Poems by the Way. William Morris.
Poems by the Way.
Poems by the Way.
Poems by the Way.
Poems by the Way.
(Kelmscott Press)

Poems by the Way.

(Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1891). Octavo. (vi), 197, (vii)pp. First edition. One of 300 copies printed on paper. Presentation copy inscribed by Morris on second preliminary blank to Theodore Watts (-Dunton). Best known as the rescuer of Swinburne, Watts-Dunton was a respected literary critic and a friend to many in the Pre-Raphaelite circle, especially Rossetti. He was also a steady patron of the Kelmscott Press: in his bibliography, Peterson cites several presentation copies given to Watts-Dunton, including this one. An edition of Watts-Dunton's first book of poetry, The Coming of Love, had been planned for the Press, but it was never carried out (see Peterson B4). Poems by the Way is the second book of the Press, and the first printed in red and black. This marks the first appearance of many of the poems, one of which ("Goldilocks") was written especially for this book. A beautiful book designed by Morris, with a wide, white vine border to page one, and many ten-line and six-line initials of cunning design. Light soiling to spine, else fine in stiff vellum, ribbon ties detached and laid in. This copy belonged to English poet and playwright John Drinkwater, who published a critical study of William Morris in 1912. With his leather booklabel on front paste-down and ink ownership inscription. Item #22419

(Peterson A2).

Price: $6,000.00

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