Special and Named Printed Collections


A collection of books printed by the Kelmscott Press, acquired by the Library through legal deposit, donation and purchase. The collection brings together Kelmscott books previously held in the Library's general collections (Kelmscott items in other special collections have been kept in their existing collections). The Library has almost a complete set of all the 53 published works undertaken by the Press between 1891 and 1898, including all bar one of those intended for public sale. The Kelmscott Press, based in Hammersmith, London, was set up by William Morris (1834-96) in order "to produce books which it would be a pleasure to look upon as pieces of printing and arrangement of type". The collection includes three vellum sheets from the Kelmscott Press edition of the works of Chaucer, published in 1896 and generally regarded as one of the most beautiful books printed in the English language, which were donated to the National Library in 1926 by Morris's daughter May.

Shelfmark: KP.

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