Thomas More’s novel Utopia was first published in Latin in 1516, and is famous for its playful account of an ideal society, set on an island of the same name. Since then, utopia has become known as a general term for a better or alternative vision of the world.
The Brotherton Collection contains two important editions of More’s Utopia. The first was published in 1518 by the celebrated printer and publisher Johann Froben. The second was printed in 1893 at the Kelmscott Press in a limited edition of 300, from a design by William Morris.
This resource explores utopia by looking at the notion of the ideal book. Different expressions of this ideal can be found the production methods and collection histories of both editions.
The resource was developed by Dr Liz Stainforth (School of Fine Art History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds), to mark the 500th anniversary of Utopia in 2016.
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