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KELMSCOTT PRESS.

Rare books and first editions printed by William Morris at the Kelmscott Press.

The Kelmscott Press (operating 1891–98) was a private press founded by the English designer and author William Morris (1834–69). Morris was a socialist intellectual who believed that industrialisation had alienated workers from the products of their labour and lowered the quality of goods. His advocacy of skilled craftsmanship and the aesthetic sensibilities of the Middle Ages led to the birth of the highly influential Arts & Crafts movement. Morris’ interior design firm led the way in the production of wallpapers, stained glass, and textiles, and in 1891 he founded the Kelmscott Press to produce fine hand-made books that were inspired by illuminated manuscripts and the typography of Italian Renaissance printers. The products of the Kelmscott Press include some of the most beautiful books ever created, including the monumental Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, as well The Poems of William Shakespeare, Thomas More’s Utopia, new editions of medieval works such as Reynard the Foxe and The Order of Chivalry, and poetry and essays by contemporary authors including Rossetti, Swinburne, and Morris himself.

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  1. 111626comp
    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Phyllis Marion Ellis, from William Morris, October 21st 1891". The recipient was the daughter of Frederick Startridge Ellis, Morris's executor, publisher, and close friend. They met in 1864, introduced by Algernon Charles Swinburne... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 111626

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  2. .
    First Kelmscott edition, one of 300 copies on paper, uncommon in this condition with the silk ties intact: "They are, incidentally, the most fragile part of the Kelmscott books and are broken on many copies" (Peterson p. xxxvi). The main text reproduces the second edition of Ralph Robinson's English translation, first published... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 110283

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  3. 126008
    First edition, printed by William Morris at the Kelmscott Press, one of only 310 copies on paper from an edition of 316. Dante Gabriel Rossetti was a close friend of and collaborator with Morris and Burne-Jones. Learn More
    £2,650

    Stock Code: 126008

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  4. Atalanta in Calydon:
    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... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 82368

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  5. 129034
    First Kelmscott edition, one of 250 paper copies, from an edition of 256 (six copies on vellum were also issued). The book was printed using Golden type, the first of three types designed by William Morris himself; it took Edward P. Prince almost a year to cut the punches, between January and December 1890. As an experiment... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 129034

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    Limited edition, one of 515 copies. A superb copy of the Basilisk Press facsimile of the Kelmscott Chaucer. Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 109804

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