In the early 1800s Blake painted for his patron Thomas Butts a series of watercolours illustrating 'The Book of Job'. In 1821 the artist John Linnell commissioned a second set, and then in 1823 drew up a formal agreement with Blake for a series of engravings. Altogether twenty-one subjects were engraved by Blake, together with this title-page. The title is given in ornate lettering, and is repeated on the upper line in Hebrew. The publication line states that the prints were issued on 8 March 1825, but in fact they do not seem to have been ready until early 1826.