[MORRIS, William, his copy] -- [KELMSCOTT PRESS]. MORRIS, William (1834-1896). Gothic Architecture: A Lecture for the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society. Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1893.
16mo (145 x 102 mm). Printed in Golden type in black and red, 6-line and 40-line initial capitals, title-page printed in red and black, shoulder notes printed in red. Original holland-backed blue paper boards, printed title on upper cover, uncut (spine ends slightly frayed, some minor soiling or spotting to covers, spine, and fore-edge, hinges loose, vellum pastedowns slightly lifting at edges). Provenance: William Morris (signed and dated "William Morris Nov: 9th 1893" on second blank leaf, his Kelmscott House Hammersmith bookplate).
ONE OF 45 COPIES ON VELLUM. WILLIAM MORRIS'S COPY, SIGNED BY MORRIS WITH HIS BOOKPLATE.
One of 45 copies on vellum of a total edition of 1,545, FIRST ISSUE, with the mis-prints "gilds" for "guilds" in the shoulder note on p. 41, and "Van Eck" instead of "Van Eyck" p. 45 line 1. According to Peterson, the second state readings are present in both the second and third impressions and in all the vellum copies (unlike the present copy, and possibly unique).
Work on the book began in August 1893, before production moved to the New Gallery for the annual Arts and Crafts Exhibition. It "was printed in public, under the eyes of an interested and constantly renewed crowd, whose presence imposed a severe strain upon the pressman Collins's Celtic modesty" (Sparling, The Kelmscott Press and William Morris Master-Craftsman, 1924, p. 87). "It was the first book printed in 16mo. The four-line initials used in it appear here for the first time." (Cockerell 18). Peterson A18 (recording another copy on vellum with Morris's bookplate and a note by Cockerell recording its sale to Henry Gamman, later offered in the sale of the Estelle Doheny Collection, Christie's New York, 19 May 1989, lot 2303).
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