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Columbia and London: University of Missouri Press, 1990. Hardcover. A collection of 10 essays "representing a spectrum of critical approaches and topics, [these essays] explore the interconnections between Morris's political thought and his later writings. Although the occasion for this collection is the hundredth anniversary of the publication of the utopian romance 'News from Nowhere' (1891), these essays consider a variety of other works, ranging from socialist songs to theories of art" (jacket). New in black cloth boards with bronze title to spine. Clean and bright with frontispiece illustration. In new pink, grey, and black dust jacket with pink spine panel titled in black. 177 pages. MOR/080515. New / New.
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.
Athens: The University of Georgia Press, 1975. Hardcover. “Countering the widely accepted interpretation of William Morris’s Earthly Paradise as an expression of retreat from Victorian ugliness, Blue Calhoun asserts that the poem embodies a pastoral response to that troublous age” (jacket). Near fine in near fine illustrated dust jacket with orange title to front panel and off white title to spine. Fading to spine. Pristine interior. 263 pages. MOR/062910. Near Fine in Near Fine Dust Jacket.
London: William Morris Society, 1992. Paperback. Fine in grey illustrated paper wrappers with black title to front cover. Side-stapled with slightly rusted staples. Minor foxing to interior of both covers and facing pages, else clean and bright. Several photographic illustrations. 36 pages. MOR/080515. Fine.
The Antiquaries Journal, 1963. Paperback. Reprinted from the Antiquaries Journal Volume XLIII Part I, 1963. Very good in light blue side stapled paper wrappers with black title to front wrap. Small yellow spot to rear wrap has bled through to the last 6 pages but does not effect any of the text. Minor creasing to corners. Else is clean and bright. 16 pages. MOR/030812. Very Good in Wraps.
New York: Oriole Editions, 1971. Hardcover. Morris and Burne-Jones struggled to make their Earthly Paradise a reality but gave up in good part because they could not find type that was in harmony with the illustrations. Beige cloth backed light blue paper covered boards with blue title to spine. Pristine with illustrations by Edward Burne-Jones. Tight binding. In a tan dust jacket with dark blue title to spine and front panel. Housed in a tan paper covered slipcase with very minor wear to edges. Size: quarto. 86 pages. MOR/080515. New / New.
London: William Morris Society, 2010. Paperback. Second printing. In green illustrated side-stapled paper wrappers with white title to front cover. Includes 33 illustrations, most of which are in full color. An attractive, heavily illustrated publication detailing the history of Kelmscott house from 1780 through 2009, with the bulk of the book focusing on its most famous occupant, William Morris. Other owners including George Macdonald (1867 - 1877) and the Stephensons (1926 - 1972) are also discussed. 64 pages. MOR/080515. Fine.
Tacoma: Elliott Press, 2011. Pictorial Boards. Number 39 of 50 copies. This was a collaboration between printer Jessica Spring and librarian Jane Carlin's William Morris class that resulted in this book, a series of "homes" inspired by William Morris. The book is an artful construction and a charming homage to the great Morris. In fine condition. Unpaginated. MOR/100212. Fine.
New York: Charles Scribners Sons, 1940. FIRST EDITION. Hardcover. 8vo. Blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front board. Minor rubbing to spine panel. Interior is very clean with tight binding. Beige dj with faded black and yellow spine panel. Several chips to edges of dj. Index, 386 pp. MOR/110105. Very Good in Very Good dj.
London: William Morris Society, 1981. Paperback. First annual Kelmscott lecture of the William Morris Society given on 30 September 1980. Very good in purple paper wrappers with black title to front cover. Sewn binding with white thread visible along spine. Minor wear to edges of wrappers and minor fading along spine. 45 pages. MOR/080515. Very Good.
London: William Morris Society, 1975. Paperback. Limited to 1750 copies. This essay was developed by Peter Faulkner from one for which he was awarded a Peter Floud Memorial Prize in 1963. In light blue paper wrappers with black title to spine and front cover. Clean and bright. 32 pages. MOR/080415. Fine.
Reprinted from The Penrose Annual, Vol. 54, 1960. Paper Wrappers. 4to. Light blue portfolio houses the loose articles mentioned above along with some relevant ephemera. Minor browning/discoloration to folio. Minor creasing to edges/corners of several sheets, else very clean. MOR/072505. Very Good Plus.
London: Folio Society, 2014. Hardcover. Limited to 980 copies. William Morris produced eighteen hand calligraphic illuminated books including The Odes, which was his last. It was left unfinished, providing a fascinating record of Morris’s creative method. This beautifully produced facsimile is bound in Indian goatskin with title and five raised bands to the spine. The edges and doublures are decorated in gilt. The binding is by Smith Settle in Yorkshire, England. It is printed on Tatami paper in color with gold and silver foil by Castelli Bolis in Bergamo, Italy. Every detail, from the various shades of gold in the decorations to the green-black tone of the leather binding, has been reproduced with meticulous care to match as closely as possible the original volume. Includes a commentary volume, which contains a full verse translation by William Gladstone and an essay on the genesis of the book and the unfolding of Morris’s passion for illumination. The commentary is bound in grey paper covered boards. Both books are housed in a cloth clamshell box, titled in silver and gold on front and spine panels. The commentary is 64 pages. Odes is 192 pages. Fine.
New York: Burt Franklin, (1969). Hardcover. Burt Franklin: Bibliography & Reference Series 104. This bibliography is organized generally by the period in which Morris was writing, although his writings on Socialism have their own chapter. The appendix lists Morris's voluminous contributions to The Commonweal. Blue cloth coverd boards with gilt title to spine. 221 pages. William Morris. MOR/071312. Near Fine.
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.