William Morris’s Kelmscott Press Up for Sale
According to the NY Times, the Kelmscott Press, the press which produced the infamous Kelmscott Chaucer printed by William Morris in 1896, is officially up for sale. The Kelmscott Press, or more specifically the Improved Albion Press No. 6551, is seven feet high and weighs in at somewhere between 2,000 and 3,000 pounds of wrought iron. This very press produced 438 copies of the Kelmscott Chaucer, an ornate and beautifully printed leather bound work which is commonly seen as one of the principal works in the tradition of fine press. Although the press has been largely dormant aside from specialty printing performed by previous owners the Lieberman family, there is nothing to stop you, modern printer, from snagging it up and putting it back to good use. Aside from maybe the $100,000 to $150,000 price tag. Read the full article here.
Page from the Kelmscott Chaucer.
William Morris, Age 53.
Mr. Lieberman posing with the Kelmscott Press 1961.
The Kelmscott Press in its current condition. Priced modestly at $100,000 – $150,000.