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The Poetical Works of Robert Burns (4 Vols) Book design by Talwin Morris 1909

The Poetical Works of Robert Burns (4 Vols) Book design by Talwin Morris 1909

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The Poetical Works of Robert Burns

Complete in 4 Volumes

'The Afton Burns' with book design by Talwin Morris

Edited with biographical introduction by Charles Annandale. Music harmonized by Harry Colin Miller and illustrated by Claude A. Shepperson with captioned tissue-guards.

The Gresham Publishing Company, London, 1909. Hardcover 4 vols. 8vo. Original red cloth with gilt lettered and decorated front boards and spines. All edges gilt, grey endpapers.


A very fine set. All four books are in very good clean condition. The cloth bindings remain good with the gilt bright and corners sharp. All endpapers very good and all inner and outer joints sound and with no cracking. All contents present and pages very clean throughout. All plates present and in very clean condition. No writing or names to the books. Overall a very good complete set.

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.

From 5 October-5 December 1896 Morris exhibited three book cover designs (The Universe, English Essays, and Daddy Samuel's Darling) at the fifth exhibition of the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society at the New Gallery, London. Morris became hugely influential in Victorian book design by moving away from the popular narrative bindings of the time to a more modern Art Nouveau approach where line, curve and decoration are used to entice the reader. The book designs of Dante Gabriel Rossetti have been cited as a particular influence.

At Blackie and Son his output was prolific, producing many designs that could be printed in different colourways across series such as the Red Letter Library and Library of Famous Books. He also designed books for Morison Brothers of Glasgow, Cassell, J. G. Cotta of Stuttgart, J. C. C. Bruns of Minden, F. Volckmar, Mudie's Select Library, and from 1898 the Blackie subsidiary Gresham. In 1906 he also supplied the cover design of the influential German magazine Dekorative Kunst. Though many of his book designs are unsigned, some feature his 'signature' of a single dot followed, after a pause, by a further two dots (a stylised rendition of his initials in morse code which would consist of a long dash followed by two shorted dashes). Others feature a stylised elongated TM monogram. During his tenure, Morris also commissioned book designs by designers such as Ethel Larcombe and Silver Studio
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