Authors/Contributors

Elizabeth Mozley

Document Type

Article

Date

Summer 1974

Embargo Period

2-9-2011

Keywords

Syracuse University Special Collections, William Morris, rare books, bookmaking, Doves Press, Shakespeare's Sonnets, Milton, Arts and Crafts Movement

Language

English

Disciplines

Arts and Humanities | History of Art, Architecture, and Archaeology

Description/Abstract

The revival of fine bookmaking in England during the last decades of the nineteenth century is well represented in the collection at the George Arents Research Library at Syracuse Uuiversity. The excellent work of the private presses became a major expression of the Arts and Crafts movement, led by William Morris and his Kelmscott Press. Morris's work still dominates our impressions of the period. However, the movement's basic purpose, to beautify useful everyday objects, resulted in books from one of the private presses as restrained in design as the others were exuberant.

Thomas James Cobden-Sanderson, following the same artistic tenets as William Morris, created books at the Doves Press that in their unadorned perfection became the concrete expression of their maker's philosophical concept of the universe.

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