site contains an electronic catalogue of 60 images of designs
executed by Morris for the publishers Blackie and Son and
Gresham around the turn of the last century, along with
relevant bibliographic information. Twenty-four of these
images are of books held by the University of Manitoba Libraries
(UM Libraries); the rest belong to a private collection.
site aims for two goals: to identify some historically significant
books held by the UM Libraries; and to supplement previous
work about Talwin Morris and his designs. An individual
Web page provides a larger image, notes, call numbers, pointers
to copies held in some other libraries, and bibliographic
information about each book in the catalogue. All books
included in this catalogue are attributed to Morris in published
articles or books. The individual book pages contain citations
to these sources. This site was created in 2004 by Lyle
Ford, Off-campus Librarian, University of Manitoba, during
a research leave. An article about Talwin Morris,
written during the same research leave, will be published
The Alcuin Society's quarterly journal: "Art for the
Art Nouveau book designs of Talwin Morris." Amphora
1893, Talwin Morris (1865-1911) moved from London to Glasgow
to become Art Director for the publisher Blackie and Son.
He later took on additional work with the publisher Gresham.
These were very successful publishers, producing reference
books and books for schools, among other types of publications.
Morris worked for both publishers up to the time of his
death. During his tenure as a book designer, he associated
with Charles Rennie Mackintosh and other proponents of the
Glasgow Style. Morris’ designs incorporate many aspects
of the Glasgow Style. For a more detailed biography of Talwin
Morris, click here.
site breaks into four main categories:
- An annotated list of books and articles about Talwin
Morris and his designs.
Gallery - A series of pages showing small images of
Morris book designs along with bibliographic information,
listed alphabetically by title. Clicking on the small
image loads a page with a larger image and more detailed
bibliographic information. See the entire catalogue at
View Entire Gallery,
or just the books in the UM Libraries at View University
of Manitoba Books Only.
- Links - An annotated
list of select Web sites dedicated to the book designs
of Talwin Morris.
- Talwin Morris Biography - A short biography and overview of Morris'
life and career as a book designer.