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Kelmscott Press

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Works: 813 works in 1,171 publications in 2 languages and 14,533 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Legends  Fiction  Poetry  Biographies  History  Fantasy fiction  Illustrated works  Sonnets  Bibliography 
Roles: Printer, Publisher, Other
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Most widely held works about Kelmscott Press
 
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Most widely held works by Kelmscott Press
Gothic architecture : a lecture for the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society by William MORRIS( Book )

7 editions published in 1893 in English and held by 233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poems by the way by William (Künstler Morris( Book )

3 editions published in 1891 in English and held by 221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poems by the Way / William Morris
A note by William Morris on his aims in founding the Kelmscott Press : together with a short description of the press by William Morris( Book )

3 editions published in 1898 in English and held by 199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The nature of Gothic : a chapter of the Stones of Venice by John Ruskin( Book )

9 editions published between 1892 and 2011 in English and held by 191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In its indictment of meaningless modern labour and its celebration of medieval architecture, The Nature of Gothic could be called the foundation stone of Morris's aesthetic and purpose in life. Forty years after he first read it, Morris chose Ruskin's test for one of the first books to be published at his Kelmscott Press, using his own Golden type ... The Kelmscott Nature of Gothic encapsulates the meeting of two remarkable minds and embodies their influence on word, image and design"--Page 4 of cover
The story of the Glittering Plain : which has been also called the Land of living men or the Acre of the undying by William Morris( Book )

10 editions published between 1891 and 1894 in English and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Story of the Glittering Plain, one of Morris' many fantasy novels, €was first published in 1891. Along with earlier fantasies like The House of the Wolfings and The Roots of the Mountains, this volume provided inspiration for the modern fantasy tales of today. This volume recounts the quest of Hallblithe, a member of the House of the Raven. Wishing to rescue his lover, referred to only as Hostage, Hallblithe journeys to the Land of the Glittering Plain to battle the pirates that have kidnapped her, encountering the immortal inhabitants of the land along the way. This 1894 volume is a stunning, ornately adorned Kelmscott edition of the work
Beowulf, with the Finnsburg fragment by Beowulf( Book )

4 editions published in 1895 in English and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The famous translation into modern English verse with imitative meter and archaic diction.  Morris and Beowulf were both particular favorites of Tolkien
News from nowhere; or, An epoch of rest: being some chapters from a utopian romance by William Morris( Book )

7 editions published between 1892 and 1893 in English and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Frequently studied alongside works like Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward, William Morris' News from Nowhere was originally published in 1890. Combining utopian socialism with science fiction, the book tells the story of narrator William Guest and his finding himself in a future society after falling asleep at a meeting of the Socialist League. This future is based on the principles of common ownership, where there is no private property, authority, monetary system, divorce, court system, prison or class structure. While notable for many reasons, Morris' work is most celebrated for its fusing of Marxist ideas and the romantic literary tradition. This 1893 volume is a stunning, ornately adorned Kelmscott edition of the seminal political work
The golden legend : readings on the saints by Jacques de Voragine( Book )

3 editions published in 1892 in English and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Depicting the lives of the saints in an array of factual and fictional stories, The Golden Legend was perhaps the most widely read book, after the Bible, during the late Middle Ages. It was compiled around 1260 by Jacobus de Voragine, a scholarly friar and later archbishop of Genoa, whose purpose was to captivate, encourage, and edify the faithful, while preserving a vast store of information pertaining to the legends and traditions of the church. In this translation, the first in English of the complete text, William Granger Ryan captures the immediacy of this rich work, which offers an important guide for readers interested in medieval art and literature and, more generally, in popular religious culture. Arranged according to the order of saints' feast days, these fascinating stories are now combined into one volume. This edition also features an introduction by Eamon Duffy contextualizing the work
Child Christopher and Goldilind the Fair by William Morris( Book )

6 editions published in 1895 in English and held by 144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Of the friendship of Amis and Amile by William Morris( Book )

4 editions published in 1894 in English and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The love-lyrics & songs of Proteus by Wilfrid Scawen Blunt( Book )

6 editions published in 1892 in English and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The water of the Wondrous isles by William Morris( Book )

3 editions published in 1897 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Plot: "Stolen as a child and raised in the wood of Evilshaw as servant to a witch, Birdalone ultimately escapes in her captress's magical boat, in which she travels to a succession of strange and wonderful islands. Among these is the Isle of Increase Unsought, an island cursed with boundless production, which Morris intended as a parallel of contemporary Britain and a vehicle for his socialistic beliefs. Equally radical, during much of the first quarter of the novel, Birdalone is naked, a highly unusual detail in Victorian fiction. She is occasionally assisted out of jams by Habundia, her lookalike fairy godmother. She encounters three maidens who are held prisoner by another witch. They await deliverance by their lovers, the three paladins of the Castle of the Quest. Birdalone is clad by the maidens and seeks out their heroes, and the story goes into high gear as they set out to rescue the women. Ultimately, one lady is reunited with her knight, another finds a new love when her knight is killed, and the last is left to mourn as her champion throws her over for Birdalone."--Wikipedia
The works of Geoffrey Chaucer, now newly imprinted by Geoffrey Chaucer( Book )

7 editions published between 1896 and 1998 in English and held by 132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Images of the complete text, originally published: London: Kelmscott Press, 1896
The Sundering Flood by William Morris( Book )

4 editions published between 1897 and 1898 in English and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The celebrated medievalist William Morris was among the first writers to combine supernatural elements with worldbuilding, creating the precursors of modern fantasy fiction. In his final novel, he envisions the tale of two lovers, separated by a broad river as well as an invading army. A captivating blend of chivalric romance and wizardry, this volume is a facsimile of the highly ornamented Kelmscott Press edition"--
The well at the world's end by William Morris( Book )

4 editions published in 1896 in English and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Credited with inspiring such fantasy luminaries as C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, William Morris' The Well at the World's End follows the travels of a prince, Ralph of Upmeads, who undertakes a journey to find the magical well of the title. Along the way, our hero encounters adventure, travails, and romance. A must-read for fans of classic quest stories
Poems & translations, 1850-1870 : together with the prose story Hand and soul by Dante Gabriel Rossetti( Book )

4 editions published between 1895 and 2011 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First printed in the short-lived Pre-Raphaelite publication The Germ, Rossetti's early short story "Hand and Soul" tells the fictional story of an early Renaissance painter who is depressed by the failure of his art to improve the world. The painter has a vision that his own soul comes to him in the form of a beautiful woman and instructs him to paint her likeness. In doing so, the painter paints his own soul, by which Rossetti reveals that an artist should produce work which reflects his own emotions and imagination. "Hand and Soul" was chosen by William Morris to be re-printed by his Kelmscott Press, which produced beautiful, hand-printed books. Morris was closely associated with the Pre-Raphaelites and went on to found the Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain
Maud : a monodrama by Alfred Tennyson Tennyson( Book )

3 editions published in 1893 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The wood beyond the world by William Morris( Book )

5 editions published in 1894 in English and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A groundbreaking fantasy novel, The Wood Beyond the World tells the story of a young man, Golden Walter, who finds himself in a strange and frightening world after being abandoned by his wife and lost at sea. The novel takes the form of Walter's quest for the visionary Maid that he sees at the beginning of his journey, and takes him from his failed marriage through temptation to fulfillment. Set in Morris's imaginative recreation of a medieval world, the novel is full of vivid imagery and surprising emotional realism
The tale of the Emperor Coustans and of Over sea by William Morris( Book )

1 edition published in 1894 in English and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The poems of William Shakespeare : printed after the original copies of Venus and Adonis, 1593, The rape of Lucrece, 1594, Sonnets, 1609, The lover's complaint by William Shakespeare( Book )

2 editions published in 1893 in English and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spine title: Shakespeare's poems
 
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The works of Geoffrey Chaucer, now newly imprinted
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A bibliography of the Kelmscott PressThe Kelmscott Chaucer : a censusWe met Morris : interviews with William Morris, 1885-96
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Kelmscott Press

Kelmscott Press printing company founded by William Morris

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The Kelmscott Press

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