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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.
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.
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 red cloth covered boards with silver title to spine. Pristine interior. In very good green illustrated price clipped dust jacket with orange title to front panel and white title to faded spine. Small closed tear to front panel of dust jacket. 263 pages. MOR/050112. Near Fine in Very Good DJ.
London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1901. Hardcover. One of 300 copies. A fantasy romance with supernatural elements. Bound in orginal blue cloth backed light blue paper covered boards. White paper title label to slightly sunned spine. Binding is tight. Bumping to spine ends and bottom corner of front board. Light browning to boards and offsetting to endpapers - both due to the binding glue. Clean and bright overall. Unopened pages. Printed at the Chiswick Press using Morris' Golden type on Kelmscott paper. Spare spine label tipped in at front endpaper. 284 pages. LIT/010522. Very Good.
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.
Oak Knoll Press, 2002. Hardcover. “A detailed description of the various editions of works by William Morris in which one or more artists have illustrated the text” including biographical notes and critical comments about each artist included (jacket). Blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Interior is pristine with many illustrations and tight binding. Grey dust jacket with blue title to spine. Size quarto. 238 pages. MOR/101205. Fine in Fine dj.
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.
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.
Great Britain: Rutldege and Kegan Paul, 1973. Hardcover. This is a part of The Critical Heritage series, which covers more than 90 authors and documents their criticism by contemporaries. Includes 84 reviews and articles of numerous Morris works, with a 29-page introduction by Faulkner. Contemporaries include Swinburne, Henry James, Walter Pater, Ruskin, Tennyson, Browning, Rossetti,and Wilde. Octavo, paperback, bright and clean, in very good condition. 465 pages, including index. MOR/050522. Very Good.
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.
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.
Dorset, England: The Dovecote Press Ltd., 2015. Softcover. A fascinating recounting of the complicated lives and romantic relationship of artists Edward and Stephani Scott-Godwin while living at Kelmscott Manor, as told through their letters and journals, here selected and explained by their younger son, Joscelyn Godwin. This is the story of how they fell in love with each other, Kelmscott Manor, and William Morris, whose home it was from 1871 until his death in 1896. The Godwins were the first permanent residents after the Morris family. While living at Kelmscott Manor, Edward and Stephani created an aesthetic and produced a body of figuative painting unique for its time. Illustrations of their works are printed throughout the book, both in color and black and white. Softcover bound in dark blue with white spine titling and illustrations to front and back covers. In fine condition. Measures 7.25 x 10 inches. 194 pages including index. ART/012722. 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 Marblehead, 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.