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CHAUCER, Geoffrey

Published by Hammersmith Kelmscott Press (1896)

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Item Description: Hammersmith Kelmscott Press, 1896. The Magnificent Kelmscott Chaucer, One of Approximately Fifty Copies Bound by the Doves Bindery. And with a Rare Bifolium Proof with Variant Typsetting for the Opening Page and it's Conjugate Leaf [KELMSCOTT PRESS]. CHAUCER, Geoffrey. The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer now newly imprinted. [Hammersmith: Printed by.William Morris at the Kelmscott Press, 1896]. One of 425 paper copies, out of a total edition of 438 copies. Large folio (16 5/8 x 11 3/8 inches; 423 x 288 mm.). [4], ii, [2], 554, [2, blank] pp. With eighty-seven woodcut illustrations after Sir Edward Burne-Jones, redrawn by Robert Catterson-Smith and cut by W.H. Hooper. Woodcut title-page, fourteen variously repeated woodcut borders, eighteen variously repeated woodcut frames around illustrations, twenty-six nineteen-line woodcut initial words, numerous three-, six-, and ten-line woodcut initial letters, and woodcut printerís device, all designed by William Morris and cut by C.E. Keates, W.H. Hooper, and W. Spielmeyer. Printed in black and red in Chaucer type, the titles of longer poems printed in Troy type. Double columns. Edited by F.S. Ellis. Included with this is a rare bifolium proof with two conjugate trial leaves with variant typesetting for the opening page of the Chaucer and its conjugate leaf. These trial pages were set using one size smaller type then is found in the final production. By using the smaller type, one extra line of text has been added to the first page. Also included with this is a proof leaf again of the opening page, but with the text area blank. All these leaves have Burne-Jones woodcuts and these leaves in and of themselves are quite rare. Publisherís white pigskin, elaborately tooled in blind after a design by William Morris. The front cover blind-lettered "Geoffrey Chaucer" at head and "Kelmscott" at foot, with a central panel diagonally ruled into lozenges containing stylized flowers enclosed by a frame of stylized grapevines and a border of small floral tools, the back cover diagonally ruled into lozenges containing stylized oak leaves, the spine in five compartments, each blind-tooled in a foliate design with central fleur-de-lys, two clasps, all edges gilt on rough, by the Doves Bindery (stamped "Doves Bindery on lower rear paste-down). A fine copy in this superb binding. Previous owner's bookplate on front paste-down. Housed in a quarter black morocco clamshell. In a printed notice issued on 26 February 1896, Morris announced his intention to provide four special bindings for the Chaucer: two full and two half pigskin designs, one of each style to be executed by the Doves Bindery and by J. & J. Leighton. Because of a debilitating terminal illness (Morris would die on 3 October 1896), the present full pigskin binding by the Doves Bindery was the only special Chaucer design Morris completed. It was, moreover, one of only four binding designs he ever created and one of the last designs of any kind that he made. Only approximately fifty copies were bound by the Doves Bindery from Morrisís design and stamped on the lower rear paste down "The Doves Bindery"; these were bound over a period of years starting just after publication. These were the only books ever issued by the Kelmscott Press in bindings other than quarter holland over blue paper boards or limp vellum with silk ties. The Kelmscott Chaucer is "the most famous book of the modern private press movement, and"óespecially when bound after Morrisís own designó"the culmination of William Morrisís endeavor" (The Artist and the Book). Clark Library, Kelmscott and Doves, pp. 46-48. The Artist & the Book 45. Peterson A40. Ransom, Private Presses, p. 329, no. 40. Ray, The Illustrator and the Book in England, 258. Sparling 40. Tomkinson, p. 117, no. 40. HBS 65739. $225,000. Bookseller Inventory # 65739

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Kelmscott Press] Chaucer Geoffrey

Published by Hammersmith Kelmscott Press 1896 (1896)

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Item Description: Hammersmith Kelmscott Press 1896, 1896. One of 425 copies of a total edition of 438. Printed on Perch handmade paper. This the Jean Hersholt copy with his signed bookplate laid in along with the original linen from the spine with paper labels and a note, likely from the binder to a later owner, that they belong with the Chaucer. With 87 wood-engravings designed by Sir Edward Burne-Jones, cut by W.H. Hooper after drawings by Robert Catterson-Smith, superb wood-engraved title page, fourteen very fine large borders, eighteen different woodcut frames around the illustrations, twenty-six nineteen line woodcut initial letters, and numerous initials, decorative woodcut printerís device all designed by William Morris and cut by C.E. Keates, Hooper and W. Spelmeyer, with shoulder and side titles. Printed in red and black in Chaucer type, double column, headings to the longer poems in Troy type. Folio (424 x 289 mm), bound in full rich pumpkin morocco in a style fitting the Arts and Crafts movement, with raised beveled panels to front and rear boards, blind-stamped in a diamond pattern, with borders and geometric dentelles also stamped in blind. Front board with large diamond leather inlay in a deep orange, with "Chaucer's Works" stamped in gilt. Spine with five raised bands, deep orange morocco title label stamped in gilt, and compartments containing vertical lines stamped in blind. Marbled endpapers. Leaves untrimmed. Laid in is original linen spine, with remnants of original paper label 554 pp. A handsome copy, the text is fresh and bright and fine and virtually free of the spotting with which the Kelmscott Chaucer is sometimes afflicted. FIRST EDITION AND HANDSOME COPY OF WHAT IS CONSIDERED TO BE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PRINTED BOOK IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. The Kelmscott Chaucer is "the most famous book of the modern private press movement, and the culmination of William Morris's endeavor" (The Artist and the Book). "[F]rom first appearance, the Chaucer gained a name as the finest book since Gutenberg. It has held its place near the head of the polls ever since. The terms which critics used in the eighteen-nineties to welcome it simply show us what an impression Morris's printing made upon late Victorian bookmen" (Colin Franklin, The Private Presses, p. 43). Evidence of the esteem in which the book has been held lies in the fact that after the Second World War, during the rebuilding of Japan and its libraries, a copy of the Kelmscott Chaucer was the first book presented to the Japanese people by the British Government on behalf of the English nation. The Kelmscott Press produced forty-eight books in its brief life. Morris had toyed with the idea of a Shakespeare in three folio volumes; a suggestion for a King James version of the Bible was in his pending file; and preliminary work had begun on editions of Froissart and Malory, both of which would have formed a triumvirate with the Chaucer. But on October 3, 1896, Morris died, and for all intents and purposes the Kelmscott Press died with him, the Froissart and Malory unfinished. The Chaucer, regretfully, remained the only "titan" among Kelmscott books. Morris dedicated his life to poetry and the decorative arts, but he did not exhibit an active interest in the design and production of books until he was fifty-five years old. He died eight years later, but in that brief fragment of time he established a standard and prestige that still make him one of the most powerful and pervasive influences in book design in the English-speaking, English-reading world. This is the Jean Hersholt copy, with his signed bookplate laid in. Jean Hersholt (1886-1956), the Danish-born actor who had a lengthy and successful Hollywood career which spanned the years 1913 to 1955, is, perhaps, best known for his performance as Shirley Temple's grandfather in Heidi. He helped form the Motion Picture Relief Fund which assisted in-need members of the film community, and he served as president of the American Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for four years. Bookseller Inventory # 25183

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CHAUCER, Geoffrey (1340?-1400)

Published by Kelmscott Press, [Edited by F.S. Ellis and W.W. Skeat]. Hammersmith, London (1896)

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Item Description: Kelmscott Press, [Edited by F.S. Ellis and W.W. Skeat]. Hammersmith, London, 1896. Folio. (16 11/16 x 11 5/16 inches). Uncut. Printed in red and black using Chaucer and Troy type. Woodcut title page, 26 nineteen-line woodcut initials, numerous other woodcut initials spanning three, six or ten lines, 14 woodcut borders (variously repeated), 18 woodcut frames to surround the illustrations (variously repeated), woodcut printer's device, all designed by William Morris and cut by W.H. Hooper, C.E. Keates and W. Spielmeyer, 87 woodcut illustrations designed by Sir Edward Burne-Jones, redrawn by Robert Catterson-Smith and cut by W.H. Hooper. Red morocco gilt, the covers with thin outer triple fillet gilt borders surrounding a large area of inlaid blue morocco, the onlays tooled with a wide elaborate border of interlacing strapwork, the spine in six compartments with raised bands, the bands highlighted with gilt fillets, lettered in the second compartment, the others with simple repeat pattern, the wide gilt turn-ins with an elaborate overall design incorporating fillets and overall gilt scrolling stylized foliage with a three-leaved fleuron tool and extensive use of small circlets to represent berries, morocco pastedowns with an elaborate gilt-tooled border incorporating a brown morocco inlay, gilt fillets and cornerpieces tooled with stylized foliage, blue morocco front and rear free endleaf panelled in gilt with five fillets, red morocco box, lettered and tooled in gilt "The Chaucer is not only the most important of the Kelmscott Press's productions; it is also one of the great books of the world" (Ray). The work was four years in the making and was produced by Morris completely without compromise: the text used was the best and most complete available, the paper was specially made entirely of linen rag, a new typeface was designed by Morris and cut purely for this work and a suite of exquisite illustrations was provided by Burne-Jones. Limited edition of 438 copies, this one of 425 copies. The germ of the idea for the Kelmscott Chaucer may well have sprung from Morris and Burne-Jones's days at Oxford where Morris is known to have developed a deep appreciation of Chaucer's works. Shortly after Morris founded the Kelmscott Press in 1891, he announced his intention of publishing an edition of Chaucer. The text was based on the Ellesmere manuscript (now in the Huntingdon Library, San Marino), as emended by Walter William Skeat, Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Cambridge ( From Manet to Hockney), but it was only with difficulty that Morris was able to get permission from the Clarendon Press to use Skeat's version. Morris was not satisfied with any of the papers available and commissioned a supply of pure rag paper which incorporated a watermark designed by him. Morris initially intended to use his Troy typeface, but again was unhappy with the initial trials and another typeface, "Chaucer," was especially produced for this work (Morris did still use the Troy type for the titles of the longer poems). The illustrations took Burne-Jones over three years to design: the original intention had been that the work should include 48 designs, but, with Morris's approval, this was gradually increased by the artist to 60, then 72, then 87. This profusion of illustrations, recalling the stained-glass windows of the medieval church, has resulted in what Burne-Jones aptly called "a pocket cathedral, it is so full of design." "Thanks to R. Catterson-Smith's bold redrawing in ink of Burne-Jones's pencil drawings and the fine wood engravings which W.H. Hooper made . they have . the strength and stylistic consistency of the best fifteenth-century illustrations" (Ray p.159). By the time the work was finished Morris was already unwell with what was to prove to be his final illness, and the Kelmscott Chaucer remains a worthy swansong. Burne-Jones considered it the "finest book ever printed; if W. M.[orris] had done nothing else it would be enough" and Eleanor Garvey, writing in The Artist and the Book noted that it was perhaps "the most famous book of. Bookseller Inventory # 16887

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Chaucer, Geoffrey; Morris, William; Burne-Jones, Edward [illus]

Published by The Kelmscott Press, Hammersmith (1896)

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Item Description: The Kelmscott Press, Hammersmith, 1896. Limited Edition [425]. 430mm x 300mm (17" x 12"). ii, 554pp. Eighty-seven woodcut illustrations after Edward Burne-Jones with title, borders and initials designed by William Morris. The masterpiece of the Kelmscott Press. The work encapsulates William Morris's intent to challenge all he thought wrong with the Industrial Revolution - the reduction of the individual craftsmanship of past times to a diminished, soulless template for the machine production of consumerism. Derived from exemplars of medieval manuscripts and early printed books, the works of the Kelmscott Press enshrined principles based on beauty and aesthetics - Morris's final challenge to a changing world. Language: eng G : in good condition without dust jacket as issued. Holland-backed spine darkened commensurate with age. Boards with soiling. Front inner hinge cracked. Occasional off-setting, otherwise contents VG. In blue boxed case Holland-backed spine on original blue hardback boards. Bookseller Inventory # j9015

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SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM

Published by Kelmscott Press, Middlesex (1893)

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Item Description: Kelmscott Press, Middlesex, 1893. Leather. Book Condition: Fine. 1st of This Edition. Limited to 510 copies of which this is one of 500 on paper. Printed in red and black with ornamental borders and initials. Finely bound in full olive green morocco with inlays of green and brown leather with ornate gilt work of floral and pontille design. Spine compartments of green and brown and panels of similar gilt. Housed in a full green leather clamshell box signed by the binder Bayntun-Riviere. One of the more popular books of this celebrated press it is rare thus and, in a near contemporary fine binding, a most desirable and lovely object. Size: Octavo. Bookseller Inventory # 17301

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MORRIS, William

Published by Hammersmith Sold by the Trustees of the late William Morris at the Kelmscott Press (1898)

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Item Description: Hammersmith Sold by the Trustees of the late William Morris at the Kelmscott Press, 1898. One Of The Scarcest Kelmscott Titles [KELMSCOTT PRESS]. MORRIS, William. The Story of Sigurd the Volsung and the Fall of the Niblungs. [Hammersmith: 1898]. Limited to 160 copies on paper, out of an edition of 166. Small folio (12 13/16 x 9 1/8 inches; 325 x 232 mm). Two wood-engraved illustrations designed by Sir Edward Burne-Jones. Section titles and shoulder titles printed in red. Original limp vellum, yapp edges, silk ties. Previous owner's bookplates. Aside from a bit of typical foxing on the sheet edges, as usual, this is a truly remarkable copy of one of the scarcest Kelmscott titles. Housed in a custom green cloth open-ended slipcase. Morris had originally intended having twenty-five illustrations for the Kelmscott Press Sigurd, and Burne-Jones had agreed reluctantly to supply them. During the period of 1895-1896, he complained about the task, thinking himself unfit for it. With the death of Morris at the beginning of 1897, Cockerell persuaded him to supply two illustrations for a less ambitious edition. Cattermole-Smith redrew the two designs and Hooper engraved them. The two borders used in this book were among the last to be designed by Morris, and one of the decorated letters ("A" in the third book), although designed for the Froissart, was only used here. "An edition of Sigurd which Morris considered the masterpiece by which he would be remembered, was first considered in 1892. It did not reappear in the Kelmscott Press lists until November 26, 1895 when it was listed as "in preparation." Finally it was "in the press" on June 1, 1896, with publication coming early in 1898. The two borders used in this book were almost the last that Morris designed. They were intended for an edition of The Hill of Venus, which Morris hoped to write in prose and publish with illustrations by Burne-Jones. The foliage was suggested by the ornament in two Psalters in the library at Kelmscott House. This work was originally intended as a small folio, and two pages only were set in type, with thirty-two copies being struck off in January, 1897. These were given to friends of Morris, along with the sixteen-page Froissart mentioned earlier." (óPeterson, A Bibliography of the Kelmscott Press, page 102, A50). Peterson A50 HBS 66508. $12,500. Bookseller Inventory # 66508

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KELMSCOTT PRESS] | MORRIS, William | BURNE-JONES, Sir Edward |

Published by Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1896. (1896)

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Item Description: Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1896., 1896. With Four Full-Page Illustrations Designed by Burne-Jones[KELMSCOTT PRESS]. MORRIS, William. The Well at the Worldís End. [Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1896].One of 350 paper copies. Large quarto. 496 pp. Printed in red and black in Chaucer type. Four wood-engraved illustrations designed by Burne-Jones. Decorative woodcut borders, initials, printerís device.Full yapp-edged limp vellum, lettered in gilt on spine. Original pale green silk ties. Engraved bookplate on front free end-paper. A fine copy. The Well at the Worldís End was longer in production than any other title printed at the Kelmscott Press. The book was announced in December 1892, with four woodcuts designed by C.F. Murray. In the spring of 1893, however, Morris decided to allow Arthur J. Gaskin to illustrate it. Dissatisfied with Gaskinís illustrations, Morris turned instead to Sir Edward Burne-Jones, whose designs were engraved as usual by W.H. Hooper. The text was set from the Longmans edition, which was being printed from the authorís manuscript at the Chiswick Press. (See Peterson.)Clark Library, Kelmscott and Doves, pp. 45-46. Peterson A39. Ransom, Private Presses, p. 329, no. 39. Sparling 39. Tomkinson, p. 117, no. 39. Bookseller Inventory # 02687

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Morris (W.)

Published by The Kelmscott Press,, Hammersmith, (1895)

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Item Description: The Kelmscott Press,, Hammersmith, 1895. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Small 4to. (8), 353, (2), (1 blank), (1 colophon), (3)pp. 2 full-page wood engravings designed by Sir Edward Burne-Jones. Numerous woodcut initials. Printed in red & black in Tory type. Original full limp vellum, very slightly worn, with silk tie. Exlibris on front end-paper. Limited to 206 set, this one of 200 on paper. with slipcase. A fine copy. Peterson A34Ā@. Bookseller Inventory # Y08091177

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Morris (W.)

Published by Kelmscott Press,, Hammersmith, (1894)

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Item Description: Kelmscott Press,, Hammersmith, 1894. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Which Has Been also Called the Land of Living Men or The Acre of the Undying. 4to. 177pp. Printed in red and black in Troy type, with table of contents in Chaucer type. With twenty-three wood-engraved illustrations designed by Walter Crane. Decorative woodcut borders and initials. Original full limp vellum, with green silk ties. Spine lettered in gilt. Limited to 257 copies of which this is one of 250 on paper. Presentation copy, inscribed by William Morris on front leaf, To Frank H. Smith. Peterson A 22Ā@. Bookseller Inventory # Y10102839

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KELMSCOTT PRESS.) MORRIS, William.

Published by Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1894 (1894)

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Item Description: Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1894, 1894. Large quarto. Original quarter linen backing blue paper boards, no label, edges uncut. Spine rubbed, a little wear to tips, a few short marginal tears or paper flaws not affecting text, marginal hole in sig. B7 covered with old tape, again text not affected, still an excellent copy of this apparently unrecorded trial printing. Wood-engraved illustrations designed by Walter Crane in the text; woodcut borders; 3-, 5-, 6- and 8-line initials; chapter titles in red. Bookplate of Robert Steele. Proof copy, printed on different paper to the regular Perch paper subsequently used for the 250 paper copies, presentation copy from Halliday Sparling to the medievalist Robert Steele, with his inscription on the blank preceding the half-title: "To Robert Steele, this 'retree' copy, from the 'corrector for the press', Halliday Sparling 2:xi:94" ("retree" is a printer's term, meaning slightly imperfect paper), and with an inscription below, in another hand: "Printed on the experimental paper first made for the K.P. and rejected as too hard. It was made from clippings of new sail-cloth of pure linen." The paper in this copy is certainly both too hard and slightly imperfect, with a number of small flaws (see note). Its slightly coarse surface has, on occasion (as for example on p. 22), resisted the printer's ink, resulting in partially grey print. The book is printed from a slightly different setting of type, indicative of prepublication state. For example, the woodcut vignette chapter heading on p. 50 has a left-hand woodcut border not extending as far as the body type, and the page retains its number, whereas all other chapter headings (and the final published version of this chapter) omit the page number. In the published version, the woodcut border is replaced with one that extends more elegantly below the last line of text. This trial printing is not recorded in Peterson. Peterson A22. Bookseller Inventory # 82373

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KELMSCOTT PRESS.) SHAKESPEARE, William.

Published by Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1893 (1893)

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Item Description: Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1893, 1893. Octavo (210 x 150 mm). Finely bound by the Chelsea Bindery in full green morocco, gilt titles and box design to spine, raised bands, gilt floral decoration to covers, gilt inner dentelles, marbled endpapers. Occasional spotting to pages, an excellent copy. Printed in black and red. First Kelmscott edition, one of only 500 copies printed. Peterson A11. Bookseller Inventory # 91614

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KELMSCOTT PRESS.) MORRIS, William.

Published by Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1897 (1897)

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Item Description: Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1897, 1897. Large quarto. Original limp vellum with yapp edges, titles to spine gilt, green silk ties. Some faint spots to edges of contents, vellum typically bowed. An excellent copy. Elaborate woodcut borders and ornaments entirely designed by William Morris, "except the initial words Whilom & Empty, which were completed from his unfinished designs by R. Catterson-Smith" (Colophon). Text printed in red and black Chaucer type in double columns, with a few lines in Troy type and shoulder-notes in red. First edition, one of 250 copies printed on Batchelor hand-made paper out of a limited edition of 256 copies. Morris's prose romance tells of the adventures of a naked heroine, Birdalone, who escapes from the claws of a witch and travels to a series of fantasy lands, including the Isle of Increase Unsought, which holds a critical mirror to Victorian Britain. With the bookplate of soap manufacturer and book collector William Malin Roscoe (1857Ė1915) designed by Edmund Hort New (1871Ė1931) in the same year the Kelmscott Press published The Water of the Wondrous Isles. Birmingham Group artist New provided design work for the Kelmscott Press from 1895 and illustrated Mackail's biography of Morris, which was published in 1901. Forman 168; Franklin p. 210; Peterson A45; Walsdorf 45. Bookseller Inventory # 92407

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Morris, William.

Published by (Hammersmith Kelmscott Press 1891) (1891)

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Item Description: (Hammersmith Kelmscott Press 1891), 1891. Octavo. (vi), 197, (vii)pp. First edition. One of 300 copies printed on paper. Presentation copy inscribed by Morris on second preliminary blank to Theodore Watts (-Dunton). Best known as the rescuer of Swinburne, Watts-Dunton was a respected literary critic and a friend to many in the Pre-Raphaelite circle, especially Rossetti. He was also a steady patron of the Kelmscott Press: in his bibliography, Peterson cites several presentation copies given to Watts-Dunton, including this one. An edition of Watts-Dunton's first book of poetry, The Coming of Love, had been planned for the Press, but it was never carried out (see Peterson B4). Poems by the Way is the second book of the Press, and the first printed in red and black. This marks the first appearance of many of the poems, one of which ("Goldilocks") was written especially for this book. A beautiful book designed by Morris, with a wide, white vine border to page one, and many ten-line and six-line initials of cunning design. Light soiling to spine, else fine in stiff vellum, ribbon ties detached and laid in. This copy belonged to English poet and playwright John Drinkwater, who published a critical study of William Morris in 1912. With his leather booklabel on front paste-down and ink ownership inscription. (Peterson A2). Bookseller Inventory # 22419

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KELMSCOTT PRESS] | GUILELMUS, Archbishop of Tyre |

Published by Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1893. (1893)

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Item Description: Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1893., 1893. The First Book Published and Sold at the Kelmscott Press[KELMSCOTT PRESS]. [GUILELMUS, Archbishop of Tyre]. The History of Godefrey of Boloyne and of the Conquest of Iherusalem. [Hammersmith: Sold by William Morris, at the Kelmscott Press, 1893].One of 300 paper copies, out of a total edition of 306 copies. Large quarto. xxii, [2], 450, [2] pp. Printed in red and black in Troy and Chaucer types. Decorative woodcut title, borders, and initials. Woodcut printerís device. Reprinted from Caxtonís edition of 1481. Edited by H. Halliday Sparling.Original full limp vellum with yapp edges. Spine lettered in gilt. Original brown silk ties. A couple of very small areas of rubbing on the edges, minimal foxing to the edges only, otherwise a near fine copy with the gilt on the spine bright and fresh. Housed in a quarter black morocco clamshell case."This book must from a literary point of view be considered one of Caxtonís most important works. It is not a Ďromance,í as it has been called by Dibdin, Blades, an others, but a very serious piece of history, the original of which is William of Tyreís Historia Rerum in partibus transmarinis Gestarum; from the French translation of which Caxton made his English version, bringing it to an end just after the death of Godfrey, whereas the Archbishop of Tyre carries on the history for many more years. The style of Caxtonís book is vigorous and agreeable, and often reads like the most dramatic of all historic works, Lord Bernerís translation of Froissart, and altogether it is a delightful book to read" (William Morris, quoted in Peterson)."This was the fifth and last of the Caxton reprints, with many new ornaments and initials, and a new printerís mark. It was first announced as in the press in the list dated Dec. 1892. It was the first book published and sold at the Kelmscott Press" (Sparling).Clark Library, Kelmscott and Doves, pp. 25-26. Peterson A15. Ransom, Private Presses, p. 326, no. 15. Sparling 15. Tomkinson, p. 112, no. 15. Bookseller Inventory # 01472

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Morris, William.

Published by Hammersmith: Sold by the Trustees of the late William Morris at the Kelmscott Press. (1897)

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Item Description: Hammersmith: Sold by the Trustees of the late William Morris at the Kelmscott Press., 1897. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. No Jacket. Limited Edition. Limited edition of 300 copies on paper (of a total of 308). 11 5/8 in. x 8 1/2 in., 91 pp., typographic title, Burne-Jones frontispiece, including the final Burne-Jones illustration facing p. 90. With the two full-page illustrations by Sir Edward Burne-Jones, engraved on wood by W. H. Hooper. With woodcut initials and borders, printing in red, blue and black using the Troy & the Chaucer types. Bound in the original full limp vellum, with gilt titling on the spine, and with well-preserved brown silk ties. Housed in a brown morocco-backed slipcase with five raised bands, gilt titling on the spine, brown cloth sides and matching chemise, and a cloth identification label on lower edge of slipcase. The front paste-down shows the bookplate of book & art collector, John Quinn (1870-1924), which was designed by Jack Butler Yeats (1871-1957 ). A copy in exceptional condition. "Love is Enough" is considered by many to be the greatest Kelmscott book after "Chaucer.". Bookseller Inventory # L-420

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KELMSCOTT PRESS.) CAXTON, William, translator.

Published by Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1892 [1893] (1893)

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Item Description: Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1892 [1893], 1893. Large quarto. Original limp vellum, titles to spine gilt, yellow silk ties. Vellum slightly rubbed and dulled, an excellent copy. Printed in Troy type in black and red with glossary in Chaucer type. Woodcut title-page and facing page with full woodcut page-border, numerous 8-line and smaller initials and partial borders. Limited edition, one of 300 copies on paper from a limited edition of 310, dated 1892 but issued in 1893. Peterson A10. Bookseller Inventory # 79821

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KELMSCOTT PRESS.) MORRIS, William.

Published by Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1896 (1896)

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Item Description: Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1896, 1896. Large quarto. Original full limp vellum by J. and J. Leighton of London, three red silk ties, titles to spine gilt, edges untrimmed. Small ownership signature to half-title and small ownership rubber stamp to limitation page. Vellum typically bowed and a little rubbed, ends of 2 silk ties lacking, faint partial tanning to endpapers. An excellent copy. Printed in the Chaucer type in double columns, black and red, with elaborate woodcut title page and 3 designs by Sir Edward Burne-Jones, woodcut initials and borders by Morris throughout. First Kelmscott edition. One of 350 copies on paper from a limited edition of 358 copies. Because of various production delays this splendid Kelmscott Press book spent several years in the making. Although William Morris had originally intended the Kelmscott edition to be the first the more conventional Chiswick Press edition was issued in 1894, two years before the Kelmscott edition. Buxton Forman 164; Ransom p. 329; Walsdorf 39. Bookseller Inventory # 90399

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Guilelmus (Archbishop of Tyre)

Published by Kelmscott Press,, Hammersmith, (1893)

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Item Description: Kelmscott Press,, Hammersmith, 1893. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Edited by H. Halliday Sparling. Large 4to. xxii, 450, (ii)pp. Printed in red and black in Troy and Chaucer Types. Reprinted from Caxton's edition of 1481. Original full limp vellum, with green silk ties. A small arer of rubbing to the foot of the spine, minimal foxing to the edges only, otherwise fine. Peterson A15. Bookseller Inventory # Y09101177

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Morris (W.)

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Item Description: Kelmscott Press,, Hammersmith, 1894. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 8vo. (4), 261pp. Woodcut frontispiece after Sir Edward Burne-Jones. Ornamental borders and initials, text printed in red and black. Original limp vellum, two silk ties, some slight soiling to vellum, light speckling to end-papers. Limited to 358 copies of which this is one of 350 on paper. With The 12 page Kelmscott catalogue for 1895 which contains the order from for Well at the World's End. Peterson A27Ā@. Bookseller Inventory # Y09101170

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William Caxton).

Published by The Kelmscott Press, Hammersmith. Bernard Quaritch. One of the 300 copies on paper (of a total of 310). (1892)

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Item Description: The Kelmscott Press, Hammersmith. Bernard Quaritch. One of the 300 copies on paper (of a total of 310)., 1892. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. No Jacket. Large quarto; 8 1/4 inches x 11 3/8 in., half-title; contents; title & first page of text with decorative borders, printing in red and black. [6]pp., pp. [1]-[163], including the colophon. Troy and Chaucer type, decorative woodcut initials. Full, limp vellum, with gold-lettered title on the spine, brown fabric ties (three of the two-part ties are broken off, with two strips of the ties present, but no longer attached). The spine shows light spotting, fading to the gilt. A near fine copy. Ransom; Kelmscott 10, p. 326. Bookseller Inventory # L-138

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Keats, John; [Morris, William]

Published by William Morris at the Kelmscott Press, Hammersmith (1894)

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Item Description: William Morris at the Kelmscott Press, Hammersmith, 1894. Stunning first edition of the Kelmscott Keats, edited by F.S. Ellis, one of three hundred copies printed on paper by William Morris. All the major poems are represented, including Endymion, Lamia, Isabella, Eve of St. Agnes, Hyperion, the sonnets, and the odes: "Darkling I listen; and, for many a time / I have been half in love with easeful Death, / Call'd him soft names in many a mused rhyme, / To take into the air my quiet breath." This copy bears a gift inscription by the popular English playwright Henry Arthur Jones, a longtime friend of William Morris. A decade later, presenting a vellum copy of the Kelmscott Chaucer to Harvard, Jones would write: "It is the loving handiwork of the greatest man whom I have known. It may be claimed for William Morris that his reputation would be a high and honorable one if it rested upon any one of his achievements: upon his poetry alone; his tales and essays alone; his dyeing alone; his weaving alone; his tapestry alone; his cabinet work alone; his printing alone. In every one of these arts he accomplished the good and faithful work of an ordinary lifetime." Peterson A24. A fine association copy, handsomely bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. Octavo, full modern russet morocco gilt, boards tooled in a geometric pattern, raised bands, gilt dentelles, top edge gilt, other edges uncut. Printed in Kelmscott's Golden type in red and black, title page and opening lines of Endymion set in elaborate woodcut border, decorative woodcut initals throughout the text. Housed in a custom slipcase. Bookseller Inventory # 100585

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LEFEVRE, Raoul

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Item Description: Hammersmith Kelmscott Press, 1892. The Kelmscott Edition of the First Book Printed in English [KELMSCOTT PRESS]. CAXTON, William, [translator]. [LEFEVRE, Raoul]. The Recuyell of the Historyes of Troye. [Hammersmith, London: Kelmscott Press, Sold by Bernard Quaritch, 1892]. One of 300 paper copies printed by William Morris at the Kelmscott Press. Three books in two volumes. Large quartos (11 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches; 290 x 210 mm). xv, [1], 295, [1, blank]; [297]-507, [3, blank], [509]-718 pp. Printed in red and black in Troy and Chaucer type. Decorative woodcut borders and initials. Edited by H. Halliday Sparling. Publisher's full limp vellum with yapp edges. Original green silk ties, four of which are partially missing. Spines lettered in gilt. Some very light age toning to vellum. A bit of foxing to bottom and fore-edges. A small catalog listing tipped in to front free endpaper of volume I. Overall, a very good set. A reprint of the first book printed in English, which had long been a favorite with Morris. Although there had been a number of earlier editions of the Recuyell, the Kelmscott Press version was the first to go back directly to Caxtonís text. This was the first book printed in Troy type, and the first in which Chaucer type was used (for table of contents and glossary). All of the ornaments in the margins and the initials throughout the text are by Morris. Clark Library, Kelmscott and Doves, pp. 18-19. Peterson A8. Ransom, Private Presses, p. 326, no. 8. Tomkinson, p. 109, no. 8. Sparling 8. HBS 65521. $6,500. Bookseller Inventory # 65521

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MORRIS, WILLIAM

Published by The Kelmscott Press, Hammersmith (1892)

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Item Description: The Kelmscott Press, Hammersmith, 1892. Limp Vellum. Book Condition: Near Fine. First edition. Small quarto. Bound in original limp vellum with original yellow ties. The only title that had a hand-lettered spine and the first volume from Kelmscott bound in limp vellum. This volume now with a custom built drop-back clamshell box and a mirrored text spine label. The vellum has minor soiling. The contents are clean and bright and without flaw. Previous owner book-plate to the inside cover. An early and very scarce title from the famed Kelmscott Press. From a small limited edition of 310 copies. Ransom, p. 325, number 5. An excellent copy in all respects. Bookseller Inventory # 016362

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Morris, William

Published by [Upper Mall, Hammersmith: Printed at the Kelmscott Press, April 1897 (1897)

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Item Description: [Upper Mall, Hammersmith: Printed at the Kelmscott Press, April 1897, 1897. Very attractive copy of this work, initially composed by Morris in verse and prose in 1895, but ultimately written entirely in prose and announced in June 1896. He read proofs of a few sections, and his daughter May finished the proofreading. It was not published until after his death First edition, one of 250 paper copies. Printed in red and black in Chaucer and Troy types. Large 4to. Decorative woodcut borders and initials designed by William Morris. 340 pp. Original limp vellum with silk ties. Spine titled in gold, uncut edges. Minor soiling of spine, a lovely fresh copy. Fine. Peterson A45; Ransom, Private Presses, p. 330; Sparling 45; Tomkinson 45. Bookseller Inventory # 260835

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LEFEVRE, Raoul

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Item Description: Hammersmith Kelmscott Press, 1892. The Kelmscott Edition of the First Book Printed in English [KELMSCOTT PRESS]. CAXTON, William, [translator]. [LEFEVRE, Raoul]. The Recuyell of the Historyes of Troye. [Hammersmith, London: Kelmscott Press, Sold by Bernard Quaritch, 1892]. One of 300 paper copies printed by William Morris at the Kelmscott Press. Three books in two volumes. Large quartos (11 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches; 290 x 210 mm). xv, [1], 295, [1, blank]; [297]-507, [3, blank], [509]-718 pp. Printed in red and black in Troy and Chaucer type. Decorative woodcut borders and initials. Edited by H. Halliday Sparling. Publisher's full limp vellum with yapp edges. Original green silk ties, partially missing. Spines lettered in gilt. Previous owner's bookplate. Some very light age toning to vellum. A very good set. Housed in a custom beige cloth open ended slipcase. A reprint of the first book printed in English, which had long been a favorite with Morris. Although there had been a number of earlier editions of the Recuyell, the Kelmscott Press version was the first to go back directly to Caxtonís text. This was the first book printed in Troy type, and the first in which Chaucer type was used (for table of contents and glossary). All of the ornaments in the margins and the initials throughout the text are by Morris. Clark Library, Kelmscott and Doves, pp. 18-19. Peterson A8. Ransom, Private Presses, p. 326, no. 8. Tomkinson, p. 109, no. 8. Sparling 8. HBS 66864. $6,500. Bookseller Inventory # 66864

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KELMSCOTT PRESS.) SWINBURNE, Algernon Charles.

Published by Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1894 (1894)

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Item Description: Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1894, 1894. Quarto. Original limp vellum, title to spine gilt, silk ties (broken). Bookplate of the celebrated book collector William Harris Arnold. Lightly rubbed, a very good copy. Printed in red and black with elaborate woodcut title page and woodcut initials and borders throughout. One of 250 copies on paper. Swinburne was a warm admirer of the Kelmscott Press books. "When Atalanta (which was first published in 1865) was reprinted by Morris, Swinburne wrote to him that it was 'certainly one of the loveliest examples of even your incomparable press'" (quoted in Peterson). The Greek type used for the quotations and dedicatory poems was designed by Selwyn Image, with the technical assistance of Emery Walker, the only instance in the Kelmscott Press books of Morris using a type not designed by himself. Peterson A25. Bookseller Inventory # 82368

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MORRIS, William

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Item Description: Kelmscott Press, 1891. One of 200 copies. Original vellum, yapp fore-edge and ribbon ties. Hand made paper. A very good copy indeed, very slight dustiness to the vellum. Pictorial title page with ornamental borders. Wood cut initials. The first book to come from Morris's Kelmscott Press. The printing of the 200 copies was completed in April and completely sold out by July. The story is a fantasy novel, which not only influenced the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, but which remains accessible to modern day readers. Bookseller Inventory # 31650

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KELMSCOTT PRESS.) MORE, Sir Thomas.

Published by Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1893 (1893)

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Item Description: Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1893, 1893. Octavo (205 × 140 mm). Printed in black and red. Original limp vellum, title to spine gilt, green silk ties. Housed in a green cloth slipcase. Bookplate of Mary Eason. An excellent copy. First Kelmscott edition, one of 300 copies on paper. Peterson A16. Bookseller Inventory # 79450

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KELMSCOTT PRESS] | MORRIS, William |

Published by Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1897. (1897)

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Item Description: Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1897., 1897. The Last Work Written and Designed by William Morris[KELMSCOTT PRESS]. MORRIS, William. The Water of the Wondrous Isles. [Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1897].One of 250 paper copies of an edition of 256. Large quarto. [2], 340, [1] pp. Embellished with decorative woodcut borders, ornaments, and initials all designed by William Morris, except for two large initial words Whilom & Empty, which were completed from his unfinished designs by R. Catterson-Smith. Full limp vellum. Spine lettered in gilt. Original rose silk ties. Armorial bookplate on front pastedown. A fine copy. Housed in a gray cloth slipcase."The borders and ornaments were designed entirely by William Morris, except the initial words Whilom/ & Empty, which were completed from his unfinished designs by R. Catterson-Smith" (Colophon)."Morris Ďbegan [his] new romance in verseí on 4 February 1895, but on 8 February Ďafter seeing B[urne]-J[ones] W.M. decided to write the new romance in prose & verse, & began to rewrite ití (Cockerell diary). Eventually Morris wrote it in prose alone In Cockerellís diary we catch glimpses of the dying Morris attempting in vain to complete the design of the initial word ĎEmptyí" (Peterson).Clark Library, Kelmscott and Doves, pp. 54-55. Peterson A45. Ransom, Private Presses, p. 330, no. 45. Sparling 45. Tomkinson, p. 120, no. 45. Bookseller Inventory # 01485

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MORRIS, William

Published by Hammersmith Sold by the Trustees of the late William Morris at the Kelmscott Press (1897)

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Item Description: Hammersmith Sold by the Trustees of the late William Morris at the Kelmscott Press, 1897. The Doheny Copy, With Two Illustrations by Sir Edward Burne-Jones [KELMSCOTT PRESS]. MORRIS, William. [Love is Enough, or The Freeing of Pharamond: A Morality]. [Hammersmith: Sold by the Trustees of the late William Morris at the Kelmscott Press, 1897]. One of 300 paper copies, out of a total edition of 308 copies. Large quarto (11 3/8 x 8 3/8 inches; 290 x 211 mm). [7, blank], [1], 90, [1], [1, blank] pp. With two full-page illustrations (frontispiece and illustration facing p. 90) designed by Sir Edward Burne-Jones and engraved on wood by W.H. Hooper. Decorative woodcut borders and initials. Printed in black, red, and blue in Troy and Chaucer types. Original full limp vellum with green silk ties. Spine lettered in gilt. Bookplate of Estelle Doheny. Overall an excellent copy. Love is Enough was first published in 1872. Shortly before, Morris had abandoned his plan to produce an ornamented and illustrated edition, though an illustration by Burne-Jones, slightly altered and redrawn by Robert Catterson-Smith, was later adapted for use in this Kelmscott Press edition. This was the second Kelmscott Press book to be printed in three colors (see Peterson). Clark Library, Kelmscott and Doves, pp. 61-62. Peterson A52. Ransom, Private Presses, p. 331, no. 52. Sparling 52. Tomkinson, p. 121, no. 52. HBS 65752. $6,000. Bookseller Inventory # 65752

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Item Description: London Kelmscott Press February 24, 1893. First edition. One of 225 copies. Small 4to. Bound in publisher's original limp vellum with green ties. A very good copy indeed. Engraved frontispiece by Sir Edward Burne-Jones and title page with an ornamental grape vine border. Decorative woodcut initials and borders. Titles printed in red. This volume is testament to the spontaneous nature of Morris's Kelmscott productions. Originally planned to include only Caxton's Order of Chivalry, this text was finished on 10th November, 1892. On a whim Morris decided to add L'Ordene de Chevalerie and translated the poem for this book. Sidney Cockerell's diary has the following entry, "Sat: Dec. 3. W. M. began the translation of an old French poem from which Caxton seems to have derived the idea of the Order of Chivalry. It was wonderful to watch the words slipping into their places". The text for the latter sections was printed by February 24th 1893 and bears a separate colophon. Bookseller Inventory # 31647

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Published by (Hammersmith Kelmscott Press 1893) (1893)

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Item Description: (Hammersmith Kelmscott Press 1893), 1893. Octavo. xiv, 282pp. One of 300 copies. Printed in Chaucer and Troy type in red and black. With woodcut initials and opening grapevine border. Edited by F. S. Ellis and with a Foreword by William Morris. Original full limp vellum shows some light wrinkling, else fine. Three ribbon ties intact; the fourth is present and laid in. (Peterson A16). Bookseller Inventory # 21998

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Morris (W.)

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Item Description: Kelmscott Press,, Hammersmith, 1897. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. A Morality. Large 4to. (i), 90, (i)pp. 2 full-page illus. designed by E.Burne-Jones and engraved on wood by W.H.Hooper. Decorative woodcut borders and initials. Printed in black, red, and blue in Troy and Chaucer types. Original full limp vellum, with silk ties, slightly worn otherwise good. Ex-libris put on front end-paper. with slipcase. Limited to 308 copies of which this is one of 300 on paper. Peterson A 52. Spariling 52. Bookseller Inventory # Y08121105

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Morris (W.)

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Item Description: The Kelmscott Press,, Hammersmith, 1897. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Small 4to. 340pp. Ornamental borders & initials throughout, printed in black & red. Original vellum with cloth ties. Limited to 250 copies. Ex-libris on front end-paper Peterson A45. Bookseller Inventory # Y09064449

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KELMSCOTT PRESS] | COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor | ELLIS, F.S. |

Published by Hammersmith: Sold by William Morris at the Kelmscott Press, 1896. (1896)

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Item Description: Hammersmith: Sold by William Morris at the Kelmscott Press, 1896., 1896. Coleridge's Poems[KELMSCOTT PRESS]. COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor. Poems Chosen out of the Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. [Hammersmith: Sold by William Morris at the Kelmscott Press, 1896].One of 300 paper copies, out of a total edition of 308 copies. Octavo. ii, 100 pp. Printed in red and black in Golden type. Decorative borders and initials. Edited by F.S. Ellis.Original full limp vellum with blue silk ties. Spine lettered in gilt. A fine copy. Housed in a gray cloth slipcase."As to the Coleridge-Keats question, you don't quite understand the position I think. Keats was a great poet who sometimes nodded: we don't want to make a selection of his works. Coleridge was a muddle-brained metaphysician, who by some strange freak of fortune turned out a few real poems amongst the dreary flood of inanity which was his wont. It is these real poems only that must be selected, or we burden the world with another useless book. Christabel only just comes in because the detail is fine; but nothing a hair's breadth worse must be admitted. There is absolutely no difficulty in choosing, because the difference between his poetry and his drivel is so striking" (William Morris to F.S. Ellis - undated letter).Clark Library, Kelmscott and Doves, p. 44-45. Peterson A38. Ransom, Private Presses, p. 329, no. 38. Sparling 38. Tomkinson, p. 117, no. 38. Bookseller Inventory # 01309

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Cockerell, S. C. (ed.)

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Item Description: Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1897. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. No Jacket. Measures 8 ½ in. x 11 ½ in. Blue boards with tan cloth spine. One of 225 copies on paper. Introductory material on pp. i-xi, followed by 23 leaves with reproductions of woodcuts, and text on pp. 24-36 text. Printed in red and in black. The reproductions are from books that were in William Morris's library. The bookplate of Parke W. Simmons, on a sheet only a bit smaller than the sheets in the book, appears on the front paste-down, attached only along its upper edge for ease of removal. Ransom, Private Presses, p. 331, no. 49. Sparling 49, p. 170. Tomkinson, p. 121, no. 49. Bookseller Inventory # L-338

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Chaucer, Geoffrey [Kelmscott Press] [William Morris]

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Item Description: Folio Society / Kelmscott Press, London. 2002, edition limited to 1010 copies. () Fine. [4], iv, 552, [3]. Folio. Full cream-coloured goatskin. Front board stamped elaborately with gilt floral designs and text from Chaucer. Spine in 5 compartments, gilt title to first and remaining stamped in gilt. Raised bands. A few spots of rubbing to edges of spine, else a pristine copy. Contained in original blue folding box, lightly rubbed and bumped. Lacking the small booklet with essay. Limited to 1000 numbered copies for sale, this being # 907. Original leaves with some light chipping to edges and a small separation, archivally repaired, at top and bottom of fold. INCLUDED with the facsimile is an original bifolium (pages 23-26) from the Knyghtes Tale of the celebrated Kelmscott Chaucer printed at Hammersmith in 1896. Two of the four original pages are fantastic, full page woodcuts with elaborate floral borders emblematic of the Press. The first woodcut features Emeyle praying to Dyane atop a stag. The second woodcut is of Arcite in the Temple of Mars. The remaining two text pages have 14 small and 1 large decorated initials and printing in red and black. The four original pages and the fine Folio Society facsimile together provide and excellent example of one the most magnificent and celebrated printed books of the last 150 years from the visionary Press of William Morris. It would be the last great work of his lifetime. Bookseller Inventory # 136042

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KELMSCOTT PRESS.) SHAKESPEARE, William.

Published by Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1893 (1893)

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Item Description: Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1893, 1893. Octavo. Original limp vellum by Leighton of London, titles to spine gilt, blue silk ties. Spine a little dust-soiled, ties torn away at ends, a very good copy. Printed in black and red. First Kelmscott edition, one of only 500 copies printed. Peterson A11. Bookseller Inventory # 73722

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Morris (W.)

Published by Kelmscott Press,, Hammersmith, (1891)

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Item Description: Kelmscott Press,, Hammersmith, 1891. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Which Has Been also Called the Land of Living Men or The Acre of the Undying. 188pp. Printed with Golden type. Initials and borders by W.Morris and engraved by W.H.Hooper. Original full limp vellum, with washleather ties, renewed, spine lightly soiled an drubbed, boards slightly bowed, bookplate. with slipcase. Limited to 206 copies of which this is one of 200 on paper. Peterson A 1. Bookseller Inventory # Y08121096

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KELMSCOTT PRESS) SWINBURNE, ALGERNON CHARLES

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Item Description: Kelmscott Press, Hammersmith, 1894. Vellum. Book Condition: Very Good. Limited First Edition. One of 250 copies printed on paper in black and red , woodcut title, borders and initials. Bookplate of noted British art collector and artist J. W. R. Brocklebank (1869-1926) front pastedown. "Note that the Greek letters in this book were designed by Selwyn Image for Messrs. Macmillan & Co., who have kindly allowed them to be used here. Sold by William Morris at the Kelmscott Press." A lovely copy, beautifully clean throughout, in the original limp vellum, vellum a bit age toned, backstrip lettered in gold, with 2 of the 6 original pale blue silk ties remaining (4 broken). Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Limited Edition. Bookseller Inventory # 004639

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Morris, William

Published by Kelmscott Press, London (1894)

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Item Description: Kelmscott Press, London, 1894. White limp vellum boards. Limited Edition [350]. 210mm x 150mm (8" x 6"). 261pp. G: in Good condition without dust jacket as issued. Cover darkened. One silk tie missing. Previous owner inscription [1894] on fep. Bookseller Inventory # d3030

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Herrick, Robert

Published by William Morris, at the Kelmscott Press, London (1895)

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Item Description: William Morris, at the Kelmscott Press, London, 1895. Hardcover. First Edition. One of 250 paper copies. xiv, 296 pp. Limp vellum with silk ties, lettering in gold on the spine; engraved title, borders, ornaments and initials; printed in Golden type. Edited by F. S. Ellis from the text of the edition put forth by the author in 1648. A fine copy. Peterson A37. ; Octavo. Bookseller Inventory # 66

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Kelmscott Press. Rossetti, Dante Gabriel

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Item Description: Kelmscott Press, Hammersmith, 1894. First edition. Original full limp vellum, silk ties, gilt lettering on spine. Limited edtion of 310 copies on Flower paper. The Kettenah Copy, a superb, flawless copy, very fine. All of the ties are present and full-length. "The Copy" to have, in terms of condition. Double-spread title page with lavish woodcut borders, superb woodcut initials throughout designed by William Morris. Bookseller Inventory # 1870

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Binding, Fine- Riviere (Kelmscott Press). Morris, William

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Item Description: Kelmscott Press, Hammersmith, 1893. First edition. Superbly bound by RIVIERE & SON in full crushed tan morocco with arabesque scrollwork border leaving attractive negative space on both covers, spine in six compartments, four of which ornately gilt and with gilt '1893' at foot of spine. Ornate gilt dentelles, light blue wavy silk moire endsheets and doublures, gilt rules on edges of boards. Original wrappers bound in at end. This early Kelmscott title was printed in public demonstrations during the 1893 Arts and Crafts Exhibition held in the New Gallery, becoming one of the expositions's most popular attractions. First appearance of the four-line initials and the first book Morris printed in the 16mo format. A wonderfully pleasing binding. Very fine. In felt-lined slipcase. Bookseller Inventory # 1897

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Kelmscott Press. Rossetti, Dante Gabriel

Published by The Kelmscott Press, Hammersmith (1894)

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Item Description: The Kelmscott Press, Hammersmith, 1894. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. One of 310 copies on flower paper. Octavo. xii, 197, (1) pp; wood-cut double title page, borders and initials. Original full limp vellum with yapped edges and original silk ties, gilt-lettered spine. Very good to near fine. Ornate lithograph bookplate of Philadelphia lithographer and printer John Louis Ketterlinus on ffep, silk ties are a little wrinkled and frayed on the ends, top edge dusty, text is clean and tight. Bookseller Inventory # 012488

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Spenser, Edmund

Published by Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1896 (1896)

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Item Description: Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1896, 1896. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. No Jacket. Illustrated Edition. BEAUTIFUL KELMSCOTT PRESS edition, one of only 225 copies on paper (out of a total edition of 231). Elegantly printed in Golden type in red and black and with twelve wood-engraved plates by Arthur J. Gaskin. Small quarto. Original linen backed blue gray printed boards. Ownership signature on front endpaper; minor wear to spine, bottom corner of upper cover slightly bumped. Generally an excellent copy of a rare and highly sought-after edition. Peterson A44. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-12169547029

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MORRIS, William.

Published by Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press (1894)

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Item Description: Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1894. Limited edition, one of 350 copies, 8vo, (iv), 260, (2) pp. Frontispiece by Burne-Jones and the first page of text within dark woodcut borders, lighter borders to the first page of each chapter, decorative initial letters, shoulder-notes in red. Original gilt titled limp vellum with yapp edges, lacking the ties, some light browning and soiling, one small mark to the lower cover. Written specifically for the Press, with the borders being used here for the first time. Peterson A27. Sparling 27. Forman 155. Bookseller Inventory # 20351

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Morris, William; Kelmscott Press

Published by (William Morris at the Kelmscott Press, 1894), (dated 30 May, but issued 16 October) (1894)

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Item Description: (William Morris at the Kelmscott Press, 1894), (dated 30 May, but issued 16 October), 1894. Limited Edition. Limited edition of 350 copies (8 copies were on vellum) Frontispiece designed by Sir Edward Burne-Jones and engraved on wood by W Speilmeyer. Printed in Chaucer type in black and red, decorative borders. 261pp., bound in limp vellum with green silk ties, some staining to very lower edge of rear vellum, internally fresh. A very lovely copy of this beautifully produced work from the Kelmscott Press, which Morris founded in 1891. The Kelmscott Press was devoted to publishing beautifully printed books in limited editions. [Peterson A27] Size: Oictavo. Bookseller Inventory # 019169

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KELMSCOTT PRESS.) [ORBELIANI, Sulkhan-Saba].

Published by Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1894 (1894)

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Item Description: Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1894, 1894. Octavo. Original limp vellum, titles to spine gilt, pink silk ties. Bookplate. Lower tie defective. Binding very lightly rubbed, faint spotting to endpapers. An excellent copy. Ornamental woodcut title page, first page of text, and initials. Printed in red and black in Golden type. First Kelmscott edition of this collection of traditional Georgian stories originally by Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani (1658-1725). One of only 250 copies on paper. Peterson A28; Ransom p. 328. Bookseller Inventory # 75340

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KELMSCOTT PRESS.) MORRIS, William.

Published by Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1897 (1897)

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Item Description: Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1897, 1897. Octavo (204 × 139 mm). Original cream cloth-backed blue boards, white paper label to spine and titles to upper board in black. Ownership inscription ("G. Colquhoun") to front free endpaper, small nicks to extremities, label faintly frayed. Otherwise a marvellous copy in excellent condition. Border 10; half and three-quarter borders; 3-, 6- and 12-line initials; chapter titles and shoulder notes in red; line-block map (on front pastedown) drawn by H. Cribb, Chaucer type. First edition, first impression. One of 300 paper copies. Described on the colophon as "the last romance written by William Morris", the book was published posthumously after Morris had dictated the ending to his friend Sydney Cockerell from his deathbed. A beautifully preserved document of Morris's peculiar fin-de-siècle mediaevalism, though at the same time celebrated as an important precursor for the modern fantasy genre. Peterson A51. Bookseller Inventory # 76301

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