Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1896-97. The Earthly Paradise was a collection of epic and romantic poems by William Morris (1834-1896) that first appeared in 1868-1870 when he was still in his thirties, and established Morris's reputation as an important poet. He planned to do an edition elaborately illustrated by his great friend, the artist Edward Burne-Jones but it was never realized. This Kelmscott Press edition had eight volumes that were issued between July 1896 and September 1897. There were 225 paper copies and 6 copies on vellum. These eight leaves are from volume five and contain pages 49-64 of The Land East of the Sun and West of the Moon. They are collected as one signature. The beautiful text pages have two 6-line decorated initials and twenty 4-line initials. Printed on Apple paper in Golden type using red and black inks. This was the first book in which Apple paper was used. Pages measure 6.5 x 9.5 inches. Except for some light browning to page edges the leaves are in near fine condition. An excellent example of the typography and printing of the Kelmscott Press and a wonderful addition to a teaching collection. PRI/070320. Near Fine.
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New York: Pierpont Morgan Library, 1997. Hardcover. 1 of 500 copies. Eugene Victor Thaw (1927 - 2018) was an American art dealer who owned a gallery in Manhattan. He and his wife donated over 1,000 works of art to the Pierpont Morgan Library and Fenimore Art Museum. This book collects articles he wrote on auction houses, museums, and collecting; book reviews; essays on artists; and more. All were previously published in various periodicals including the New York Times Book Review, ARTNews, Heritage, The Times, The Spectator, his own published books, and more. Maroon cloth over marbled paper covered boards with black and gilt title to spine. Pristine. Tipped in photographic frontispiece. Letterpress printed from Dante type on Simpson Teton paper by the Stinehour Press. Designed by Jerry Kelly. Bound by Acme Bookbinding. 229 pages. BOB/122022. Fine.
Risbury, England: Whittington Press, 2007. Hardcover. Number 21 of 70 copies of the deluxe edition. There were 750 total copies printed including 680 copies of the regular edition. This is one of the special copies of the annual publication of Matrix, one of the foremost publications on the book arts during its 36 year existence. Sadly, Matrix 36, published in 2020, was the last annual edition of the Matrix series. After 36 years, Whittington Press owners, John and Rose Randle, decided to discontinue producing this fine annual on the book arts for printers and bibliophiles that compiled articles, illustrations, paper and typography samples and book reviews. This issue includes a number of articles by such well-known bibliophiles and book artists as Gaylord Schanilec, Abigail Rorer, John Randle, Sebastian Carter, and William Peterson. Interspersed throughout are photographs, printing samples, and illustrations. Inserted in a back pocket is the prospectus for this volume. Quarter bound in yellow Oasis leather with black, gray, and orange marbled boards. Letterpress printed in a number of types including Joanna, Goudy Modern, Times Roman and Poliphilus, and Centaur types on Somerville Laid and Hahnemühle papers. The deluxe copy includes a separate mauve paper covered folder holding two large linocuts by John Smith and Andrew Anderson. Both volume and folder are housed in a mauve stiff board slipcase. In fine condition. Volumes measure 8 x 11 inches. BOB/102621. Fine.