(Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1936). 235 x 160 mm. (9 1/4 x 6 1/4"). Two volumes. With an introduction by Bernard Shaw. FIRST EDITION. ONE OF 750 COPIES.
Publisher's linen backed blue paper boards, spines with printed paper label, upper edge smooth, others untrimmed and MOSTLY UNOPENED. With frontispiece in each volume and a total of three plates and one in-text illustration after Charles Fairfax Murray, F. L. Griggs, and Edward Burne-Jones. With several inserted tissue guards, volume II with additional spine label tipped-in on rear flyleaf. Spine and label a bit browned, top of upper board slightly faded, a touch of soiling, edges a little dust-soiled, but still a very good copy, and the contents in near perfect condition.
This is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in William Morris and the Kelmscott Press, containing a collection of his prose, lectures, and letters selected and edited by his daughter, much of it previously unpublished or difficult to find in print. Volume I is devoted to William Morris as an artist and writer, with a number of his papers on the Arts & Crafts movement, as well as selections of his poetry and translations of Icelandic verse. Volume II is devoted to Morris' involvement in socialism, including an account of "William Morris as I knew him" by his good friend George Bernard Shaw, as well as various letters, lectures, and articles on the subject. Both volumes include rich commentary on his life and works written by daughter May Morris (1862-1938), herself an accomplished embroiderer and a co-founder of the Women's Guild of Arts. Although intended as a supplement to the 24-volume Collected Works of William Morris (1910-15), the set is considered complete on its own and the present two volumes have always been sold separately. (ST15198e)
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PJP Catalog: SE19BF.073