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    Five Socialist Publications by William Morris

    William Morris. The Aims of Art. London: Office of "The Commonweal," 1887. First edition. [and:] Chants for Socialists. London: Socialist League Office, 1885. Second edition (issued in the same year as the first), with headlines and the addition of Down among the Dead.. [and:] Monopoly or How Labour is Robbed. [and:] True and False Society. [and:] Useful Work versus Useless Toil. London: The Hammersmith Socialist Society, 1893. Later editions. Five twelvemo volumes. 39; 16; 15, [1, advertisement]; 19, [1, advertisement]; 19, [1, advertisement] pages. Uniformly bound in green morocco-backed cloth with parchment tips. Spines sunned. Mild offsetting to endpapers. A near fine set.
    William Morris (British, 1834-1896) was a well-known textile designer, artist, translator, poet and socialist.
    In December 1884, William Morris founded the Socialist League. At its full height, the League had six branches, with contacts in Scotland and Ireland. The branch of the League which met at Morris's house was called the Hammersmith Socialist Society. The Commonweal was the League's monthly newspaper. The banner for The Hammersmith Socialist Society, which published the latter three books, was designed by Walter Crane. In 1890, Morris left the League. His Hammersmith Branch broke off to become the independent Hammersmith Socialist Society. (Forman). From the Pre-Raphaelite Collection of William E. Fredeman.

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