and and Soul was printed at the prompting of Chicago publisher W. Irving Way who was looking to form a partnership with Morris to sell a small, inexpensively produced book. The result was this independent edition of Dante Gabriel Rossetti's Hand and Soul, which had previously been published only in magazines. Distribution was split between England and America, with 225 copies being reserved for British sale and 300 sent to Chicago. The partnership must have met with some success as Way sought to cooperate on another publication. By that time, Morris had moved on to other projects and was too busy to work with May any further.
The Lear Center copy is bound in vellum. There is a bookplate on the front pastedown of Newton Hall, Cambridge with a coat of arms over the motto Wachsthum und Stetigkeit. The book was purchased for the Library with the Harrison Freeman fund.
|Newton Hall Bookplate||Frontispiece||First Page||Colophon|