(London: Printed at the Chiswick Press for Longmans & Co., 1899). 210 x 140 mm. (8 1/4 x 5 1/2"). 1 p.l., 45 pp. FIRST EDITION.
Appealing dark tan morocco, blind-tooled in the Arts & Crafts style (stamp-signed "19-H I P-10" in gilt on rear turn-in), covers with blind-ruled French fillet frame, central panel of upper cover with lettering at its head in the style of the Kelmscott Press, with two small leaf tools and the date in Roman numerals, below it a field semé with rows of alternating blind-stamped quatrefoils and open dots, raised bands, vertical gilt titling, brown handmade endpapers, all edges gilt. PMM 367b; LeMire A-94.01. Spine evenly darkened to brown, a little darkening to cover edges as well, other very minor imperfections, but a very nearly fine copy--clean, fresh, and bright internally, in a binding with few signs of wear.
Printed in the Golden type designed by William Morris for the Kelmscott Press, this book, from a lecture delivered to the Working Men's College in London, is cited by "Printing and the Mind of Man" for vindicating Morris' claim that "good design should be extended to objects for use as well as objects of art." It was bound in the spirit of the Arts & Crafts Movement by a talented artisan. We have not been able to discover the identity of H. I. P., but the skill manifested here suggests that he or she very likely studied at one of the schools of Arts & Crafts or took private lessons with a professional binder. (ST17129-055)
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PJP Catalog: 79.164