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Ancoats Brotherhood leaflet ("When Adam Delved and Eve Span, Who was then the Gentleman").
Gorgeous ephemeral Kelmscott Press pamphlet commemorating another successful year of the Ancoats Brotherhood, a socialist organization dedicated to promoting art among the working classes founded by Charles Rowley in 1878 and based in Manchester. The pamphlet begins with a => full-page illustration by Edward Burne-Jones of Adam and Eve toiling with the caption "When Adam delved and Eve span / Who was then the gentleman" within a beautiful (and Kelmscott-typical) foliate border. This image was originally used as a frontispiece in Morris' 1888 pro-socialism novel, A Dream of John Ball.Inside and at rear are an extract from Tennyson's "The Golden Year" and his "Flowers in the Crannied Wall" complete, as well as a passage from John Ruskin on finding satisfaction in work. Each selection is given a unique side or corner border and an accompanying floriated initial. => The pamphlet concludes with a Kelmscott Press device and the note: "Ancoats Brotherhood. March, 1894, to March, 1895." Limited to 250 copies.
      [Bookseller: PRB&M/SessaBks (Philadelphia Rare Books ]
Last Found On: 2016-10-07           Check availability:      Direct From Bookseller    


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