William Morris - Love is Enough Folio Society limited edition
Full-Leather. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Beatrice Pagden (illustrator). 1st Edition. Immaculate copy in new/unread condition. Illustrated by Beatrice Pagden Limited to 750 hand-numbered copies. Introductory note by John Bidwell Meticulously produced facsimile of William Morris' poetic masterpiece. Illustrated on every page and fully bound in leather blocked in gold. Housed in The Morgan Library & Museum in New York is a rarely-seen jewel of Arts and Crafts book production ? a personalised copy of William Morris' poetic masterpiece Love is Enough, hand-illustrated on every page with vibrant floral watercolours by Beatrice Pagden and strikingly bound by the legendary Thomas James Cobden-Sanderson for its original owner, Morris' publisher and confidant, Frederick Startridge Ellis. Every element of this unique volume has now been recreated for the first time in our meticulous facsimile: the fresh colours of the beautiful illustrations, the luxurious binding (including the tiny signature, 18 C-S 87, that is blocked on the rear doublure), and even the feel of its pages. The result is a breath-taking combination of text, illustration and case that perfectly embodies Morris' vision of the ?beautiful book?. To preserve this treasure, Ellis commissioned a stunning tan morocco binding from Thomas James Cobden-Sanderson, a leading light in the emerging Arts and Crafts movement and a renowned perfectionist. Cobden-Sanderson was so proud of the binding ? with its elegant gilt-tooled rose and flower pattern framing Ellis' initials on the front cover and the date it was created on the back ? that the book was displayed in the very first exhibition of the Arts and Crafts Society in 1888, as an example of both the movement's ideals and of his own finest work. Limited to 750 hand-numbered copies Hand-bound in leather blocked in gold on front, back, spine and doublures Metallic gold page edges on all sides 152 pages Abundant floral illustrations by Beatrice Pagden Slipcase covered in teal cloth blocked in gold 9 x 5¾.