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‘How We Might Live’ Features Medieval Woodcut Illustrations

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 every month.

Visit the Maryland Room Gallery in May to view Some German Woodcuts of the Fifteenth Century, printed by the Kelmscott Press.  William Morris was a collector of early printed books.  He was particularly fond of illuminated manuscripts and illustrations.  Printed by the Kelmscott Press in 1898, Some German Woodcuts of the Fifteenth Century features 35 reproductions of illustrations, 29 of which were chosen by Morris to appear in an annotated catalog of his library.  Plans for the catalog ultimately fell through with his death in 1896.  You can read more in Sydney Cockerell’s forward and view all the illustrations in the digitized version of Some German Woodcuts of the Fifteenth Century.


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One comment on “‘How We Might Live’ Features Medieval Woodcut Illustrations

  1. […] as identifying common images in a project such as Chronicling America, or pulling together similar William Morris woodcuts.  Watch a video demo describing how the Bodleian Library is now integrating image-search into […]

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