illiam Morris printed Thomas More's Utopia because he felt it was the sort of book that belonged in every socialist's library. Morris' enthusiastic championing of More as a proto-communist, fighting against the "ugly brutality of ... commercialism" cost him, at least temporarily. An Eton schoolmaster placed an order for forty volumes, to be given to students as prizes. When he saw Morris' introduction he cancelled the order. Morris nevertheless sold out his entire press run of 300 copies within a year. Morris had intended to include a map of Utopia with this edition, but the illustration was never executed.
The Lear Center copy is bound in the traditional limp vellum with brown cloth ties at the foreedge. It was donated to the Library by the Ames Family.
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