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Morris, William, 1834–1896
The earthly paradise / by William Morris.
Hammersmith : Kelmscott Press, 1896-1897.
Physical Description:
8 v. ; 24 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
PR5075 .A1 1896+ Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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A series of 24 verse tales, 2 for each month of the year; 12 from classical sources; the other 12 from medieval Latin, French and Icelandic originals.
The printing of the first 3 volumes was supervised and finished by Morris himself at the Kelmscott press between May 7 and Aug. 24, 1896; the printing of the remaining 5 volumes was supervised and finished by his trustees between Nov. 25, 1896 and June 10, 1897.
"The borders in this edition of The earthly paradise were designed by William Morris, except those on page 4 of volumes ii, iii, and iv, afterwards repeated, which were designed to match the opposite borders, under William Morris' direction, by R. Catterson-Smith; who also finished the initial words Whilom and Empty for The water of the wondrous isles. All the other letters, borders, title-pages, and ornaments used at the Kelmscott press, except the Greek type in Atalanta in Calydon, were designed by William Morris": Note of the trustees (v. 8, p. 186).
Press device on v. 8, p. 186.
225 copies were printed on paper; 6 copies were also printed on vellum.
Peterson, W.S. Bibliography of the Kelmscott Press A41
BAC: British Art Center copy is one of 225 on paper. Has bookplate of John Francis Neylan. Bound in vellum with silk ties.
Subject Terms:
Kelmscott Press -- Publisher.
Morris, William -- Printer.
Neylan, John Francis -- Bookplate.
Woodcut -- Specimens -- 1896-1897.
Morris, William, 1834-1896, printer.
Kelmscott Press.

  • v. 1. Prologue: The wanderers. March: Atalanta's race; The man born to be king
  • v. 2. April: The doom of King Acrisius; The proud king
  • v. 3. May: The story of Cupid and Psyche; The writing on the image. June: The love of Alcestis; The lady of the land
  • v. 4 July: The son of Croesus; The watching of the falcon. August: Pygmalion and the image; Ogier the Dane
  • v. 5. September: The death of Paris; The land east of the sun and west of the moon. October: The story of Acontius and Cydippe; The man who never laughed again
  • v. 6. November: The story of Rhodope; The lovers of Gudrun
  • v. 7. December: The golden apples; The fostering of Aslaug. January: Bellerophon at Argos; The ring given to Venus
  • v. 8. February: Bellerophon in Lycia; The Hill of Venus. Epilogue. L'envoi.

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