Tuesday, June 12, 2012

News From Nowhere inscription

News From Nowhere.
Morris, William.
Bookseller: The Kelmscott Bookshop

1 of 250 copies. Large paper edition of his most famous book. INSCRIBED BY MORRIS TO HIS ELDER DAUGHTER Jenny with William Morris' best love April 4th 1891. Jenny Morris (1861-1936) spent her life in ill health, suffering from epilepsy. She was extremely close to her father and never really recovered from his death in 1896. Inscribed copies of News From Nowhere are quite scarce. Outside of this copy, there have been only two inscribed copies to have sold at auction in the past 25 years - one to Burne-Jones and the other to Phillip Webb. News From Nowhere was Morris's famous Utopian novel, and it was an immediate success. The large paper copies were published at the same time as the first trade edition. An unauthorized and unedited version taken from a serial version published in 'Commonweal' was published by Roberts Brothers in Boston a few months before in 1890. The Kelmscott Press edition appeared in 1893. This copy is generally in very good condition. It is in the original dark blue boards with cream colored spine with paper title label. The spine is darkened, spotted, and bumped. The edges to the corners are also bumped but otherwise very good. There is browning to free endpapers which appears to be offsetting from something laid in. Hinges are holding tightly although they have pulled away in the middle as a result of opening the book flat. Light aging to untrimmed page edges and some margins, otherwise quite clean. There are no marks or flaws to the inscription page. 238 pages.

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