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note by William Morris on his aims in founding the Kelmscott Press

William Morris

note by William Morris on his aims in founding the Kelmscott Press

together with a short history and description of the press

by William Morris

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Published by County Council Central School of Arts & Crafts Southampton Row in London .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Kelmscott Press

  • Edition Notes

    With engravings on wood by John Farleigh.

    Statementby S. C. Cockerell, reprinted for Philobiblon to celebrate the centenary of the birth of William Morris 1834 : 1934.
    ContributionsCockerell, Sydney Carlyle, Sir, 1867-1962., Burley, W. E., London County Council. Central School of Arts & Crafts.
    The Physical Object
    Pagination21p., [3]p., 7 plates ;
    Number of Pages21
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL17579511M

    And here what I wanted was letter pure in form; severe, without needless excrescences; solid, without the thickening and thinning of the line, which is the essential fault of the ordinary modern type, and which makes it difficult to read; and not compressed laterally, as all later type has grown to be owing to commercial exigencies. It was a matter of course that I should consider it necessary that the paper should be hand-made, both for the sake of durability and appearance. And here what I wanted was letter pure in form; severe, without needless excrescences; solid, without the thickening and thinning of the line, which is the essential fault of the ordinary modern type, and which makes it difficult to read; and not compressed laterally, as all later type has grown to be owing to commercial exigencies. An annotated list of the books printed at the press. Morris completed the play in during the five-year period when he created his most accomplished illuminated manuscripts cat.

    A Note by William Morris on His Aims in Founding the Kelmscott Press I began printing books with the hope of producing some which would have a definite claim to beauty, while at the same time they should be easy to read and should not dazzle the eye, or trouble the intellect of the reader by eccentricity of form in the letters. There was only one source from which to take examples of this perfected Roman type, to wit, the works of the great Venetian printers of the fifteenth century, of whom Nicholas Jenson produced the completest and most Roman characters from to This type I studied with much care, getting it photographed to a big scale, and drawing it over many times before I began designing my own letter; so that though I think I mastered the essence of it, I did not copy it servilely; in fact, my Roman type, especially in the lower case, tends rather more to the Gothic than does Jenson's. On this head I came to two conclusions: 1st, that the paper must be wholly of linen most hand-made papers are of cotton todayand must be quite 'hard,' i.

    By Morris had completed eighteen illuminated manuscripts consisting of more than 1, pages, including drafts and fragments. After a while I felt that I must have a Gothic as well as a Roman fount; and herein the task I set myself was to redeem the Gothic character from the charge of unreadableness which is commonly brought against it. Now these matters of spacing and position are of the greatest importance in the production of beautiful books; if they are properly considered they will make a book printed in quite ordinary type at least decent and pleasant to the eye. The works he chose to print were selected for their noble intellectual content, and he named his types after the books for which he planned them. Morris insisted on using handmade paper produced in London, as well as ink imported from Germany. Ex libris T.


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note by William Morris on his aims in founding the Kelmscott Press by William Morris Download PDF Ebook

Modern printers, even the best, pay very little heed to these two essentials of seemly composition, and the inferior ones run riot in licentious spacing, thereby producing, inter alia, those ugly rivers of lines running about the page which are such a blemish to decent printing.

After a while I felt that I must have a Gothic as well as a Roman fount; and herein the task I set myself was to redeem the Gothic character from the charge of unreadableness which is commonly brought against it.

He taught himself fine handwriting styles from a Renaissance instruction manual for scribes, and learned the art of gilding to add texture and luster to his pages. The punches for all these types, I may mention, were cut for me with great intelligence and skill by Mr.

The Kelmscott Press and William Morris, master-craftsman. Modern printers systematically transgress against it; thus apparently contradicting the fact that the unit of a book is not one page, but a pair of pages.

Prince, and render my designs most satisfactorily. Many carefully designed books with ornamentations in colour were thus printed.

Kelmscott Press and William Morris, Master Craftsman by Henry Halliday Sparling

His creativity and industry are aspirational for today's citizens. Stay Connected. And here what I wanted was letter pure in form; severe, without needless excrescences; solid, without the thickening and thinning of the line, which is the essential fault of the ordinary modern type, and which makes it difficult to read; and not compressed laterally, as all later type has grown to be owing to commercial exigencies.

Morris as Calligrapher

References Beckwith, Alice H. The disregard of them will spoil the effect of the best designed type. Hooper, C. This type is of the size called Great Primer the Roman type is of 'English' size ; but later on I was driven by the necessities of the Chaucer a double-columned book to get a smaller Gothic type of Pica size.

Morris's combination of aesthetic and intellectual note by William Morris on his aims in founding the Kelmscott Press book continued to influence printing in Europe and the United States long after his death.

This rule is never departed from in medieval books, written or printed. Lastly, but by no means least, comes the position of the printed matter on the page. Even though A Note was not designed by Morris himself, his procedures were followed. Now as to the spacing: First, the 'face' of the letter should be as nearly conterminous with the 'body' as possible, so as to avoid undue whites between the letters.

New York, ; reprinted Newark, DE, Henry Halliday Sparling, who was briefly and unhappily married to May Morris from tohas often been portrayed as feeble and ineffectual. It was only natural that I, a decorator by profession, should attempt to ornament my books suitably: about this matter, I will only say that I have always tried to keep in mind the necessity for making my decoration a part of the page of type.

Thus, the concept of a three-color printing came late to Kelmscott. The advent of chromolithography was a turning point, insofar as it induced a simplification of colour printing.A Note by William Morris on His Aims in Founding the Kelmscott Press. William Morris,printer designer.

x cm. Beckwith, Victorian Bibliomania catalogue no. 21 After William Morris died inhis trustees and friends published this book as the last work of the Kelmscott Press. A note by William Morris on his aims in founding the Kelmscott Press: together with a short description of the press / by S.

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