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Five Illustrated William Morris Catalogues

 
Five Illustrated William Morris Catalogues by MORRIS, William [Arthur Edward Harvey] (1912)

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Author: MORRIS, William [Arthur Edward Harvey]
Title: Five Illustrated William Morris Catalogues
 
Year: 1912
Publisher: William Morris Company
Place: London
Dust Jacket: No
Signed: No
 
Price: £2950
 
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A collection of five beautifully illustrated William Morris & Company catalogues requested by and sent to Arthur Edward Harvey, architect and industrial designer in 1920. All are pre-war printings, c1912, several bearing warnings to the effect that 'prices are pre-War & like most things ours cost more than formerly'. Accompanying the catalogues is a handwritten letter on the company's Hanover Square headed paper which urges Harvey to visit their showroom as 'we make mostly to special order in the way of furniture'. It's not known whether Harvey took up this invitation.

1.Specimens of Furniture and Interior Decoration - Morris & Company [1912]? pp 40 [6] Brown printed wrappers, old reinforcement along spine, not sellotape, '17 George Street, Morris, Hanover Square' oval stamp to both covers. The catalogue is illustrated throughout in black and white with half-tone photographs and reproductions of Morris Company drawings and sketches, beginning with a full page colour image of Philip Webb's 'Gothic Sideboard', continuing with furniture for the library, drawing-room, dining-room as well as upholstered items. Worldcat locates 2 copies only.

Letter tipped onto first leaf on headed 'Morris & Company, Ltd. Decorators' Hanover Square headed paper. Addressing 'A. Harvey Esq.', in fact Arthur Edward Harvey, architect and industrial designer who trained at the Royal College of Art and the Slade, later Head of the School of Industrial Design at Birmingham School of Art. Dated 7 April 1920 the letter presents the 'catalogues etc as desired' while stressing that the 'prices are pre-War & like most things ours cost more than formerly, we make mostly to special order in the way of furniture...' and inviting Harvey to 'call here... so that we could show you some of our productions' Signed with the initials 'A.C.B.'

2. Specimens of Upholstered Furniture - Morris & Company [1912] pp 16 Grey printed wrappers, '17 George Street, Morris, Hanover Square' oval stamp to both covers. 'Harvey' in pencil to upper cover. Oblong blue stamp by Morris & Co to first leaf explaining post-war price increases. Illustrated throughout with half tone photographs. Worldcat locates 1 copy only.

3. Morris Chintzes Silks Tapestries, Etc. Morris And Company, in two parts with 'Silk and Wool Tapestries, Brocades etc.' forming the second part with separate title pages, [1912], [pp] 18 [pp] 22, Morris Co stamps to covers. Illustrated with textile designs in black and white and colour including a photograph of 'Chintz printing by hand at the Morris Works, Merton Abbey.' Worldcat locates 11 copies.

4. Morris Wall-papers by Morris & Company, buff wrappers [1911]? [pp] 12, Morris stamps to cover. Following a list of wall-papers, 9 pages of illustrated wallpaper designs. Worldcat does not locate any imprint that matches this edition of the wallpaper catalogue - institutional holdings all appear to be confined to 8 pages but this extends over 12.

5. Embroidery Work - Morris and Company, [1911] [pp] 12 with additional leaf colour plate. Paper printed wrappers with Morris stamp to upper cover only; 'Harvey' in pencil to upper cover. Beautifully illustrated including colour '"Apple Tree" Panel, 6Ft. Long x 2 Ft. 6 In. Wide'. Old transparent reinforcement along spine - not sellotape. Worldcat locates 7 copies.
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