Friday, December 31, 2010
William Morris - The Roots of the Mountains ...
Price Realized £16,450
MORRIS, William (1834-1896). The Roots of the Mountains Wherein is Told Somewhat of the Lives of the Men of Burgdale their Friends their Neighbours their Foemen and their Fellows in Arms. London: Chiswick Press for Reeves and Turner, 1890.
4° (197 x 160). Half-title. Illuminated in gold and colours and heightened in white by Edmund G. Reuter, the half-title, title, contents pages, opening page of text, chapter headings, and some pages decorated with floral and foliate naturalistic borders, the final page of the text with a miniature of a mediaeval city on the banks of a river with mountains in the distance and a manuscript explicit dated 30 January 1895. Contemporary limp vellum, the covers with yapp fore-edges, the spine titled in gilt at the head and dated in gilt at the foot, vellum endpapers, uncut (vellum lightly marked). Provenance: 'The Roots of the Mountains , by William Morris , Copy illuminated for the author by , Edmund G. Reuter , Lent by Mrs Morris Oct 1909' (loosely-inserted, inscribed vellum slip).
MORRIS' OWN COPY, ILLUMINATED FOR HIM BY REUTER. ONE OF 250 COPIES ON WHATMAN PAPER. According to Reuter's manuscript explicit, the five year-long task of illuminating the book was a happy labour, finished in 1895.