On June 27th, the William Morris Society in the United States will host a digital event, “Celebrating the Kelmscott Press.”

This program, part of the festivities associated with the first ever Kelmscott Press Day, will celebrate William Morris’s Kelmscott Press and the 125th anniversary of the Kelmscott edition of The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer.

We are pleased to co-sponsor this event with the Book Club of Washington. Based in Washington state, BCW is an organization dedicated to appreciation of fine books and the desire to explore, preserve and celebrate them.

The event will include brief talks and a demonstration of the Kelmscott Goudy Press at the Cary Collection, Rochester Institute of Technology.

Photograph of a late nineteenth-century printing press.

Kelmscott-Goudy Albion press, Hopkinson and Cope, London, England, 1891.

We are honored to welcome the following experts to our session to share in the celebration:

  • A brief history of the Kelmscott Press: Sandra Kroupa, Book Arts and Rare Book Curator, University of Washington.
  • On collecting Morris: Mark Samuels Lasner, William Morris Society Board member and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Delaware, and Fran Durako, owner of the Kelmscott Bookshop.
  • The Kelmscott Goudy Press at Rochester Institute of Technology: Steven Galbraith, Curator of the Melbert B. Cary, Jr. Graphic Arts Collection, and Amelia Fontanel, Associate Curator of the Melbert B. Cary Graphic Arts Collection
One of the opening pages of the Kelmscott Chaucer. An intricate border of vines surrounds an image and a block of text. The image is Chaucer reading in a garden. The text is the beginning of the prologue of the Canterbury Tales. It begins with a large decorative W.

One of the opening pages of the Kelmscott Chaucer. The Kelmscott Press, 1896. British Library, C.43.h.19.

If you are already a William Morris Society in the United States member, there is no need to register – all members will receive a link to the event via email. Find out more about joining the Society.

Guests can register on our Eventbrite.

For those unable to attend on the day, the event will also be recorded and made available on our YouTube channel.