Two plates from Edward Dulac’s A fairy garland; being fairy tales from the old French (London: Cassell, 1928). Originally published in 1916, this title was one of Dulac’s last lavishly illustrated books (earlier titles included works by the Brontes, Shakespeare, and Poe); when illustrated volumes such as these became rarities after WWI, Dulac moved on to designing postage stamps in Britain.

From USF’s Rare Book Collection, E-141

Serendipity in the stacks: while re-shelving materials used by an art history seminar today, I found this lovely volume hiding in our Rare Book Collection behind its rather prosaic protective covering (at top). This is the last book William Morris printed at the Chiswick Press before establishing the Kelmscott Press. The binding is chintz fabric, featuring a design created by Morris. Lovely!

William Morris, 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: Reeves and Turner, 1890). Rare Book Collection, D-654