7.2.11

The Kelmscott Press

William Morris established the Kelmscott Press at Hammersmith in January 1891. Between then and 1898, the press produced 53 books (totalling some 18,000 copies). Kelmscott was the culmination of Morris's life as a craftsman in many diverse fields. He set out to prove that the high standards of the past could be repeated - even surpassed - in the present. The books Morris produced were therefore medieval in design, modelled on the incunabula of the fifteenth century.

Below are the title-page & opening from Rossetti's "Ballads and Narrative Poems", published in 1893 (top); the end of the preface and opening of "The Nature of Gothic", published in 1892 (middle); and the opening from "The History of Godefrey of Boulogne", published in 1893 (bottom).




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