Saturday, June 04, 2016


You may have noticed a number of links on our pages have recently led nowhere. This is because the University of Georgia is no longer supporting the material by Nelson Hilton which was provided through their domain. Professor Hilton gave us access to many resources including his work on the Blake Digital Text Project. Our links on our sidebar to Blake's Contents, Blake's Index and the Concordance to Complete Works have disappeared because of the loss of links to his works.

I personally am most disappointed because the links Hilton provided to images in the Four Zoas are not longer available. The page images on a number of pages of the Four Zoas which I posted, no longer have images because the files they were linked to are unavailable. I can replace the images with those which the crawler picked up
when the posts were published, but the images there are of lower resolution. Hilton's images allowed us to read Blake's text as he wrote and edited it, as well as view the sketches which illuminated his pages.


The manuscript for the Four Zoas resides in the British Library. The library provides digital imagery for a portion of the book starting at page 44. Using Professor Hilton's files for the early pages of the manuscript and the British Library's images for later pages, I published posts on 80 of the 138 pages of the Four Zoas. There is always more work to be done but there are many hands and minds who are contributing to the effort.

Professor Hilton graciously replied to my plea for help with a copy of his file for the 4ZS.

Keep watching for further developments.

British Library
Four Zoas Manuscript
Page 94
Four Zoas, Night VII, Page 94, (E 367)
"Tho all those fair perfections which men know only by name
In beautiful substantial forms appeard & served her
As food or drink or ornament or in delightful works
To build her bowers for the Elements brought forth abundantly    
The living soul in glorious forms & every One came forth
Walking before her Shadowy face & bowing at her feet"


Vincent said...

This has happened to me a lot over the last ten years during which I trustingly linked to various sites and mostly acknowledged the sources, only to discover later that their site was no longer active, resulting in dead links.

I've been able to recover the images in most cases by going to and pasting in the link, so as to get access to the image in question, which could then be downloaded and copied to my own web-space, paid for through annual subscription, with appropriate adjustments to the original post in its html form.

If this is giving you any difficulty, let me know and I may be able to help.

ellie said...

Thank you Ian. This is very helpful, although it won't supply all of the missing images. It is a good resource to learn about.

If we were able to ask the right questions, there is no doubt that we would get the right answers. You gave the answer before I formulated a question.

I miss the Wayfarer.

Vincent said...

I've been missing him too, Ellie - have broken a long silence yesterday.