William Morris, His Art, Writings and Public Life
1898, with the bookplate of The Burlington Fine Arts Club
Second edition. Hardback, bound in decorative cloth with gilt titling to spine and upper board, top edge gilt. 28 × 18.5cm, xiv + 462pp.
Not signed but this copy comes from The Burlington Fine Arts Club Library with their bookplate by Charles William Sherborn to the front pastedown and embossed stamp to the ffep. The 'Burlington' was a meeting-place for artists and connoisseurs and mounted influential exhibitions drawn from the collections of the club's members. Members included James McNeill Whistler, John Ruskin, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Michael Rossetti, and Edwin Lutyens.
Aymer Vallance's biographical study of William Morris and his art first published in 1897, a year after Morris' death. It describes his early days, from Oxford to London, The Red House, Kelmscott, his Socialism, and his final days. Illustrated throughout with black and white plates of his work, and a frontispiece portrait of Morris. The two appendices are 1. Chronological list of the printed works of William Morris, and 2. Publications of the Kelmscott Press.
Good condition but with some wear. The cloth has darkened patches to the front and rear boards and the spine is faded. One plate is loose but the remainder of the binding is secure. The pages are clean with just a little tanning to the margins. As mentioned, there is a bookplate to the front pastedown.Sold