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Frontispiece, The Wood Beyond the World

This is a frontispiece. It was written by William Morris and illustrated by Sir Edward Burne-Jones and published by Kelmscott Press. It is dated 1894. Its medium is handmade paper printed in red and black. It is a part of the Smithsonian Libraries department.

Written toward the end of Morris’s life, The Wood Beyond the World is a fantasy novel closely informed by medieval romances. The historical English identities and characters that Morris sought to revive were connected closely to the woods and, in particular, to oak trees. Here, oak leaves form a border around both the text and Edward Burne-Jones’s figure of a young woman bedecked in floral garlands

It is credited Gift of Calvin S. Hathaway, Smithsonian Libraries, PR5079 .W6 1894X.

  • Print, The Great Rosary
  • woodcut on paper.
  • Museum purchase through gift of various donors and from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund.
  • 1938-88-8669

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Its dimensions are

H x W (book open): 21 × 29.1 cm (8 1/4 × 11 7/16 in.)

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Botanical Expressions.

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