The Ideal Book: William Morris and the Kelmscott Press
The Library’s newest rare book exhibit celebrates the works of William Morris, the finest 19th century English craftsman. He is often remembered today for Morris & Co. which manufactured and sold furnishings and décor such as wallpaper, stained glass, rugs and tapestries, but Morris also founded one of the most famous private presses – the Kelmscott Press – where he produced beautiful and limited-edition, hand-crafted books. The exhibition showcases many of the works of the Kelmscott Press, including the renowned Chaucer, as well as a selection of books from presses influenced in some way by Morris such as East Aurora’s Roycroft and Eden’s Aries. The history of the Kelmscott Press, the life of William Morris and the involvement of important individuals like the artist Edward Burne-Jones are included to add background to the stunning books on display.