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KELMSCOTT PRESS: MORRIS, William.

Poems by the Way.

Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1891 Stock Code: 145199
£6,750.00
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Presentation copy to Georgiana Burne-Jones

First edition, a superb presentation copy to Georgiana Burne-Jones, inscribed by the author on the initial blank "to Georgie from WM Oct: 22nd 1891".

Georgiana Burne-Jones met Morris through her friendship with, and eventual engagement to, Edward Burne Jones. The pair spent summer holidays with William and Jane Morris at Red House, and worked together on various decorating projects. In 1861 the decorative arts firm Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co was founded, and Georgiana was employed painting tiles. The friendship between Georgina and Morris was a close one, and it has been suggested that they were in love, but if he asked her to leave her husband (as some of his poetry of these years suggests), she refused. The pair remained friends until Morris' death in 1896.

This was the first Kelmscott Press volume printed in two colours, and the first to feature the smaller Kelmscott printer's mark (which appears twice: at the end of the table of contents and the colophon leaf). Published on 20 October 1891, it was the second book produced by the Kelmscott Press, and Morris's final volume of poetry.

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Description

Octavo. Original stiff vellum, yapp edges, original green silk ties.

Illustrations

Elaborate woodcut title-page and woodcut initials throughout, text printed in black and red.

Condition

Light toning to spine, minor discolouration to endpapers, contents clean. A very good copy, preserving the silk ties.

Bibliography

Hayward 277; Peterson A2.

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