This item is made up of unbound pages from a facsimile edition of William Blake's 'Illustrations of the Book of Job'. There are 39 printed pages of facsimile engravings, sketches and watercolours. The pages are mostly undated and it is difficult to determine which of the several facsimiles listed on the British library catalogue they were published for. The most likely edition is 'Illustrations of the Book of Job...Being all of the water-colour designs, pencil drawings and engravings, reproduced in facsimile. With an introduction by Laurence Binyon...and Geoffrey Keynes' (New York: Pierpont Morgan Library, 1935). However, as this edition contained 134 plates, many plates are missing here.
The pages in this collection comprise:
Illustrated title frontispiece (MS 320/1); and eight of the 21 plates from the 'Illustrations of Job', 1826: black and white engravings depicting religious scenes, surrounded by decoration and lines from the 'Book of Job'. Plates 3-5, 7-8, 13, 17 and 20 are present here, all marked 'proof' (MS 320/2-9).
Watercolour illustrations [the Butts drawings]. The watercolours which eventually became plates 4, 6-7, 9-18 and 21 in the 1826 edition are present here. The version of plate 10 is marked 'submitted 31/8/32' (MS 320/10-24);
Two different watercolour versions of plates 3 and 4 (MS 320/25-26);
And thirteen pencil sketches, the basis for plates 3-4, 8-9, 11, 15, 18-21 (MS 320/27-39).