An illustrated First Edition of Mackail's biography of William Morris (18341896), designer, author, and visionary socialist, complete in two volumes.
Bound in cloth with gilt lettering and floral decoration.
With a clipping of a review of the title from a newspaper dated 1899.
Volume I includes eleven plates, four with tissue guards, and a frontis with tissue guard.
Volume II includes nine plates and a frontis with tissue guard. Collated complete.
"John William Mackail (18591945) was a classical scholar, literary critic, and poet whose forays into the field of biography included The Life and Letters of George Wyndham, and the memoir of his old tutor Strachan-Davidson (1926), both of which are sympathetic portraits.
"However, in his Life of William Morris (1899), though an important study, Mackail's undisguised dislike of Morris' revolutionary convictions resulted in an inadequate treatment of his later political activities and writings" - ODNB.
The bindings are generally tight and firm. There is only slight wear to the extremities, with just slight bumping. Internally the pages are generally bright and clean, with some light foxing to the plates. Overall the condition is very good indeed.