26 June 2021 is International Kelmscott Press Day. It is also the 125th anniversary of the publication of the Kelmscott edition of The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. Four years in the making, the Kelmscott Chaucer, as it is commonly known, was designed by William Morris, with illustrations by Pre-Raphealite artist Edward Burne-Jones. It is considered one of the most beautiful books ever published.
Here are some virtual events taken from The William Morris Society, in the United States web site:
- ‘The Whole Scheme of the Book’: William Morris and the Kelmscott Press. McMaster University, William Ready Division of Archives & Research Collections, 23 June, 12:30 p.m. Eastern, 9:30 a.m. Pacific. Details and how to register
- Medieval Manuscripts and Private Presses: William Morris and his Followers as Collectors and Creators of Books c. 1891-1914. Institute of English Studies, University of London, and co-hosted by The William Morris Society, 26 June 2021, 09:00 – 10:00 EDT. Details and how to register
- Kelmscott Press Day Virtual Workshop, Arizona State University, 26 June 2021, 2 p.m. Eastern. Details and how to register
- Celebrating the Kelmscott Press, The William Morris Society in the United States and the Book Club of Washington, 27 June 2021, 5:00 – 6:30 pm Eastern, 2:00 – 3:30 pm Pacific. Details and how to register