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Blog post from Tuesday, 24 March, 2015

On this day, 24th March 1834, English poet, social reformer, artist and designer William Morris was born.

William Morris founded the Kelmscott Press towards the end of his life. He wanted to revive the skills of hand printing, which mechanisation had destroyed, and restore the quality achieved by the pioneers of printing in the 15th century. The magnificent ‘Works of Geoffrey Chaucer’, published in 1896, is the finest achievement of the Kelmscott Press. Its 87 illustrations are by Edward Burne-Jones, the celebrated Victorian painter, who was a life-long friend of Morris.

The State Library of New South Wales holds a copy of the The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer published 1896.