Saturday, March 15, 2008

Perfect Pages

Books from the Kelmscott Press showing as part of Morris & Co
Wellington’s Alexander Turnbull Library has kindly lent the Christchurch Art Gallery what is widely regarded as one of the most outstanding books ever printed. The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer is a treasure to behold – around 600 pages of elaborate William Morris designs and over 80 illustrations. Produced by William Morris’s Kelmscott Press in 1896, it is part of the major exhibition Morris & Co now showing at the gallery. Kelmscott Press was William Morris’s last major artistic and design venture and between 1891 and 1898 it produced fifty-two titles. A small selection of Kelmscott Press books is part of the show - a little something for book-lovers like me to drool over.

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