‘How We Might Live’ Features Tennyson’s ‘Maud’

Featured Object of the Month- June

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.

In June, visit the Maryland Room Exhibit Gallery in Hornbake Library to view Maud: A Monodrama, written by Lord Alfred Tennyson in 1855.  This edition of Maud was printed by the Kelmscott Press at the request of Macmillan & Co. in 1893.  The accompanying announcement states that this edition, bound in white vellum, was limited to 500 copies, at a cost of 42 shillings net, or roughly $250 dollars today.


Many Kelmscott Press books, including this copy of Maud, were bound in vellum with colored ribbon ties.  The ribbons are not simply decorative, but intended to keep the vellum binding secured tightly to avoid potential bowing or curling of the edges.  The green cardboard slipcase, most likely commissioned by the publisher, was made specifically to house the Kelmscott Maud.

View all the featured items of the month from How We Might Live: The Vision of William Morris online.


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