1934. Number. Number 136 of 150 copies printed for private distribution only. With the signatures of Estelle Doheny, Anna Cox Brinton, and the printer Ward Ritchie. Tipped in front is a card "with the Compliments of Mrs. Edward Laurence Doheny. This lovely book is titled A Pre-Raphaelite Aeneid of Virgil in the Collection of Mrs. Edward Laurence Doheny of Los Angeles, Being an Essay in Honor of the William Morris Centenary 1934. The book is a handsome collaboration by Doheny, Ritchie, and Brinton in honor of the great William Morris. Estelle Doheny, the wife of a multi-millionaire oilman became probably the greatest woman book collector ever, and one of the greatest without regard to gender. Much of her collection, which included a Gutenberg bible, was left to a small seminary in California after her death in 1958, and would be sold 30 years later for almost $38 million. Her Morris holdings, which included Morris’s calligraphic manuscript of the “Aeneid” and a Kelmscott “Chaucer” printed on vellum, alone brought more than $2 million when sold by Christie’s in 1987. Harry "Ward" Ritchie (1905 - 1996) was an important American printer, book designer, book-collector and writer of around 100 books. He was part of the "Golden Age" of fine printing that took place during the 1920s and 1930s in Southern California. Anna Shipley Cox Brinton was an American classics scholar, college administrator, writer, and Quaker leader, active with the American Friends Service Committee. She has credited with being one of those who "reinvented Quakerism" for the 20th century. At the time that she wrote this work she was on the faculty of Mills College, where the centenary exhibition was held. She writes in A Pre-Raphaelite Aeneid: The reader is less near to the versatile genius of William Morris in turning the triumphant pages of his Kelmscott Chaucer than in poring over the illumnated leaves of the Aeneid." Bound in cream paper boards with red titling to spine and front cover. Housed in a slipcase covered by the same cream paper. Book and slipcase are in near fine condition. Measures 6 x 8 inches. 39 pages plus colophon. PRI/021521.