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Exquisitely beautiful books on the life and work of William Morris

Posted on 03 Nov 2021

Immerse yourself in the world of the iconic Arts & Crafts designer with these stunning books that bring his vibrant patterns to life.

© Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Membland Hall tile panel, designed by William Morris, manufactured by William De Morgan, made by the Architectural Pottery, Poole, 1876.

1. William Morris (Victoria & Albert Museum)

Marking the 125th anniversary of Morris’s death, William Morris is the most wide‑ranging, comprehensive – and beautiful – illustrated study of the designer ever published.

2. William Morris’s Flowers

William Morris’s Flowers is a beautiful book is devoted to designs by Morris that incorporate flowers, a central motif in his oeuvre.

3. News from Nowhere

Published in association with the V&A, this is an exquisite facsimile of the Kelmscott Press edition of William Morris’s seminal 1890 novel News from Nowhere, with an introduction by Dr Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury.

4. William Morris: An Arts & Crafts Colouring Book

William Morris: An Arts & Crafts Colouring Book features iconic patterns produced by William Morris from the V&A’s outstanding collection.

5. William Morris and the Arts & Crafts Home

William Morris and the Arts & Crafts Home celebrates William Morris’s genius, presenting a thorough overview of his life and career, and showing how he envisaged and implemented schemes for interiors in his own homes and those of others.

6. May Morris

May Morris is the first fully illustrated and comprehensive introduction to May Morris, younger daughter of William, and to her work as an artist, designer and embroiderer.