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. 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.