Wezatas Manadshafte [Special Issue on William Morris and the Kelmscott Press]
by Zachrisson, Wald (editor and publisher)
Goteborg Sweden: Wald Zachrisson, 1903. A rare copy of an issue of a Swedish publication honoring William Morris and the Kelmscott Press that beautifully exemplifies the breadth of Morris's influence on modern fine printing. This tribute was published by Wald Zachrisson, a master printer, publisher, and craftsman who was described in 1922 by Frederic Goudy in "Arts Typographica" as having "done more to lift the printing industry in Scandanavia than any other man." Peter Waldemar Anders Zachrisson (1861-1924) was a Swedish book printer based in Gothenburg. Zachrisson's important efforts to reform Swedish typography and book arts were inspired by William Morris among others. He named his printing company Wezäta AB after his initials. One of his publications that became an important medium for Zachrisson's ideas about printing, typography, and crafts were Wezätas month booklets. The booklets were published from 1902-1912 with widely varying content such as essays about Albrecht Dürer, Carl Milles, Ernst Josephson and Christopher Plantin, which alternated with essays whose themes are exemplified by titles like material idealism, Swedish art and the classic line, or a few words about taste. There were full booklets devoted to people like William Morris, Arnold Böcklin and Axel Petersson in Döderhult or to subjects like Japanese art. Every issue had changes - a new method of reproduction, new paper grades, colors or printing processes. Many German, English and American professionals and trade magazines expressed admiration. This is a remarkably fine copy of this special issue on Morris. It includes a biography in Swedish with a portrait of Morris, and drawings of Kelmscott Manor and the Kelmscott House and Press; a facsimile of four pages from "Notes by William Morris on His Aims in Founding the Kelmscott Press;" and copies of the first two pages of Reynard the Foxe, and two pages from the Chaucer. The cover of the periodical has the title and publication information surrounded by a beautiful color border of a William Morris design. In near fine condition save for a small stain on the bottom edge of the rear cover. 6 x 9 inches. Partially paginated [20 pages]. MOR/060316. (Inventory #: 29382)
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