(Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1894. Single bifolium leaf folded to make (4)pp. Printed on recto of first page only. This is the program for the 16 July 1894 unveiling of the Keats memorial at the Parish Church in Hampstead, which was printed by the Kelmscott Press. The item being unveiled was the bust of Keats by American sculptor Anne Whitney, which was commissioned by Charles Eliot Norton, and other American literary luminaries. According to the program, the memorial was the first on English soil. There was an earlier version of this pamphlet that stated Bret Harte would represent the nearly 100 donors in presenting the memorial, and that Dr. Alexander Mackenzie would perform on the organ; when Mackenzie cancelled and it was unclear whether Harte could attend, Morris reworked the pamphlet to say that "it is hoped" Harte would be present, and that selections from Mackenzie's "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" symphony would be performed. Printed in Golden type with a ten- and a six-line decorated initial by Morris. The pamphlet is accompanied by the invitation card, also printed at Kelmscott, which contains a six-line initial and is printed in Golden type as well. Peterson notes that Morris generally "disliked job printing," and so ephemeral items not directly related to the output of the press are quite rare. Apart from a tiny spot on the printed part of the program, and light adhesive residue on the very back page, this is a fine example of a fugitive piece of Kelmscott ephemera. Housed in a cloth chemise. (Peterson D4).
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