Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1892. Bifolium (16" x 11" unfolded), printed on handmade paper created by Joseph Batchelor and Son in Kent, specially watermarked with a "Flower" designed by William Morris, folded once to produce 4 pages, printed in red and black, on p.  a large initial H with interlocking ornament inspired by insular ornament; on p.  a large initial W. Folded twice, soiled on final page, some wear along edges, but the paper stock very strong and crisp. Item #3229
THE BEGINNING OF TROY TYPE.
Four-page Prospectus for the first Kelmscott book printed in the Troy type, and the first in which the Chaucer type appears.
The prospectus is a solicitation for the "new" Kelmscott Press edition of "The Recuyell of the Historyes of Troye" from which the Troy type takes its name. In the present prospectus the Chaucer type is printed in red on p. . The Troy type was first announced to the world of books in a May 1892 Kelmscott list of "forthcoming" titles. Our Prospectus states that printing of "Recuyell" was finished on Oct. 14, 1892, and was being sold through Bernard Quaritch. The Kelmscott Chaucer, which appeared four years later, was printed with both Troy and Chaucer types, the latter differing only in size (12-point Primer instead of 18-point Great Primer).
Morris's Troy type shows the influence of the beautiful early types of Peter Schoeffer of Mainz, Gunther Zainer of Augsburg, and Anton Koburger of Nuremberg. Not surprisingly, Morris owned books from all these presses. Even more than the Golden type, the Troy font has a strong character of its own, which differs largely from that of any medieval type.