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‘How We Might Live’ features Morris’s The Roots of the Mountain

Morris's <i>The Roots of the Mountain</i> bound in Morris's Honeysuckle fabric

Morris’s The Roots of the Mountain bound in Morris’s Honeysuckle fabric

Every month, How We Might Live: The Vision of William Morris, an exhibit highlighting the life and work of English designer and author William Morris (1834-1896), will showcase a new Morris-related item.

Visit the exhibit in September to view a unique copy of Morris’s historical novel, The Roots of the Mountains. Published by Reeves and Turner in 1889, this special first edition on Whatman paper was limited to 250 copies, printed by Charels Whittingham and Co. The binding is printed “Honeysuckle” tapestry designed by Morris and made especially for this edition. According to Sydney Cockerell, Morris considered this volume “the best-looking book issued since the 17th Century”. Do you agree?

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