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c1900 TALWIN MORRIS Macaulay's Essays on English History BLACKIE & SON

c1900 TALWIN MORRIS Macaulay's Essays on English History BLACKIE & SON

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Macaulay's Essays on English History : (Talwin Morris Bookbinding)

Published by Blackie & Son, London, undated, circa 1900. Hardback book with decorative cloth binding design by who we believe to be Talwin Morris.
Pages: 248; Size: 7.5" x 5.1"

CONDITION

A very good clean copy throughout. The cloth binding is in lovely clean condition. Endpapers a little brown with age. All text pages in good clean condition throughout and free from foxing, stains and other marks. Overall a lovely copy.

Talwin Morris (15 June 1865 – 29 March 1911) was a prolific book designer and decorative artist working in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, particularly known for his Glasgow Style furniture, metalwork and book designs.

Responding to an advertisement placed in The Standard on 21 February 1893 for an Art Director for publishers Blackie and Son, he moved to Glasgow in May 1893. The advert specified "a competent draughtsman well versed in art matters, of some taste in literature, fitted to take charge of the scheming and production of book illustrations and decoration and able to carry on the correspondence concerned therewith". Whilst working for Blackie and Son, Morris continued to accept freelance commissions, such as mastheads for the popular Cassell periodical Magazine of Art.

Morris soon made the acquaintance of the artists and designers associated with the Glasgow School of Art via Robert Blackie (1820-1896) who sat on the committee of the School from 1871 to 1892. Although he never attended the School, Morris soon became friends with Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his contemporaries, and his own work quickly began to incorporate Glasgow Style motifs. He is known, for example, to have visited the art studio of the sisters Frances Macdonald and Margaret Macdonald at 128 Hope Street. Around 1897 Morris wrote an unpublished manuscript (commonly considered a piece for Studio Magazine) Concerning the Work of Margaret Macdonald, Frances Macdonald, Charles Mackintosh and Herbert McNair: an Appreciation which is now held by Glasgow Museums
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