CLOVER HILL EDITIONS. MORRIS, William. BURNE-JONES, Edward. ~ The Story of Cupid and Psyche with illustrations designed by Edward Burne-Jones, mostly engraved on the wood by William Morris.
No. 105 of 270 copies. Two volumes. Introduction by A.R. Dufty. designed and printed by Will and Sebastian Carter at The Rampant Lions Press in Monotype Ehrhardt, and vol II in Kelmscott Press Troy type, the collotype plates printed by the Cotswold Collotype Company, paper by Barcham Green. 42 wood engravings printed from the original blocks in the Society of Antiquaries within the text in vol II and 2 in Vol I. Folio, original blue cloth backed, William Morris patterned paper covered boards. Very slight rubbing to edges of spine, otherwise an extremely good set in the original blue cloth slipcase.
The original wood blocks were intended for Morris’s verse rendering of the ‘Story of Cupid and Psyche’ for his illustrated edition of twenty-four stories of The Earthly Paradise which was never completed. The blocks were engraved mostly by William Morris himself from designs by his lifelong friend Edward Burne-Jones and prior to this Clover Hill book had never been published in their original context. The first volume here tells the story of the book and the illustrations and the second is the actual book itself printed in Kelmscott Troy type and with the engravings printed from the original blocks. A remarkable and beautiful feat.
The printing of this book by the Carters at the Rampant Lions Press was the subject of a further 96pp book by Sebastian Carter printed at the press in 1984 entitled “The Book Becomes - the making of a fine edition”.