Design for a Book Cover

Scope and Content

Black and white photograph of an unfinished design for a book cover [by May Morris], hand drawn in pencil or ink on paper, leaning up against a white stand. The front cover is covered in delicate leaf growth designs and unusual flower heads, which seem to grow out of the design on the spine. There is a circular motif in the centre (only half drawn). The back cover is decorated with a growth of small leaves in sprigs, which also grow out of the spine design, and some stylised flowers. The spine is densely covered with a design of plant shoots and leaves, intertwined, growing upwards from the bottom. The photograph is pasted onto a page, along with 7MMO/1/171. 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 reads 'Beautiful / unidentified / bindings'.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Production method: gelatin silver print.

Related Material

7/YYY7/1/155-169, 171-175