The Arts & Crafts Movement

The Arts & Crafts Movement was an international design movement that started in England in the middle of the 19th century. It was a reaction to the excesses of Victorian culture, a reaction to capitalism and to factory work. Practitioners of the movement were concerned about the value of work and the well-being of individual workers. They believed that a worker should own his or her work, rather than contributing to the property of a capitalist.


A work described as 'perfect ... both in design and in the quality of the printing...the last and the most magnificent, the Kelmscott Chaucer' (Printing and the Mind of Man, p.223). The most ambitious and magnificent book of the Press, the Kelmscott Chaucer was four years in the making.

Presented by Sammy Jay of Peter Harrington Rare Books. First edition thus, one of 500 sets. It was the masterpiece of the Doves Press, famous for its austerely dramatic incipit with Johnston's single elongated initial “I.” It epitomizes the understated elegance and restrained style of the Doves Press.

A short film by Tom Beal about Robert Green’s reconstruction & subsequent search for the lost Doves Press Fount of Type.