Walter Crane (1845 - 1915)

May Morris's Bookplate (June 1890)

Walter Crane (1845 - 1915)

This woodblock printed bookplate, inscribed ‘From the Branch to its Flower’, was designed by Walter Crane and engraved by W.H. Hooper to accompany a wedding gift of books from the Hammersmith Branch of the Socialist League to May Morris. The gift was accompanied with a message signed by 30 members saying ‘You have lived among us and have worked for us with your best strength’. The bookplate's design incorporates three ‘caps of liberty’ in each corner.