Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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Morris, William ( 1834-1896 )

An English poet, painter, architect and printer, who led the movement in search of higher standards of workmanship among craft bookbinders in the latter years of the 19th century. It was Morris' wife who recommended that Cobden-Sanderson take up bookbinding. Later Cobden-Sanderson founded the Doves Bindery to bind books produced by the Kelmscott Press. Morris and his group also sought to improve the quality of the materials used in bookbinding, and, under his influence, great emphasis was placed on both utility and beauty. While Morris' name is best remembered for his revival of fine printing, some outstanding bindings were executed on editions of beautifully printed books produced at his Kelmscott Press, which he founded in 1891. These vellum bindings were not ornamented except for the title in gold on the spine, and had projecting covers which were bent over the fore edge. Ribbon ties held the covers closed. They had flat spines, and were sewn on tapes, which were extended to the fore edge to form the ties. (339 , 347 )

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