Willam Morris's A DREAM OF JOHN BALL is not only a classic of English literature, but also a work of significance to the Arts and Crafts revival of fine printing. It tells, in fictionalized form, of the Peasants' Revolt of 1381, and it was clearly an outgrowth of Morris's involvement with the Socialist League. His depiction of early-Medieval England as a sort of golden age differed from the prevailing view of that period as dark and violent.
In 1891 Morris founded his own Kelmscott Press, a major milestone in fine printing. In 1892 the Press produced an edition of A Dream of John Ball, set in Morris's own Golden and Ornaments typefaces, and with a frontispiece designed by Edward Burne-Jones. The Plum Park Press edition is printed in the same typefaces, and uses the same frontispiece. The title page and first page of text also preserve Morris-designed borders, and the book is bound in a Morris leaf-pattern paper, with a brown buckram spine.
A DREAM OF JOHN BALL consists of 260 pages, with overall dimensions of 73 x 58 x 19 mm (2-7/8 x 2-5/16 x 3/4 inches).
The Plum Park Press miniature edition of Morris's A DREAM OF JOHN BALL consisted of 12 copies. The price is $40, plus $5 for shipping and handling.