he first small-format book printed at the Kelmscott Press, Gothic Architecture was also printed in an exceptionally large press run for a private press, over 1500 copies. William Morris designed new, smaller initials for this book as well. The printing of the book was something of a public performance. Morris set his press up at the 1893 Arts and Crafts Exhibition and crowds could watch as the book was put into print.
The Lear Center copy is bound in the traditional blue paper-covered boards. It bears a presentation inscription on the front free endleaf of Emery Walker to Philip Norman. Walker was an enthusiastic proponent of the Arts and Crafts Movement and is often credited with inspiring Morris to found the Kelmscott Press. After Morris's death Walker co-founded the Doves Press. Norman was an artist and antiquary who would have been acquainted with Morris and Walker through their joint efforts to preserve London architecture. There is a bookseller's ticket of Elizabethan Bookseller, Waukegan, Illinois with a pencilled price of $8 on the front pastedown. The book was purchased for the Library through the Harrison Freeman fund.
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