he source of this collection was a request from William Morris to his secretary Sydney Cockerell to catalogue his library. Morris intended to produce an extensive and lavish collection of facsimile pages as a collectors' item for bibliophiles. This project was abandoned at his death, but Cockerell revived it by combining the facsimiles already produced with an essay by Morris on fifteenth century German woodcuts. Affection for Morris resulted in a brisk presale for the book and Cockerell found it difficult to satisfy all of the orders that came in.
The Lear Center copy is bound in blue paper covered boards. It was donated to the Library by Mrs. Robert Luchers.
|List of woodcuts||Woodcut from De mysterio missae||Woodcut from Terence||Woodcut from Justinian's Codex|