Kelmscott Press

“Emery Walker, William Morris and the Best Surviving Arts and Crafts Interior in Britain”Lecture by Christopher Wilk in New York, 10 September 2012

The William Morris Society will sponsor a lecture by Christopher Wilk in New York on the 10th of September. Our co-sponsors are the Grolier Club, and the American Friends of Arts and Crafts in Chipping Campden, with the support of the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms. Sir Emery Walker, a distinguished printer and later the co-publisher of …

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

United States – Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, New York to John F. Kennedy Library, Solano County, California. Both of these libraries have a Kelmscott Chaucer. Check out this blog updating who owns copies of the book. Of the 425 paper and 14 vellum copies, William S. Peterson and Sylvia Holton Peterson have been …

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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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March Exhibit by 2012 WMS Award Winner a Success

Leslie Harwood at her Exhibition. Last month, residents of Milwaukee could stroll down to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Art History Gallery to see the exhibit “William Morris’ Earthly Paradise: Precursor to the Private Press Movement”. This was curated by Leslie Harwood, the 2012 winner of the William Morris Society Fellowship. We’ve written about her project …

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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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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 Kelmsoctt Chaucer in Miniature

The Kelmscott Chaucer, the masterpiece of William Morris’s Kelmscott Press, published a few months before Morris’s death in 1896, was described by its illustrator, Edward Burne-Jones, as a “pocket cathedral.” How big a pocket might hold the original (a folio) is hard to imagine but we have received word that there is a version which …

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Morris in The Time Traveller’s Wife

I didn’t see the film, The Time Traveller’s Wife, nor did I particularly want to. Audrey Niffenegger’s 2003 novel is he kind of book which would only be ruined in by cinematic treatment. Leave it in my memory as a wonderful read, unsullied by a director’s interpretation, actors’ voices, and the simplification and manipulation which …

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