London: Printed by the Chiswick Press and Published by Longmans & Co., 1898. Hardcover. These two talks given by William Morris and printed by the Chiswick Press are bound together in a splendid leather and gilt tooled binding done by the New York attorney, author, and amateur binder Fletcher W. Battershall (1866-1929). Battershaw was the author of "Book-Binding for Bibliophiles" (1905), a book on gilt tooling. and several articles on bookbinding. He was close friends with and perhaps a pupil of Louis Kinder, head binder at the Roycroft Shop, as Kinder dedicated his own book, "Formulas for Bookbinders," to him. Battershaw's bookplate is affixed to the front pastedown, and the front turn-in has his distinctive bat binder's stamp tooled in gilt. The brown leather binding displays Battershaw's skills and techniques as a binder. The front cover has the titles of the two talks and the name of William Morris stamped in gilt along the edges of the cover within gilt ruling. Both the front and rear covers have an intricate design of interlaced hearts as gilt ornaments in the center of the cover. All edges gilt. A gorgeous binding in fine condition. The interior pages are also fine save for a small closed tear on lower margin of the lecture and light offsetting from the leather turn-ins. The first text is an interesting address in which Morris offered advice to the Birmingham students by which he himself lived: “...make yourself sure that you have in you the essentials of an artist before you study Art as a handicraft by which to earn your bread. But, again, if you are able to do this, & become a genuine handicraftsman, I congratulate you...for you belong to the only group of people in civilization which is really happy: Persons whose necessary daily work is inseparable from their greatest pleasure.” Art and Beauty of the Earth was the second lecture of a series given by Morris at the Burslem Town Hall in 1881. It also exhorts its listeners to appreciate and contribute to the beauties of the earth through their craft. Printed in the Golden type of the Kelmscott Press. Address: 25 pages; Lecture: 31 pages. MORRIS/022420. Fine.