(Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1893). 146 x 108 mm. (5 3/4 x 4 1/4"). 1 p.l., 68 pp. ONE OF 1,500 COPIES on paper (and 45 on vellum.).
Original holland-backed blue paper boards. Woodcut initials and small woodcut decorations in the text. Headlines and sidenotes printed in red. Front pastedown with bookplate of J. Harsen Purdy. Peterson A-18; Sparling 18; Forman 146; Tomkinson, p. 112. AN EXTREMELY FINE COPY, the binding remarkably clean, and the text showing no signs of use.
This little book was our private press' least private work. It was printed in public as a "moving exhibit" during the 1893 Arts and Crafts Exhibition held in the New Gallery, becoming one of the exposition's most popular attractions. The text was taken from Morris' lecture before the Crafts Exhibition Society in 1889. According to Sparling, this is the first appearance of the four-line initials used here and the first book Morris printed in the sextodecimo format. Our copy has "Eyk" for "Eyck" on page 45, apparently indicating the first state of the text. A descendant of one of Manhattan's oldest families, former owner J. Harsen Purdy was a member of the Grolier Club for 32 years. (CBJ1756)
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PJP Catalog: 72.183