Gift of the Friends of the Dallas Public Library, Inc.
William Morris founded the Kelmscott Press to revive the art and craft of fine printing, which had fallen victim to the Victorian passion for ornament and embellishment. He designed his own printing type, made paper by hand, and supervised printing on a hand press. The Kelmscott Chaucer became his noblest achievement and a monument to fine bookmaking. It contains 87 woodcut illustrations by Edward Burne-Jones, and Morris designed the title page, borders, and large initials. William Ransom in his study Private Presses and their Books states, "For monumental splendor and vivid beauty, it has not and can hardly be surpassed."