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Graphic Design and Visual Culture in Europe 1890-1945

Private Press Books in Special Collections

Vale Press

The Vale Press (1896-1904), under Charles Ricketts, modified the ideas of William Morris. The books produced were perhaps less grand than those of Kelmscott, but still very original. Ricketts designed three founts; his experimentation in half-uncials reflects his interest in the ancient letter forms of the scribes. The edition of the fifteenth century poem The Kingis Quair is one of the most interesting of the Vale books.


pages from The Kingis Quair 

 page from Religio Medici


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