He also established the 'Kelmscott Press
,' which he made famous for its production of elaborate artistic editions of great books.
Veblen ridiculed showpieces like the Kelmscott Press
's hand-printed Works of Geoffrey Chaucer (1896), which were strikingly beautiful but nearly impossible to read.
In the final chapter, "The Presentation of Wonder," Bennett explores ways in which Kelmscott Press
editions complement and embody the meanings of Morris's romances.
Annette was a collector of the late-Victorian Kelmscott Press
, and I had recently begun to acquire early novels written by women.
There are also the magnificent art editions from the Kelmscott Press
(1896), the Golden Cockerel Press (1927), the Shakespeare Head Press (1928) and the Basilisk Press (1975): all are here.
Add to that a complete set of volumes from Morris's own Kelmscott Press
, many printed luxuriously on vellum, and 87 glass slides of Burne-Jones's illustrations for the Kelmscott Chaucer.
Later at the Kelmscott Press
, she sometimes helped with proofreading and designed the cover for a volume of Blunt's poems.
Highlights include the Grammar of Ornament and the works of Christopher Dresser, the Kelmscott Press
, and Middlesbrough's wonderful facsimile Lindisfarne Gospels.
The Kelmscott Press
was founded in 1890 by which English painter, poet and socialist writer?
The book begins with a brief but detailed introduction describing both the histories of William Morris's Kelmscott press
and how Morris went about the creation and design of the Kelmscott Chaucer, the layouts and formats of the various editions, and the tension between Morris and bookseller Bernard Quaritch over the omission of Quaritch's name in the colophon.
An equally impressive multi-media versatility defines the Burne-Jones aesthetic, whether he is designing embroidered slippers for his 'pet', Frances Horner, jewellery (such as a cross for the lucky 1883 May Queen of Whitelands College), mosaics or the more familiar stained glass, tapestries and, in his final collaboration with Morris, stately illustrations for The Works of Henry Chaucer, published by Kelmscott Press
I myself witnessed the selling off of Coventry's fine book collection, including a number from the Kelmscott Press