Water of the Wondrous Isles. William Morris.
Water of the Wondrous Isles.
Water of the Wondrous Isles.
Water of the Wondrous Isles.
(Kelmscott Press)

Water of the Wondrous Isles.

Morris, William (illus.)

(Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1897). Quarto. (xii), 340, (viii)pp. One of 250 copies on paper. With numerous initials and ornaments. Printed in Chaucer type, with chapter titles and marginal notes in red. Each of the six parts begins with a wide border and a fourteen-line initial block containing the entire first word. This was the last book Morris worked on before he died. The colophon states: "The borders and ornaments were designed entirely by William Morris, except the initial words Whilom & Empty, which were completed from his unfinished designs." Sidney Cockerell wrote that Morris, in his last illness, "sat up and was going to design 'Empty' for The Water Of the Wondrous Isles, but only just managed to black in the spaces, and just rough in the word." A very fine copy of this beautiful book, in bright full-limp vellum, with all silk ribbon ties intact. Item #29931

(Peterson A45).

Price: $9,500.00

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