Morris, William. Pre-Raphaelite Ballads. New York: A. Wessels, 1900. Designed and partly printed by Clarke Conwell at the Elston Press. Limited to 500 numbered large copies on Old Stratford paper, of which this is #236. Printed with red initials and illustrated with black & white full-page decorations by H.M. O'Kane. The borders of all pages have been hand-colored, along with O'Kane's endpaper illustration (which was not present on the Japan Vellum copy). Holland spine with decorated paper-covered boards. Browning to front and rear covers.
“The ballads have red initial letters and are embellished by beautiful symbolical borders in black and white: the text is printed direct from a new font of type [ATF Satanick]” (Publishers Weekly).
“…O'Kane is to be congratulated that [her] work has a quickly apparent charm, and that amid a multitude of pitfalls [she] has succeeded in giving Morris’s ballads a suitable setting, for the first and last thing that strikes the reader…is an atmosphere of fitness” (The New York Times Saturday Book Review).
"While this book does not bear the imprint of the Elston Press, it is decorated by H. M. O'Kane. In his book Notes on the Elston Press, Herbert Johnson suggests it was most likely a collaboration between her and her husband, Clarke Conwell" (Sheldon).