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William Morris’s Birthday

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Arguably the father of modern fine printing, William Morris celebrates his 175 birthday on March 24. It’s almost impossible to read a book about the history of fine printing without a reference to Emery Walker’s lantern slide show which got Morris wondering about starting the Kelmscott Press. Although not really a fan of Morris’s work, this reviewer has long thought perfect the following Morris quote:

If I were asked to say what is at once the most important production of Art and the thing most to be longed for, I should answer, A beautiful House; and if I were further asked to name the production next in importance and the thing next to be longed for, I should answer, A beautiful Book. To enjoy good houses and good books in self-respect and decent comfort, seems to me to be the pleasurable end towards which all societies of human beings ought now to struggle.

–Michael Russem