Design for a Book Cover

Archive Unit
  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 106 7MMO/1/164a
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 CM Object/ 7/MMO/1/164/1
  • Dates of Creation
      Nov 1982
  • Physical Description
      1 object

Scope and Content

Black and white photograph of a tracing for a design for a book cover [by May Morris]. It is Celtic in style, with a fairly dense design on the front cover, with fish curled in spirals at each corner, joined together with curly lines, with a fish and lily like flowers in the centre. The back cover has a single fish in the top left corner; the spine is left blank. The design is made up of lines of dots (possibly perforations), and there are dark rubbing markings on the sections of the page which are worked on. This photograph is pasted to a page, along with 7MMO/1/163. The object was held and photographed at the Bodleian Library, Oxford University. The photographs were taken during research by Elizabeth Masterman, for her book on May Morris. The text on the page adjacent to this photograph reads 'pounced tracing /?Celtic / ?pictorial!'

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

A few tiny black marks on the surface. Production method: gelatin silver print

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