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MORRIS, William.

Some Hints on Pattern-Designing.

A Lecture Delivered at the Working Men's College, London, on December 10, 1881.

London, Printed at the Chiswick Press for Longmans & Co., 1899 Stock Code: 139750

A beautifully printed work in an equally attractive binding

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First edition, this copy in an attractive "Glasgow Style" art nouveau binding believed to be by Mary E. Sim, the rear turn-in stamped "M.S. 1905". The "Glasgow Style" was influenced by the arts and crafts movement and many of the tenets set out by Morris in this work. The movement emphasized aspects such as functionalism and simplicity, highlighting natural materials and organic forms. Sim worked in the Glasgow area and her designs were published in The Studio and the Art Journal.
Morris's important essay was first delivered at the Working Men's College on 10 December 1881. The work "summarizes succinctly views which would apply equally well to any branch of applied art" (PMM 367). As Walter Crane wrote of Morris's far-reaching aesthetic philosophy, "if it has not turned all British craftsmen into artists or all British artists into craftsmen, it has done not little to expand and socialise the idea of art, and (perhaps it is not too much to say) has made the tasteful English house with its furniture and decorations a model for the civilised world" (ibid.).

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Octavo (208 x 137 mm). Contemporary dark blue morocco, spine lettered in gilt in compartments, 5 triangular brown calf straps onlaid across spine, each surrounding raised band, geometric pattern tooled in gilt to covers with brown calf onlaid details, single rule frame in gilt across both covers and spine, board edges and turn-ins ruled in gilt, edges gilt.


Text printed with the Golden Type designed for the Kelmscott Press.


Spine a little toned, minor rubbing to ends, slight loss to calf onlay at joints, faint offsetting to endpapers, contents notably clean and bright; a near-fine copy, finished to a high standard.


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