Victorian volumes

May 14, 2009

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William Morris, a Victorian-era architect and designer, became so excited following printer Emery Walker’s November 1888 lecture on printing that he proposed to Walker: "Let’s make a fount of type". And so began one of the most famous of private presses, Morris’s Kelmscott Press. In the remaining eight years of his life Morris printed over 50 Kelmscott Press imprints. Today, an anonymous donor has given 10 Kelmscott Press books to the SFU Library’s special collections. All are in very fine condition and add significantly to the library’s private, fine-printing and history-of-the-book collections. Shown here is the title page to Syr Perecyvelle of Gales (1895).


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