Love-Lyrics and Songs of Proteus

wilfrid Scawen Blunt's Love-Lyrics and Songs of Proteus is the earliest Kelmscott imprint in the Lear Center. Blunt was a personal friend of Morris and this collection was the third imprint Morris produced. The book was printed in Morris's so-called Golden type, which was based on the very early roman font developed by Nicolas Jenson in 1475. Blunt consigned all elements of the design to Morris, but requested one thing: that the elaborate initials be printed in red. Morris acceded to this request, though he privately felt that printing entirely in black would have been more attractive. The book appears to have been well received and all 220 copies printed sold out quickly.

The Lear Center copy bears no marks of ownership beyond the binding. It was bound in vellum over thin boards with ties at the fore-edge. The edges are untrimmed. There is an armorial stamp on the front cover of Thomas Eugene Arthur, Carrick House Library, Ayr.

cover title page page one colophon
Cover Title page Page 1 Colophon