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The Grammar of Ornament - Owen Jones
#501 Vol. 1 Ornament of Savage Tribes
#502 Vol. 2 Egyptian Ornament
#503 Vol. 3 Assyrian and Persian Ornament
#504 Vol. 4 - Greek Ornament
#505 Vol. 5 - Pompeian Ornament
#506 Vol. 6 - Byzantine Ornament
#507 Vol. 7 Arabian Ornament
#508 Vol. 8 Turkish Ornament
#509 Vol. 9 Moresque Ornament
#510 Vol. 10 Persian Ornament
#511 Vol. 11 Indian Ornament
#512 Vol. 12 Hindoo Ornament
#513 Vol. 13 Chinese Ornament
#514 Vol. 14 Medieval Ornament
#515 Vol. 15 Celtic Ornament
#516 Vol. 16 Renaissance Ornament
#517 Vol. 17 Elizabethan Ornament
#518 Vol. 18 Italian Ornament
All the Volumes in one page

The Illuminated Manuscripts Collection
#401 Vol. 1 Medieval & Renaissance
#402 Vol. 2 Medieval & Renaissance
#403 Vol. 3 Medieval & Renaissance
#404 Vol. 4 Medieval & Gothic
#405 Vol. 5 Frontispieces Collection
#414 Vol. 6 High Renaissance Borders
#415 Vol. 7 Renaissance Initials
#416 Vol. 8 The Roman Manuscript
All the Volumes in one page

The Celtic Manuscripts Collection
#406 Vol. 1 Capital Letters
#407 Vol. 2 Borders & carpet pages
#408 Vol. 3 People, animalia & punctuation
#409 Vol. 4 From many manuscripts NEW
All the Volumes in one page

L'Ornement Polychrome
Auguste Racinet
#423 Vol. 1 Medieval Ornament
#424 Vol. 2 Stained Glass
#425 Vol. - Renaissance and 17th Century
#426 Vol. 4 18th Century Ornament
All the Volumes in one page

The Owen Jones Collection
#410 Vol. 1 Ancient Spanish Ballads
#411 Vol. 2 Paradise and the Peri
#420 Vol. 3 Gray's Elegy
#421 Vol. 4 Joseph and His Brethren
All the Volumes in one page

Special Collections
#417 Antonius Collection, Music Scores Pages
#418 William Morris, The Kelmscott Chaucer
#419 Walter Crane, The Faerie Queene
#422 Aubrey Beardsley, Le Morte D'arthur

Borders for Word
#413 Vol. 1 Borders for Word Documents
#412 Vol. 2 Gems from the Poets

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Renaissance Invitations
Walter Crane Page
The Faerie Queene
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The Arts & Crafts Movement
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Special Collections
William Morris
The Kelmscott Chaucer

"The works of Geoffrey Chaucer newly imprinted"
#418

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Borders and illuminated initial capital letters from the most important book of the modern age.
To my knowledge this is the first time that William Morris’ borders and large capital letters have been redrawn by hand in eps vector format. All the borders and a large part of the capital letters from the Kelmscott Chaucer have been drawn on a Wacom tablet using only the pen tool in Adobe Illustrator.

The Kelmscott Chaucer.
The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, Now Newly Imprinted.
More than a classic text book, the Kelmscott Chaucer was conceived as a celebration of the art of bookmaking. Many consider it the most beautiful of modern books. Printed in limited edition like all the books printed by William Morris; only 425 copies on paper and 13 on vellum were imprinted. Today a copy on paper sale for anywhere from 60 to 70 thousand dollars and not long ago one copy on vellum was purchaser for environ half million dollars.
It contains 87 illustrations from Edward Burne-Jones, 14 large borders and (at my count) 17 small borders, plus many illuminated words and initial letters; William Morris designed all the borders and illuminated initial letters.
In many books I find that the small borders that are used around the 87 Burne-Jones’ illustrations are 17 and not 18. I examined end counted them more than one time and I can find only one explanation to this miscount:
The borders as all the images and initials in the book where transferred on wood with a photographic process and then engraved by W. H. Hooper. There are two borders that are the same but reversed left to right. Is it possible that during the photographic process one of the plates was reversed and imprinted twice on the woodblocks? …and engraved twice.
It can be verified in this images that those two borders are exactly the same and the image has been reversed left to right. It is also interesting to note the little variations in the hand of the engraver, but doesn't make it for two different borders.
William Morris started working on the project of the Geoffrey Chaucer volume in 1892, in 1893 he was already working on the borders and the illuminated capitals. R. Catterson-Smith and C. Fairfax Murray transferred all the pencil illustrations from Burne-Jones to ink drawings suitable for engraving, then after approval by Burnes-Jones they were engraved by W. H. Hooper. The engraving of each of these 87 images took one week.
Four year later, May 8, 1896 all pages were printed and the publication date was set for June 26.
On the second day of June 1896 the binder delivered the first two copies finished to Morris, one for Burnes-Jones, one for himself.
Four months later, on October 3, he died at the age of 62.

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What is in the CDs

This CD contains all the 31 borders that are in the book plus 113 illuminated initial capital letters.

Also reproductions of Parchments, Antique Books covers and blank pages that can be used as backgrounds.

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All the decorative borders and letters in this volume have been hand drawn in vector format using Adobe Illustrator.

There are 14 large borders and 17 small borders.

There are 43 three-lines drop caps , many letters appear in more than one design. This set is complete.

There are 40 seven-lines drop caps, many letters appear in more than one design. This set is not complete because not all the letters of the alphabet appear in the book as drop caps of this size. The letters missing are: D J Q X Z

There are 30 ten-lines drop caps , many letters appear in more than one design. This set is not complete because not all the letters of the alphabet appear in the book as drop caps of this size. The letters missing are: D J K H Q U V X Z