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.
Manuscripts & Prints
Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, [1891-1895]. A nice selection of ten small octavo sample leaves with 20 pages of text from the following Kelmscott Press titles: Pages 215-218 from Biblia Innocentum; pages 71-74 from Morris's Poems By the Way; Pages 37-38 and 43-44 from Syr Perecyvelle of Gales; pages 39-42 from The Defense of Guenevere, with the beautiful decorative title page of "Sir Peter Hardon's End" with a ten-line initial "O;" pages 179-180 and 189-190 from Poems of John Keats. All of the leaves are printed in Golden type on Flower paper. All except the Biblia are printed in red and black. With an additional ten-line initial in the Keats, and several three and six-line decorated initials throughout. The paper for the Keats leaves has browned, clean tear to pages 73-74 of Poems by the Way, and lightly visible pencil marks to Defense, otherwise all in very good condition. An excellent set of Kelmscott Press typography and decoration for teaching environments. PRI/041316. Very Good.
Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1896. This is an original leaf from the Kelmscott Press masterpiece, The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, accompanied by an essay by the bookseller John Windle on its commercial history. The leaf is from a disbound and dispersed damaged copy. Copies were presented by Windle in a paper portfolio in 1994 as a keepsake to members of the Colophon, Roxburghe, and Zamorano Clubs. The folio-sized leaf is from pages 215-216, “The Persouns Tale.” There is no illustration, but there are one large and twelve small decorated initials. The leaf is in very good condition except for a bit of rubrication (red ink text) bleed-through on the two shoulder titles and one section heading, and a little rippling along top edge. The first page of the accompanying essay is decorated with a Burne-Jones illustration and woodcut borders reproduced from the Chaucer. The essay includes a chart comparing auction prices of the Chaucer to three other notable books, 1966-1993, on the other pages. MOR/110414. Very Good.
Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, [1896-1897]. Six Leaves, pages 83-94, from "The Wanderers and March" in The Earthly Paradise that offer a wonderful example of the fine printing of the Kelmscott Press and the impressive poetry of Morris. Pages 83-90 are from "The Wanderers". Pages 91-94 are from "March", with the opening text , border decoration and ten-line decorated initial "S" of March. Other pages with four and six line decorated initials. Printed in black and red Golden type on Apple paper. In near fine condition. PRI/050216. Near Fine.
Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, [1896-1897]. Six Leaves, pages 3-14 from The Earthly Paradise. Page three has the last six lines of "November." Pages 4-14 are the first several pages of "The Story of Rhodope." It includes the beautiful two-page spread of the title page and first page, with the decorated borders of Morris and a ten-line initial "A." Also with a six-line initial. Two light creases on pages 13-14 otherwise near fine. A lovely example of the fine printing of the Kelmscott Press and the impressive poetry of William Morris. Printed in black and red Golden type on Apple paper. MOR/060216. Near Fine.
Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, [1896-1897]. Six Kelmscott Press leaves, pages 3-14, from The Earthly Paradise. Page three has the last lines from "September." Pages 4-14 are the first few pages of "The Death of Paris." They include the two-page title and first page of the work with the beautiful borders done by Morris and a ten-line decorated initial letter "I." There is also a six-line initial. Printed in black and red Golden type on Apple paper. A lovely example of the fine printing of the Kelmscott Press and the impressive poetry of William Morris. In near fine condition. MOR/060216. Near Fine.