William Blake and Linda Anne Landers. Song. No 6 of an edition of 100.
(London: Spoon Print Press. 2001). Sevier Collection.
Vanderbilt University Special Collections
Linda Anne Landers first discovered Blake's writing at an early age and has produced numerous volumes that illustrate and transform Blake's works. Song is inspired by William Blake's "Song: How Sweet I Roam'd from Field to Field" from his Poetical Sketches (1769-1777). Later, in 1789, Blake first published Songs of Innocence and Experience, a series of poems that chronicle the loss of childhood innocence through experience. For some scholars, "Song" reflects the transition from the former to latter perspectives. The cover depicts a cat o' nine tails or a jester's wand, an image laden with multiple meanings that is repeated in the folding illustration. A folding five-page color linocut in maroon, green, blue and orange is sewn into overlapping red card wrappers titled in black and with a section of the linocut printed in silver. The image of a man and a woman lounging with roses, lilies, crown and hair folds out into the viewer's space, giving us a voyeur's view of the couple.