Thursday, December 24, 2009
Comus: A Mask
with eight illustrations by William Blake
Hardcover, housed in a slipcase
Published in 1926 for the Julian Editions by Ernest Benn Limited
in an edition of 300
"The Lady", along with her two brothers, becomes lost in the wood, where she swoons. While her brothers set off in search of food, she is carried away by the lewd, beast-like Comus to his pleasure palace where she is glued to his hot, gooey chair and pressed to drink from his magical love cup, but she refuses.
Meanwhile the boys meet an angel, disguised as a shepherd, and the three defeat Comus, and with the aid of another magical creature, free the Lady. And they all live happily ever after.