[Kelmscott Press] Morris, William
The Water of the Wondrous Isles
Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1897. Hard Cover. 1 of 250 paper copies. Six copies were printed on vellum. This work was published in April 1897, several months after the death of William Morris. It is one of four romances he wrote in his final years. He died while the book was still in proofs, and his daughter May helped in its completion. This copy has been beautifully rebound in modern fine black leather. The front cover has gold ruling along the edges, a red-tooled leather border within it, and a yellow and black leather border inside the red. The title and author are stamped in gilt on the front cover along with a small ornament. Marbled endpapers. The interior pages are in fine condition with light browning to fore-edge. Printed on Flower paper, with the text in Chaucer type, and the colophon and transitional passages in Troy type [Peterson A45]. The text is printed in black, with red chapter and shoulder titles in red. Morris designed the beautiful borders and initials. In fine condition. 340 pages plus colophon. MOR/082211. Fine.