great-grandchildren of Robert Morrisson donated these windows to memorialize
their father, grandfather and great-grandfather and had them installed
in the bay window on the north side of the building soon after the completion
of the 1893 renovation. Designed by Louis C. Tiffany of the Tiffany
Glass and Decorating Company of New York, they are examples of his secret
technique known as "Favrile Glass." Except for the details of faces
and arms, which are painted on, most of the light and shade effects
are achieved by folding the glass to create variations in light.
The windows are still located on the north side of the building facing North A Street, now in the Periodicals Area. The large window shows Johann Gutenberg (1400-68) demonstrating his system of movable type. The smaller windows pay tribute to European and English writers and feature typographical symbols of other early printers: William Caxton, England's first ; Aldus Manutius of Venice ; Simon Vostre, French printer, and the Flemish publisher Plantin with his motto, "patience and labor."
In the small panels, two quotations are entwined in ribbon. "Books let us into the souls of men and lay open to us the secrets of our own" is from William Hazlitt (1778-1830). The other, "Study as if you were to live forever; live as if you were to die to-morrow" is attributed to Isidore of Seville (560-636).
|Read the text of the 1895 booklet "Memorial Window."|