The goal of the William Blake electronic archive, provided by the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities (IATH) at the University of Virginia (discussed in the December 16, 1994 Scout Report
) is to digitize nineteen illuminated books, along with paintings, drawings, and engravings of William Blake, totalling about 3,000 images. To date the archive contains three copies of The Book of Thel
and two copies of Visions of the Daughters of Albion.
The text and images for each of these books are fully searchable through the use of underlying SGML tagging. The images are annotated using text, sound, images, and/or hypertext links which appear in separate windows. There is also a selected bibliography of "criticism, reference materials, and standard editions, with about 500 entries." The archive is the work of editors Morris Eaves, Robert Essick, and Joseph Viscomi, and is sponsored by the Library of Congress with support from the Getty Grant Program.
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