([Pasadena, California]: Printed by André Chaves at the Clinker Press, 2003). 277 x 180 mm. (11 x 7").  pp. ONE OF 30 COPIES (this copy unnumbered).
Original vellum-backed white paper boards by David Weinstein. Each page with floral border inspired by Morris designs. A handful of tiny, faint spots to front board, otherwise very fine.
This is a lovely tribute to Morris and the private press movement from a hand press for the new millennium. Clinker Press was founded in 1996 by André Chaves, with the support of bookseller Peter Hays, paper purveyor Helen Driscoll, and professor of design Carl Heinz. The hand press was set up in Chaves' garage, with walls of clinker brick. The printer states on his website, "The name was derived not only from the clinker brick of the garage but also because clinker also implies something not very important and keeps things in perspective. I often remind visitors that printing is a trade and a craft; it is true that one may print artistically but the process is still ink and pressure." The press specializes in works on the art of printing and the Arts & Crafts Movement. These 12 short poems were part of Morris' "Earthly Paradise," but stand alone on their own merit. Chaves notes that the melancholy tone in the verses betrays Morris' personal anguish over his wife Jane's affair with their friend Dante Gabriel Rossetti. (ST13862)
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PJP Catalog: FinePress.006