Friday, August 7, 2009

A Man's Reach -- A Transforming Life, 66: Kelmscott Press

Bieler Press broadside, Kelmscott Press & William Morris, exhibit, 1981

"In everything he did, [Morris] pursued the highest standard of quality. Morris became a printer late in life and established the Kelmscott Press at Hammersmith, England, to print fine books….Kelmscott Press printed 54 items, all of them classics. The Kelmscott Chaucer was the top work of these 54. At one time, I had a complete set of all 54, including Chaucer—not the vellum edition that I so badly wanted, but the pigskin-bound paper version that was published in 1896."

Courtesy Elmer L. and Eleanor J. Andersen Family

"A Man's Reach -- A Transforming Life" is on display through August 15 in the Exhibit Gallery, Elmer L. Andersen Library, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus.

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