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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. The Tale of King Florus and the Fair Jehane.
    (KELMSCOTT PRESS.) MORRIS, William (trans.) The Tale of King Florus and the Fair Jehane.

    Hammersmith : 1893

    First edition of Morris's translation of this story, taken from the work Nouvelles françaises en prose du XIIIième siècle which was originally published in Paris in 1856. King Florus and the Fair Jehane would later appear in the work Old French Romances Done into English by William Morris, published by George Allen in 1896. This... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 139267

  2. Atalanta in Calydon:
    (KELMSCOTT PRESS.) SWINBURNE, Algernon Charles. Atalanta in Calydon:

    Hammersmith : 1894

    First Kelmscott edition, one of 250 copies on paper; a further 8 copies printed on vellum were also issued. Swinburne was a warm admirer of the Kelmscott Press books, and "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'"... Learn More
    £4,000.00

    Stock Code: 140418

  3. The Tale of the Emperor Coustans and of Over Sea.
    (KELMSCOTT PRESS.) MORRIS, William, trans. The Tale of the Emperor Coustans and of Over Sea.

    Hammersmith : 1894

    First edition of Morris's translation of these French romance tales, one of 525 copies on paper (with an additional 20 printed on vellum). Morris's translations from these 13th-century French romances were subsequently collected as the first two of the four Old French Romances. Done into English by William Morris (1896). This copy was has four... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 139268

  4. The Works.
    (KELMSCOTT PRESS.) CHAUCER, Geoffrey. The Works.

    London : 1974

    Limited edition, one of 515 copies. A superb copy of the Basilisk Press facsimile of the Kelmscott Chaucer, the second volume providing insight into the Press, the work, and its illustrations. Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 135767

  5. The Works.
    (KELMSCOTT PRESS.) CHAUCER, Geoffrey. The Works.

    London : 1974

    Limited edition, one of 515 copies. A superb copy of the Basilisk Press facsimile of the Kelmscott Chaucer, the most ambitious and magnificent book of the the Kelmscott Press. Burne-Jones called the book "a pocket cathedral it is so full of design", and "the finest book ever printed; if W.M. had done nothing else it would be enough." "The Kelmscott... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 109804

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