William Morris: Honeysuckle, Kelmscott Press, 1892
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William Morris (1834-1896) image courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington
This design is taken from the front cover of The Golden Legend of Master William Caxton done anew by Jacobus de Voragine. Published in 1892, the cover is enclosed in a textile fabric designed by William Morris. It was printed by the Kelmscott Press under the direction of Morris, who also provided the woodcut title.
Edward Burne-Jones provided two full-page woodcut illustrations for the book. This was his first work for the Kelmscott Press which characterised so much of it's output and culminated in his 87 illustrations for the Kelmscott Chaucer in 1896.
The Golden Legend was assembled by Jacobus de Voragine in the second half of the thirteenth century, and held a strong appeal for William Morris, and at his death Morris owned at least ten early editions of this important medieval hagiology. Though numerous texts by Caxton had been reprinted by the Early English Text Society in the 1870s and 1880s, the only nineteenth-century reprinting of The Golden Legend was an incomplete edition by the Holbein Society which appeared in 1878.
the above text appears on the back of the card HC-463: card size 7" x 5" (178mm x 127mm)