2014. A beautiful calligraphic manuscript of William Morris’s poem “Love Fulfilled.” Maryanne Grebenstein is a professional calligrapher who studied under many other notable calligraphers. She teaches calligraphy and manuscript gilding at the Massachusetts College of Art (Boston), the North Bennet Street School (Boston), and the Abbey Studio in Hingham, MA. This lovely lyric was published in Morris’s last book of poetry, Poems by the Way, in 1892. A contemporary critic described this late work as still marked by a pervading intensity of human feeling found in his early poetry. The title and decorated capitals are 23 Karat gold leaf. Thirty-five lines with the calligrapher’s signature in pencil below the border. The text is in Moon Palace sumi ink and the color is in Winsor & Newton gouache on Crane’s 100% cotton stock paper. Archivally matted. Measures 17 x 22 inches including mat. Fine.
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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 three and contain pages 49-64. of The Story of Cupid and Psyce. They are collected as one signature. The beautiful text pages have two six-line decorated initials and twenty-four 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.
London: Alexander Moring Ltd, 1904. Hardcover. From the illustrious Waugh family, with the bookplate of Evelyn and Alec's father, Arthur. The name "Alec Waugh, Xmas 1916" is written in pencil on a free front end page, so it is unclear who owned the book when. Bound in red cloth with the title embossed. Spine has title and author in gilt. In very nice condition except for some light fraying to spine ends and barely bumped boards. Interior pages show some browning from age and darker spots on the fore-edge. Tear to top right margin to pages 201-204, pages 201-202 missing the piece torn. Text not affected. 255 pages. MOR/070710. Near Fine.