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    Sale 1922

    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

    3 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 506

    [KELMSCOTT PRESS]. MORRIS, William (1834-1896). Poems by the Way. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1891.

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    [KELMSCOTT PRESS]. MORRIS, William (1834-1896). Poems by the Way. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1891.

    4o (200 x 150 mm). Golden type, printed in black and red, one full-page woodcut border, six- and ten-line initials. Bound in a William Morris Jacquard-woven scarlet and gold silk and cotton textile with an artichoke and floral pattern, modern morocco gilt spine labels, and patterned paper doublures, top edges gilt, others uncut (fore and lower edges a bit browned); red cloth slipcase with morocco gilt label. Provenance: John A. Saks (bookplate; his sale Christie's New York, 20 May 1983, lot 132).

    LIMITED EDITION, one of 300 copies on paper of a total edition of 313. The handsome binding fabric is an example of a William Morris or Henry Dearle designed Brocatel ca 1888, which conforms precisely to Morris' avowed principles of textile production: "Never introduce any shading for the purpose of making an object look round . . . beautiful and logical form relieved from the ground by well-managed contrast or gradation, and lying flat on the ground will never weary the eye" (from Textiles, a lecture published by the Arts and Crafts Society in 1893). Cockerell 2; Peterson A2. William Morris by Linda Parry (p. 358, fig. 115) ; Victoria and Albert Museum Catalogue CIRC.125-1953.

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