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MORRIS, William.
Some Hints on Pattern-Designing. A Lecture Delivered at the Working Men's College, London, on December 10, 1881.
London: Printed at the Chiswick Press for Longmans & Co., 1899. London: Printed at the Chiswick Press for Longmans & Co.,, 1899. A beautifully printed work in an equally attractive binding Octavo (208 x 137 mm). Contemporary dark blue morocco, spine lettered in gilt in compartments, 5 triangular brown calf straps onlaid across spine, each surrounding raised band, geometric pattern tooled in gilt to covers with brown calf onlaid details, single rule frame in gilt across both covers and spine, board edges and turn-ins ruled in gilt, edges gilt. Text printed with the Golden Type designed for the Kelmscott Press. Spine a little toned, minor rubbing to ends, slight loss to calf onlay at joints, faint offsetting to endpapers, contents notably clean and bright; a near-fine copy, finished to a high standard. First edition, this copy in an attractive "Glasgow Style" art nouveau binding believed to be by Mary E. Sim, the rear turn-in stamped "M.S. 1905". Sim worked in the Glasgow area and her designs were published in The Studio and the Art Journal. The "Glasgow Style" was influenced by the arts and crafts movement and many of the tenets set out by Morris in this work. The movement emphasized aspects such as functionalism and simplicity, highlighting natural materials and organic forms. Morris's important essay was delivered at the Working Men's College on 10 December 1881. The work "summarizes succinctly views which would apply equally well to any branch of applied art" (PMM 367). As Walter Crane wrote of Morris's far-reaching aesthetic philosophy, "if it has not turned all British … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]

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