The Kelmscott Chaucer, 1896
Kelmscott Press was founded by William Morris to reverse what he believed were declining standards in the printed book, caused by industrialized production and cheap machine-made paper. Although his goals were socialist, the books he produced became expensive works of art, far out of reach for the common person. Widely considered one of the most beautiful books ever printed, one copy of Chaucer fetched $146,500 on auction at Christies a few years ago.

The Kelmscott Chaucer, 1896

Kelmscott Press was founded by William Morris to reverse what he believed were declining standards in the printed book, caused by industrialized production and cheap machine-made paper. Although his goals were socialist, the books he produced became expensive works of art, far out of reach for the common person. Widely considered one of the most beautiful books ever printed, one copy of Chaucer fetched $146,500 on auction at Christies a few years ago.

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