a fine copy of the first kelmscott press book.
This copy includes a cutting from the Pall Mall Gazette from 31 October 1891 noting "Mr. William Morris has just issued from the Kelmscott Press a collection of his shorter poems..."
This collection is one of the finest and most complete collections of Kelmscott Press books offered on the market for many years. The collection includes, for example, specimen pages of Froissart's Chronicles (limited to 160 vellum copies in 1897) together with one of the 32 sets of incomplete sheets privately distributed to friends of Morris (see lot 240). The silk ties throughout the collection have been lightly gummed down onto the fixed endpapers and this measure has helped preserve the tie and bindings. Volumes from this collection have been used for exhibition purposes at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, February - March 1981 and the V&A Museum, London, May - September 1996.
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