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ILLUMINATION KNOWLEDGE for the 2Ist CENTURY at the UNIVERSITY of MARYLAND LIBRARIES IN THIS ISSUE 2 Russian Ties 3 Testudo through Time 4 Riots on Route 1 6 First Degree Summer 2013 Wayzegoose celebrates popular William Morris exhibition UPHOLDING a longstanding tradition among printers and pressmen, the University Libraries hosted a springtime Wayzegoose, or seasonal celebration, for donors and special guests. The event highlighted a yearlong exhibition relating to the 19thcentury British designer and typographer William Morris. Morris himself hosted Wayzegoose dinners for the employees of his famous Kelmscott Press, so the May 9 event, held in Hornbake Library, was especially fitting. Although many people know Morris (1834 – 1896) for his textile and wallpaper designs, a goal of the exhibition, says curator Ann Hudak, is to show this immense range of Morris’s interests. “Morris is credited as one of the founders of the Arts and Crafts movement,” Hudak says. “But he was also an author and a translator, a designer and a printer. He is such an inspiring figure, and his works and thoughts resonate today as they did more than a century ago.” From top: Cartoon by Burne-Jones of Morris reading to him; Illuminated book; upholstery fabric designed by Morris. The exhibition examines Morris’s life and vision, focusing on his written works, political activism and artistic endeavors. “He died doing the work of ten men,” his doctor said of him. A rare copy of works by Geoffrey Chaucer printed by the Kelmscott Press in 1896 inspired the exhibition. Known as the Kelmscott Chaucer, the book is a masterpiece of hand printing and widely considered to be one of the finest books ever printed. It was continues on page 7

Illumination Spring 2013

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