Book arts

William Morris Society at the Morgan Library

Each year during the annual Modern Language Association Convention, the William Morris Society sponsors one or two sessions of papers and also takes a field trip to a local arts and crafts site. This year I organized a special session on Pre-Raphaelites in the Pierpont Morgan Library, so we visited the Morgan for a private …

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Mark Samuels Lasner: A Genius of Collecting and Connecting

“Mark Samuels Lasner is a genius of collecting, and he is a genius of connecting.” Elaine Showalter’s tribute to Samuels Lasner was part of her keynote address at the symposium “Celebrating the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection,” held at the University of Delaware March 17-18, 2017. The symposium, which marked Samuels Lasner’s donation of his extraordinary …

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New book: The Multifaceted Mr. Morris

Easily the most ambitious book project by Ray Nichols & Jill Cypher of Lead Graffiti, The Multifaceted Mr. Morris is the catalogue of the William Morris exhibition mounted in the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection at the University of Delaware for the “Useful & Beautiful” conference held in October 2010. More than 30 books, manuscripts, drawings, and other works are described and …

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April feature continued: Places to visit in the United States to see works by Morris and Morris and Co.

Illinois – Augustana College. Rock Island, Illinois. Augustana College is featuring an exhibit titled “William Morris: Visions of An Ideal World” until 17 May. According to the Augustana College website, the exhibit includes works “produced by the Kelmscott Press, a private printing press started by Morris in 1891. Complementing the books will be Arts and …

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“Searching for a Famous Book: A Census of the Kelmscott Chaucer” – presentation 29 Septmeber at the Library of Congress

On Thursday, 29 September, the Library of Congress will hold a special event, “Searching for a Famous Book: A Census of the Kelmscott Chaucer.” This presentation, by William S. and Sylvia Holton Peterson, celebrates the publication of their new book, The Kelmscott Chaucer: A Census, from Oak Knoll Press (2011). Two of the Library of …

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A Cure for the Winter Doldrums… Books by and about William Morris

Is this interminable winter getting to you? Are you looking for a great new book to sink your teeth into? Check out the full list of titles that are currently available for sale from the William Morris Society in the United States through the following URL: www.morrissociety.org/ahobooks.pdf Life member Gary L. Aho, professor emeritus of …

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Collecting Kelmscott and William Morris on ABE

The online bookstore, Advanced Book Exchange, one of the largest seller of secondhand, antiquarian, and rare books, recently posted a short piece on “Collecting Kelmscott: William Morris & His Quest for Fine Books.” Admittedly an enticement for people to buy books offered by ABE’s booksellers, the article reads as follows: More than 100 years after …

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Fancy and Imagination: Beardsley and the Book Illustrators Exhibition at the University of Leeds

Two concurrent exhibitions at the University of Leeds, one of drawings and prints, the other of illustrated books, include work by William Morris and his contemporaries. Fancy and Imagination: Beardsley and the Book Illustrators is on at the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery, while the book show is being held across the street in the …

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The Ideal Book: William Morris and the Kelmscott Press Exhibition in Buffalo, NY

From 7 October 2010 to 30 January 2011 the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, in Buffalo, NY, will hold an exhibition entitled The Ideal Book: William Morris and the Kelmscott Press. The library—let’s not forget that Buffalo was in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries one of the largest and most affluent American …

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“Useful & Beautiful: The Transatlantic Arts of William Morris ant eh Pre-Raphaleites”: Conference and Related Events in Delaware, 7–9 October 2010

“Useful & Beautiful: The Transatlantic Arts of William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelites” will be the subject of a conference and related exhibitions to be held 7-9 October 2010 at the University of Delaware (Newark, DE) and at the Delaware Art Museum and the Winterthur Museum & Country Estate (Wilmington, DE). Organized with the assistance of …

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