William Blake and Linda Anne Landers. Jerusalem. No 17 of an edition of 60.
(London: Spoon Print Press. 2006). Sevier Collection.
Vanderbilt University Special Collections
Jerusalem is a short poem by William Blake from the preface to his epic Milton a Poem from a collection of writings known as the Prophetic Books. The poem was inspired by the apocryphal story that a young Jesus, accompanied by his uncle Joseph of Arimathea, travelled to what is now England during the lost years of Jesus. The legend is linked to an idea in the Book of Revelations (3:12 and 21:2) describing the second coming, wherein Jesus establishes a new Jerusalem. In this version, Linda Anne Landers uses wood engravings of a tree and lamb to illustrate this oft quoted poem. The cover has a cut out print of a cosmic spiral.