The memory of Frederic Douglas is still fresh in the minds of many longtime Denver residents. This many-sided man knew the West, making its early Indian inhabitants and their artifacts a special area of knowledge. From 1929 to 1956 he served as Curator of Indian Arts at Chappell House, located in the handsome red sandstone town house at the corner of 13th and Pennsylvania Streets, which was previously the home of George Cranmer.
Douglas, and his father Canon Winfred Douglas, were admirers and collectors of fine printing. The Denver Public Library's collection was started with the acquisition of the Douglas libraries. Representing the finest examples of craftsmanship in the art of bookmaking, the most important holding is a complete collection of books published by William Morris at the Kelmscott Press during the 1890s.
Front plate and first page of Hand and Soul by Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
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