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Fine Press Books in Special Collections

A guide to fine press books available in Special Collections and University Archives.

About the Kelmscott Press

The Kelmscott Press was founded in 1891 by English author and artist, William Morris (1834-1896) in Hammersmith, a district of London. The Kelmscott Press produced 53 titles during its operation that were modeled after fifteenth-century incunabula. Morris' 1896 edition of the Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, called the Kelmscott Chaucer, is often regarded a pinnacle of book design. Kelmscott Press shut down in 1898, after the death of William Morris. 

Notable figures associated with the Kelmscott Press included editor F. S. Ellis, illustrator Edward Burne-Jones, engraver W. H. Hooper, Sydney Cockerell, bookbinder Thomas James Cobden-Sanderson, and Emery Walker who advised Morris on paper, ink, type design and typography.

Secondary Sources

Below is a list of books about the Kelmscott Press within Special Collections: