William Morris in Private Press and Limited Editions: A Descriptive Bibliography of Books by and about William Morris, 1891-1981

William Morris in Private Press and Limited Editions: A Descriptive Bibliography of Books by and about William Morris, 1891-1981

William Morris in Private Press and Limited Editions: A Descriptive Bibliography of Books by and about William Morris, 1891-1981

William Morris in Private Press and Limited Editions: A Descriptive Bibliography of Books by and about William Morris, 1891-1981

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Just over fifteen years ago I started my quest for Morris, a sometimes ill-planned and often costly search for copies of all English language private press and limited edition books and pamphlets by and about William Morris. My starting point was always 1891, the starting date of Morris's Kelmscott Press. Morris's own works, other than Kelmscott Press editions, were often published in limited editions as well (sometimes as few as twenty-five copies). Fortunately these early limited editions did not hold my interest.

I had two goals: One, to purchase for my private library all those English language books by or about Morris that were privately printed or in limited editions published since 1891; and secondly, to purchase all Kelmscott Press titles in association copies, i.e., books signed by Morris, Cockerell, Burne-Jones; books owned by famous printers; books signed by the editors. The former task was, within reason, nearly accomplished. The latter has not been accomplished, and probably won't be by a person with my limited means. I have managed to acquire fifteen association titles, but that still leaves a vast number of association Kelmscott Press books out of my personal collection. Realizing that I probably can't afford to own association copies of each and every Kelmscott Press title led me to yet another avenue of search. If I could not own all I want, I thought, the next best thing would be to own old auction and dealer catalogues listing Kelmscott association items for sale. And so, another collection started, and with it the resulting notes in this book following each Kelmscott Press entry.

A note about my bibliographic style. Readers of bibliographies most often. I feel, read for one or two points of specific interest They approach a bibliography as one might approach a card catalogue in a library. They know a bit about a book, something of the author's name, or part of a title. They want from the catalogue, whether it be in card or printed book form, more information. So, I reasoned, not being a trained bibliographer, but once having been a trained librarian, the science of bibliography must be as standard as the science of cataloguing a book. If I wanted to catalogue a book, I might well see an example in a card catalogue, note the form, and do the same for my . . .

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