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Ode to Generosity: Keats tome given to art school

 17/03/2015

A rare edition of the poems of Keats has been given to the library of the Glasgow School of Art. 

The edition, from 1898, has been given to the school, which lost much of its collection in a disastrous fire last May, by the ABA. 

The cover design of John Keats His Poems, gilt-tooled in Glasgow School style, was created by GSA teacher and designer, Ann Macbeth.

 

 

The book was formally presented to GSA Librarian, Jennifer Higgins, by the President of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association, Brian Lake. Mr Lake said: "The ABA is very pleased to donate the poems of Keats, in a binding designed by Ann Macbeth, who was a student and teacher at The Glasgow School of Art.

It seemed an entirely appropriate contribution to the rebuilding of the Library and, we hope, an encouragement to other booksellers and collectors to make their own contributions of suitable books and bindings as the School of Art rises from the ashes.

See the full report from Phil Miller, Arts Correspondent for Herald Scotland