The Book of Urizen
February 26, 2012 8:28 AM   Subscribe

The Book of Urizen
A handy tumblr site that contains William Blake's incredible 1794 work of art/literature/prophecy "The Book of Urizen" in its entirety.

The fully illustrated version is presented one panel at a time; you can see the hi-res scans individually by clicking the tiny arrow that appears above each panel as you view. There's also a plain text version (with links to each illustration, so you can peek as you read).

Basically I just got tired of hunting for versions of this book online or searching Google for hi-res scans, and decided to create my own resource. Also, I'd always wanted to find a fun use for this particular Tumblr theme. Hope you enjoy!
Role: designer
posted by hermitosis (6 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

Amazing, hermitosis, amazing. did you have to scan these yourself?
posted by Foci for Analysis at 10:51 AM on February 26, 2012

Thanks! I did scan all these, yes. The color/tone is true to the set of prints that I have (though I am working on a corrected version just for my own viewing pleasure).
posted by hermitosis at 11:04 AM on February 26, 2012

Thank you for introducing me to this amazing book... but it's a shame it's on Tumblr which is difficult to read through like an ebook.
posted by shii at 10:13 PM on February 26, 2012

You're welcome! It really should be something interactive like an iPad app. As it is, all the ebook versions I've seen have been woefully inadequate.
posted by hermitosis at 11:40 PM on February 26, 2012

Is there any way you can get your hi res expand to fill the window along its longest axis by clicking on the image? If I want to see the full sized image I have to click three times and I had to guess what I needed to click to get there.

Otherwise this is fantastic.
posted by clarknova at 5:58 PM on March 6, 2012

Yeah it's definitely at least one step more complicated than I'd prefer; I don't know how to alter the theme to make this happen, I'd prefer that even clicking the arrow over the expanded image takes you straight to the hi-res scan, but I haven't managed to find a way to override the theme yet.
posted by hermitosis at 9:49 PM on March 6, 2012

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