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Smimthsonian Libraries: Frontispiece from "The Wood Beyond the World"
16" x 24"

British designer William Morris created richly cohesive pages incorporating woodcut illustrations, decorative borders, and his own typography for his publications. His ideas for graphic treatments and for home furnishings have influenced generations of followers on both sides of the Atlantic. Morris spent much of his life running The Kelmscott Press, known for its small runs of elaborately illustrated books. The Wood Beyond the World, published by Kelmscott in 1894, was a fantasy novel written by Morris himself. The Smithsonian Institution Libraries copy is a first edition, printed in black and red on handmade paper and bound in vellum.