Hammersmith: The Trustees of the late William Morris at the Kelmscott Press, 1897. Item #04115
“The Last Romance Written by Morris”
[KELMSCOTT PRESS]. MORRIS, William. The Sundering Flood. [Hammersmith: Sold by the Trustees of the late William Morris at the Kelmscott Press, 1897].
One of 300 copies on paper, out of a total edition of 310 copies. Octavo (8 1/8 x 5 1/2 in; 205 x 140 mm). [6, blank, , 507, [1, colophon] pp. Printed in red and black in Chaucer type. Decorative woodcut borders and initials. Line-block map (on front pastedown) drawn by H. Cribb.
Original quarter holland over blue paper boards. Printed paper label on spine. Front cover printed in black. Very slight rubbing to corners, minimal rubbing to joints and spine label, but still a near fine copy.
“This was the last romance written by Morris. He began writing it on December 21, 1895, and dictated the final words on September 8, 1896, directly to Sydney Cockerell, as Morris was too weak to finish writing out the whole of the story in his hand. Morris died less than a month after completion of this work” (Walsdorf).
Clark Library, Kelmscott and Doves, pp. 60-61. Peterson A51. Ransom, Private Presses, p. 331, no. 51. Sparling 51. Tomkinson, p. 121, no. 51. Walsdorf 51.