¶ "I began printing books with the hope of producing some which would have a definite claim to beauty, while at the same time they should be easy to read and should not dazzle the eye, or trouble the intellect of the reader by eccentricity of form in the letters. I have always been a great admirer of the calligraphy of the Middle Ages, and of the earlier printing which took its place." — William Morris
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Brian Johnson, son of Folger Johnson of Portland, Oregon [see this earlier post], has found the sales receipt for his father’s copy of the Chaucer from Philip C. Duschnes, 5 May 1945, for $950 (probably Census 4.400 and 4.412).
Tom Riedlinger has recently sent us a scan of this portrait of Robert Catterson-Smith, a pastel painting by T. Murray Bernard Bladon in about 1920. It was for many years owned by the Central School of Arts and Crafts in … Continue reading
Tom Riedlinger has very kindly sent us this photograph and brief obituary of W. H. Hooper, who was Morris’s chief wood-engraver; they appeared in the Illustrated London News, 2 March 1912, p. 314. This is the text accompanying the photo: … Continue reading
The following article contains a reference to item 1.10 in our Census, a vellum copy bound by Kurt Londenberg, presently in a private collection in Switzerland: “Ala Londenberg: Nachträge zum Werkverzeichnis Kurt Londenberg.” Philobiblon, 42.1 (March 1998): 26–45, no. 23.
In our Census (2.86) we have described how the copy of the Chaucer — now in the National Library of Ireland — came into the hands of W. B. Yeats in 1905. The clipping above, from an unidentified magazine or newspaper, does … Continue reading
Robert Simola, on his blog Chaucer Editions: An Incomplete Collection of Illustrated editions of Chaucer’s Works, includes the Kelmscott Chaucer, with a list of all the known facsimile editions of it and 153 images of pages.