Fahrner, Barbara (artist)
Gallo, Phillip (typographer)
Granary Books (publisher)


Height: 31 cm

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Artist's book, 'The marriage of Heaven and Hell ; a reading & study', by William Blake, illustrations by Barbara Fahrner, typography by Phillip Gallo, Granary Books, New York, 1993


Artists' Books; National Art Library


National Art Library

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