February 9, 2014

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INTRODUCTION

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A view of Morris’s study, shortly after his death, by Edmund H. New. (Mark Samuels Lasner Collection, University of Delaware Library.) 

William Morris (1834–1896) was a voracious reader from an early age, but it was only in his later years that he became a determined book-collector, and all the evidence suggests that he then began to acquire books and manuscripts on a large scale primarily because of his interest in the history of book illustration and typography. Hence when he founded the Kelmscott Press in 1891, his fascination with printing led him on to increasingly ambitious purchases for his library, especially of medieval books and manuscripts. Nevertheless, he also owned a very substantial collection of nineteenth-century books—we have identified more than a thousand so far—and this point is worth emphasizing, because most published remarks on Morris’s library, including those of Morris himself and Sydney Cockerell, give the misleading impression that his bookshelves held little else but incunables.

This website represents an attempt to reconstruct the personal library of one of the most influential figures of the Victorian era. Drawing upon a large number of sources, we are creating a short-title list of all the books and manuscripts Morris is known to have had in his collection. We are also including information about provenance, snippets from the Sotheby sale catalogue of Morris’s library (December 1898), buyers and prices of the lots in that auction, and links to digital copies of the titles. (We are aware, by the way, that some of those links, especially to Google Books, are not functional outside the United States because of copyright restrictions, but we hope that may change in the future.) Likewise, we are making use of the three manuscript catalogues of Morris’s books compiled during his lifetime (see Abbreviations under “MS catalogues”). At a later stage, we want to add more information about individual entries, such as allusions to them in Morris’s writings and correspondence.

The story of how Morris’s collection was dispersed after his death is complex and can only be briefly summarized here. Though some of his books remained within the family, his executors, Sydney Cockerell and F. S. Ellis, arranged for a private sale of the rest of the library to Richard Bennett, a Manchester collector, who quickly disposed of a large number of items that were subsequently offered at auction by Sotheby’s (London) in December 1898. Because Henry Wellcome was the most active buyer at that sale, the Wellcome Library in London today has one of the two largest collections of titles from Morris’s library, but of course the remainder of the lots in the 1898 auction are now widely scattered. The other substantial body of material once owned by Morris is at the Morgan Library in New York, because in 1902 J. Pierpont Morgan acquired the second part of Bennett’s collection. Unfortunately the Wellcome Library sold hundreds of Morris’s books during the 1930s and 1940s, and even the Morgan has deaccessioned a few titles that were treated as duplicates.

We have also decided, after some hesitation, to include books that were owned by Morris’s wife and daughters before his death, on the assumption that these books were all at one time under the roofs of Kelmscott House and Kelmscott Manor, and were no doubt in some instances mingled with Morris’s modern books. Similarly, we are listing books given by Morris to others, except for copies of his own works and Kelmscott Press titles. In a few instances, we know that these books came directly from his own bookshelves as duplicate copies, and the books he presented to others often tell us something about Morris’s literary tastes and preferences.

In order to give a better sense of how much Morris is likely to have paid for his early books and manuscripts, we are gradually adding details from the Ellis valuation (see Abbreviations) compiled after Morris’s death.

It will be obvious that this site is a work in progress. We welcome suggestions, corrections, and especially new information; we are diligently searching in all the obvious sources, but we urge readers to tell us about books and manuscripts once in Morris’s possession that we may have overlooked.

We should add that we maintain another website devoted to the Kelmscott Chaucer.

William S. Peterson (wsp@umd.edu) & Sylvia Holton Peterson (swholton2@cs.com)

Morris bookplateMorris’s book label, created by his executors.


Bibliographical note: The best accounts of Morris’s library are two chapters by Paul Needham (though in both cases he limits his discussion mainly to fifteenth- and early sixteenth-century books) in William Morris and the Art of the Book (New York: Pierpont Morgan Library and Oxford University Press, 1976), pp. 21–47, and Under the Hammer: Book Auctions since the Seventeenth Century, ed. Robin Myers, Michael Harris, and Giles Mandelbrote (New Castle, Del.: Oak Knoll Press; London: British Library, 2001), pp. 173–208. (For Paul Needham’s contributions to our digital catalogue of the Morris library, see Acknowledgments.)

For another discussion of Morris’s book-buying habits, see Richard Landon, A Long Way from the Armstrong Beer Parlour: A Life in Rare Books, ed. Marie Elena Korey (Toronto: Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library; New Castle, Del.: Oak Knoll Press, 2014), pp. 323–38. Mark Samuels Lasner’s handlist of a Grolier Club exhibition, William Morris: The Collector as Creator (New York: Grolier Club, 1996), also offers a good description of Morris’s library and how it was formed.

A useful, more general study is Richard W. Oram with Joseph Nicholson, ed., Collecting, Curating, and Researching Writers’ Libraries (Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014).

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December 10, 2016

Comments Off on ¶ Kempis — Þriar Stuttar Bækur (1676)

¶ Kempis — Þriar Stuttar Bækur (1676)

[Kempis, Thomas à]. Þriar Stuttar Bækur Huørnen Madur skule breyta epter Herranum Christo. Hoolum i Hialta Dal [Iceland], 1676.

An Icelandic translation of The imitation of Christ.

Provenance: Sigurdur Bjornsson. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 835 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for 15s.). — Henry Wellcome. — George Udny Yule. — St. John’s College Library, Cambridge (A7.UkCU-JOH) [gift from Yule, 1939].

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 610.


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December 10, 2016

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¶ St. Jerome — Der heiligen Altväter Leben (1507)

Jerome, Saint [Hieronymus]. Der heiligen Altväter Leben, wie sie ihr hl. Leben in der Einöde vollbracht haben. Strassburg: J. Grüninger, 1507.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 594 (sold to Ellis for £7 15s.). — Charles Fairfax Murray. — Murray sale, Christie, 10 December 1917, lot 217. — Unlocated.

Reference: Fairfax Murray Catalogue (German), 1, no. 202.

Digital version: BSB.


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December 9, 2016

Comments Off on ¶ Ovid — De arte amandi et remedio amoris (1521)

¶ Ovid — De arte amandi et remedio amoris (1521)

Ovid. Ovidius de arte amandi et remedio amoris. Milan: Austinus de Vicemercato for J. J. de Legnano, 1521.

With bibliographical note by Sydney Cockerell. Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 924 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £3 10s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores EPB / D 4677/D).


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December 8, 2016

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¶ Rosetti — Plictho de lárte de tentori (1540)

Rosetti, Gioanventura. Plictho de lárte de tentori che insegna tenger panni telle banbasi et sede si per lárthe magiore come per la Comune. Venice: Rampazetto, 1540.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Nicolas Yemeniz. — Yemeniz sale, Librairie Bachelin-Deflorenne, 29 April–7 May 1867, lot 1099 [HathiTrust]. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 886 (sold to Hardie [?] for £7 10s.). — National Art Library, Victoria & Albert Museum (87.C.118).


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December 8, 2016

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¶ Sagan Landnama (1688)

Sagan Landnama vm fyrstu bygging Islands af nordmønnum. Skalhollte: Druckt af H. Kruse, 1688.

First Icelandic saga printed in Iceland.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 893.

December 8, 2016

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¶ Seneca — Des motz Dorez des quatre vertus cardinales (1531)

Seneca, Lucius Annaeus. Jesus Maria Seneque, des motz Dorez des quatre vertus cardinales de Latin translate en francoys. Trans. Claude de Syssel. Lyon: Francoys Juste, 1531.

Illustrated.

Provenance: George Mainwaringe [?]. — Morris. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1009 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £4 4s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Adrian McLaughline. — Brian Lawn. — Bodleian Library (Lawn f.104).


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December 7, 2016

Comments Off on ¶ Morris — Well at the world’s end (1896)

¶ Morris — Well at the world’s end (1896)

Morris, William. The well at the world’s end. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1896.

Illustrated by Edward Burne-Jones.

Provenance: Morris. — Jane Morris (?). — May Morris. — Mary Lobb. — Lobb sale 2, lot 487 (part; sold for £1 10s.). — Unlocated.

Reference: Bibliography A39.

Digital version: Heinrich Heine Universität Düsseldorf.

December 7, 2016

Comments Off on ¶ Karadschitsch — Volksmärchen der Serben (1854)

¶ Karadschitsch — Volksmärchen der Serben (1854)

Karadschitsch, Wuk Stephanowitsch. Volksmärchen der Serben. Berlin: G. Reimer1854.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 892.

Digital version: Google.

December 7, 2016

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¶ d’Avennes — L’art arabe (1877)

d’Avennes, Prisse. L’art arabe d’après les monuments du Kaire. 4 vols. Paris: Morel, 1877.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 970 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £22). — Henry Wellcome. — Unlocated.


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December 7, 2016

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¶ Surtees — Handley Cross (1843)

Surtees, Robert Smith. Handley Cross, or The spa hunt: a sporting tale. 3 vols. London: Henry Colburn, 1843.

Illustrated. The above is the first edition; it is not known which edition Morris owned, but in the Lobb sale catalogue it is described as “2 vols., n.d.”

Provenance: Morris. — Jane Morris. — May Morris. — Mary Lobb. — Lobb sale 1, lot 76 (part; sold for 9s.). — Unlocated.

December 5, 2016

Comments Off on ¶ Boccaccio — De claris mulieribus (1473)

¶ Boccaccio — De claris mulieribus (1473)

Boccaccio, Giovanni. De claris mulieribus. Ulm: Johann Zainer, 1473.

Illustrated. Morris: “To turn back to the books numbered above as the most important of the school, I should call John Zainer’s De Claris mulieribus, and the Æsop, and Günther Zainer’s Spiegel des menschlichen Lebens the most characteristic. Of these my own choice would be the De Claris mulieribus, partly perhaps because it is a very old friend of mine, and perhaps the first book that gave me a clear insight into the essential qualities of the mediaeval design of that period. The subject-matter of the book also makes it one of the most interesting, giving it opportunity for setting forth the mediaeval reverence for the classical period, without any of the loss of romance on the one hand, and epical sincerity and directness on the other, which the flood-tide of Renaissance rhetoric presently inflicted on the world. No story-telling could be simpler and more straightforward, and less dependent on secondary help, than that of these curious, and, as people phrase it, rude cuts. And in spite (if you please it) of their rudeness, they are by no means lacking in definite beauty: the composition is good everywhere, the drapery well designed, the lines rich, which shows of course that the cutting is good. Though there is no ornament save the beautiful initial S and the curious foliated initials above mentioned, the page is beautifully proportioned and stately, when, as in the copy before me, it has escaped the fury of the bookbinder. ¶ The great initial S I claim to be one of the very best printers’ ornaments ever made, one which would not disgrace a thirteenth-century manuscript. Adam and Eve are standing on a finely-designed spray of poppy-like leafage, and behind them rise up the boughs of the tree. Eve reaches down an apple to Adam with her right hand, and with her uplifted left takes another from the mouth of the crowned woman’s head of the serpent, whose coils, after they have performed the duty of making the S, end in a foliage scroll, whose branches enclose little medallions of the seven deadly sins. All this is done with admirable invention and romantic meaning, and with very great beauty of design and a full sense of decorative necessities. ¶ As to faults in this delightful book, it must be said that it is somewhat marred by the press-work not being so good as it should have been even when printed by the weak presses of the fifteenth century; but this, though a defect, is not, I submit, an essential one.” (Ideal book, p. 52.)

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (ChL470).

References: ISTC (ib00716000). — Morgan Catalogue 1, no. 194.

Digital version: BSB.

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December 5, 2016

Comments Off on ¶ Theophrastus — De historia plantarum (1644)

¶ Theophrastus — De historia plantarum (1644)

Theophrastus. Theophrasti Eresii De historia plantarum libri decem, graecè et latinè. Amsterdam: H. Laurentius, 1644.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1159 (sold to Thomson for £3). — Henry Wellcome. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 359 (with three X’s next to it).


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December 5, 2016

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¶ Unger — Karlamagnus saga ok kappa hans (1860)

Unger, C. R., trans. Karlamagnus saga ok kappa hans. Christiania: H. J. Jenson, 1860.

Misdated in Sotheby 1898.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 849 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £4 8s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Unlocated.

Digital version: HathiTrust.


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December 1, 2016

Comments Off on ¶ Guðmundsson — Kormáks saga (1832)

¶ Guðmundsson — Kormáks saga (1832)

Guðmundsson, Þorgeir, trans. and ed. Kormáks saga. Copenhagen: H. H. Thiele, 1832.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 850 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 12s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Beinecke Library, Yale University (1996 320).

Digital versions: HathiTrust.


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December 1, 2016

Comments Off on ¶ Ruel — De natura stirpium (1537)

¶ Ruel — De natura stirpium (1537)

Ruel, Jean [Joanne Ruellio]. De natura stirpium libri tres. Basel: Froben, 1537.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 991 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Cosed stores EPB / D 5620/D).


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December 1, 2016

Comments Off on ¶ Schlegel — Hin forna lögbók Islendínga sem nefnist Grágás (1829)

¶ Schlegel — Hin forna lögbók Islendínga sem nefnist Grágás (1829)

Schlegel, J. F. G., ed. Hin forna lögbók Islendínga sem nefnist Grágás. Codex juris Islandorum antiquissimus, qui nominatur Grágás. 2 vols. Copenhagen: H. H. Thiele, 1829,

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 468 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for 10s.). — Unlocated.


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November 30, 2016

Comments Off on ¶ Valla — Commentationes (1502)

¶ Valla — Commentationes (1502)

Valla, Giorgio. Commentationes. In Ptolomei quadripartitum inque Ciceronis partitiones & Tusculanas questiones ac Plinii Naturalis historie librum secundum. Venice: Marco Firmini in officina Simonis Bivilaquae, 1502.

This book seems not to be in Sotheby 1898, where one would expect to find it, so the history of ownership is not clear.

Provenance: Morris. — Cardiff University Library (Q125.2.V2).

November 30, 2016

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¶ Eyjólfsson — Sagan Landnama (1688)

Eyjólfsson, Einar, ed. Sagan Landnama vm fyrstu bygging Islands af nordmønnum. Skálholt, Iceland: H. Kruse, 1688.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 898 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £3 12s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Unlocated.


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November 30, 2016

Comments Off on ¶ Pedro de Ravena and Hoogstraten

¶ Pedro de Ravena and Hoogstraten

The following titles are bound together:

[1] Pedro de Ravena [Petrus Ravennas]. Compendium juris civilis domini doctoris Petri Ravennatis. Cologne: Hermannum Bumgart de Ketwych, 1506.

Reference: Ellis valuation, fol. 7b, no. 82 (£1).

[2] Hoogstraten, Jacobus van. Defensio scholastica pricipum almanie. Cologne: Johann Landen, 1508.

Reference: Ellis valuation, fol. 7b, no. 84 (£1).

Digital version: BSB.


Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 861 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £3 7s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Unlocated.


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November 29, 2016

Comments Off on ¶ Salzenberg — Alt-christliche Baudenkmale von Constantinopel (1854)

¶ Salzenberg — Alt-christliche Baudenkmale von Constantinopel (1854)

Salzenberg, W. Alt-christliche Baudenkmale von Constantinopel vom V. bis XII. Jahrhundert. Berlin: Ernst & Korn, 1854.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1057 (sold to Henry Wellcome for 13s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Unlocated.


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November 29, 2016

Comments Off on ¶ Mémoires de la Société royale des antiquaires du Nord

¶ Mémoires de la Société royale des antiquaires du Nord

Mémoires de la Société royale des antiquaires du Nord.

An annual published by the Société in Copenhagen. Morris owned these volumes: 1836–6, 1840–60, 1867, 1868.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 446 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 11s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Unlocated.


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November 29, 2016

Comments Off on ¶ Faeregyinga saga (1833)

¶ Faeregyinga saga (1833)

Faeregyinga saga. Copenhagen: Verlag der Schubotheschen Buchhandlung, 1833.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 839 (sold to Henry Wellcome for 15s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Unlocated.


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November 29, 2016

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¶ Der Weiss kunig (1775)

Der Weiss kunig. Eine erzehlung von den thaten kaiser Maximilian des Ersten. Vienna: J. Kurzböckens, 1775.

Illustrated by Hans Burgkmair.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 330 (sold to Leighton for £14 10s.). — Unlocated.


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November 28, 2016

Comments Off on ¶ Quincuplex Psalterium (1513)

¶ Quincuplex Psalterium (1513)

Quincuplex Psalterium. Paris: Henricus Stephanus, 1513

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 974 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 10s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Wellcome auctions (1), lot 239 (sold to Cleverdon for £ 1 12s.). — Cleverdon. — Unlocated.


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November 28, 2016

Comments Off on ¶ Handbook for travellers in northern Italy (1858)

¶ Handbook for travellers in northern Italy (1858)

Handbook for travellers in northern Italy. 7th ed. 2 vols. London: John Murray, 1858.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 730.

Digital version: HathiTrust.

November 28, 2016

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¶ Karadzhīć — Volksmärchen der Serben (1854)

Karadzhīć, Vuk Stefanovīć. Volksmärchen der Serben. Berlin, G. Reimer 1854

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 846 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for £2 4s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Unlocated.


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November 25, 2016

Comments Off on ¶ Pliny — Historia naturalis (1476)

¶ Pliny — Historia naturalis (1476)

Pliny, the Elder [Plinius]. Historia naturalis. Ed. Filippo Beroaldo [Phillippus Beroaldus]. Parma: Stephanus Corallus, 1476.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

References: ISTC (ip00790000). — MS catalogue (2), no. 882 (with two X’s beside it).

November 23, 2016

Comments Off on ¶ Ochsenbrunner — Priscorum heroum stemmata (1494)

¶ Ochsenbrunner — Priscorum heroum stemmata (1494)

Ochsenbrunner, Thomas. Priscorum heroum stemmata. Rome: Johann Besicken and Sigismundus Mayer, 18 February 1494.

Inscriptions on flyleaf: “Philip Webb from W.M.” and “Emery Walker from P.W. 1915.” Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Philip Webb. — Emery Walker. — Dorothy Walker. — Bodleian Library (Don. e.56) [gift from Dorothy Walker, presented through the Friends of the Bodleian, October 1934].

Reference: ISTC (io00007000).

Digital version: BSB.

November 22, 2016

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¶ Aristotle — Problemata (1482)

Aristotle [Aristoteles]. Problemata. Trans. Bartholomaeus de Messana. [Venice]: Johannes Herbort, de Seligenstadt, 25 February 1482.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 103 (sold to Voynich for £2 4s.). — National Library of Medicine (WZ 230 P498e 1482).

References: ISTC (ia01044400). — MS catalogue (2), no. 687 (with two X’s next to it).

Digital version: BSB.


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November 22, 2016

Comments Off on ¶ Schedel — Liber chronicarum (1493)

¶ Schedel — Liber chronicarum (1493)

Schedel, Hartmann. Liber chronicarum. Nuremberg: Anton Koberger for Sebald Schreyer and Sebastian Kammermeister, 12 July 1493.

With Morris’s signature and address of Red House, Upton, Kent, which indicates that he acquired it before 1865. Inscribed “William and Lucy Rossetti from William Morris, Mch 31st, 1874” and “This was Morris’s wedding present to us. W.M.R. 1905.”

Provenance: Morris. — William and Lucy Rossetti (gift from Morris, 31 March 1874). — David Gage Joyce. — Joyce sale, Hanzel Galleries (Chicago), 22–23 September 1973, lot 65 (sold for $9,500). — Sotheby, 10 December 1999, lot 149 (sold for £17,250). — Unlocated.

Reference: ISTC (is00307000).

Digital version: BSB.

November 22, 2016

Comments Off on ¶ Morris — Earthly paradise (1870)

¶ Morris — Earthly paradise (1870)

Morris, William. The earthly paradise: a poem. 4 vols. London: Ellis and White, 1870.

Presentation copy to Jane and May Morris, with a 40-line MS poem by Morris inserted in vol. 1.

Provenance: Morris. — Jane and May Morris. — May Morris. — Mary Lobb. — Lobb sale 2 (bought in for £12 10s.). — Unlocated.

November 21, 2016

Comments Off on ¶ Hafner-Alteneck — Trachten, kunstwerke un geräthschaften (1879–1889)

¶ Hafner-Alteneck — Trachten, kunstwerke un geräthschaften (1879–1889)

Hafner-Alteneck, J. H. Trachten, kunstwerke un geräthschaften vom frühen mittelater bis ende des achtzehnten jahrhunderts. 10 vols. in 5. Frankfurt am Main: H. Keller, 1879–1889.

Illustrated. In portfolios.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 476 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £32). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores Hist. 2 ZH /HEF).

Digital version: HathiTrust.


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November 21, 2016

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¶ Rink — Grønland geographisk og statistisk beskrevet (1857)

Rink, Hinrich. Grønland geographisk og statistisk beskrevet. 2 vols. Copenhagen: A. F. Høst, 1857.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898 (lot unknown; sold to Henry Wellcome). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores Hist. 2 (RMR) ZBE.399).

November 17, 2016

Comments Off on ¶ Verdizotti — Cento favole morali (1570)

¶ Verdizotti — Cento favole morali (1570)

Verdizotti, Giovanni Mario. Cento favole morali de i piu illustri antichi & moderni autori Greci, & Latini. Venice: Giordano Zileti, 1570.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1087 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £4 6s.). — Unlocated.


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November 17, 2016

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¶ Spruner von Merz — Spruner-Menke atlas antiquus (1865)

Spruner von Merz, Karl. Spruner-Menke atlas antiquus. Gotha: Sumtibus Justi Perthes, 1865.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1135 (sold to Walker for 5s.). — Unlocated.


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November 15, 2016

Comments Off on ¶ Smith — Persian art (1876)

¶ Smith — Persian art (1876)

Smith, R. Murdoch. Persian art. [London]: Chapman and Hall, [1876].

An art handbook issued by the South Kensington Museum. Frequently reprinted; we do not know which edition Morris owned.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 705.

November 15, 2016

Comments Off on ¶ Jónsson — Nokkrar tækifærisræður (1859)

¶ Jónsson — Nokkrar tækifærisræður (1859)

Jónsson, Magnús. Nokkrar tækifærisræður. Akureyri: Prentað í Prentsmiðja Norður- og Austurumdæmisins hjá H. Helgasyni, 1859.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 707.

November 14, 2016

Comments Off on ¶ Sagan af Niáli Þórgeirssyni (1772)

¶ Sagan af Niáli Þórgeirssyni (1772)

Sagan af Niáli Þórgeirssyni ok sonvm hans &c. [Copenhagen]: Prentvd i Kavpmannahavfn, af Johann Rúdolph Thiele, 1772.

Provenance: Paul Riant, le Comte de Riant — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 902 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 1s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Beinecke Library, Yale University (1997 320).

Digital version: HathiTrust.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 883.


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November 14, 2016

Comments Off on ¶ Gallus — Malogranatum (1473?)

¶ Gallus — Malogranatum (1473?)

Gallus, Abbot of Königssaal [Gallus, Abbas Cisterciensis]. Malogranatum. [Strassburg: Heinrich Eggestein, not after 1473.]

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 541 (sold to Heppenstal for £1 15s.). — Det Kongelige Bibliotek [Royal Library and Copenhagen University].

Reference: ISTC (ig00047000).


Sotheby 1898:

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November 14, 2016

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¶ Bax — Story of the French revolution (1892)

Bax, E. Belfort. The story of the French revolution. London: Swann Sonnenschein, 1892.

Note on endpaper: “This book is from the library of William Morris and was bought at the sale of his collection at Sotheby’s. B. Dobell.”

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898 (lot unknown). — Ralph Burton (U.K.).

November 9, 2016

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¶ Morris — Gothic architecture (1893)

Morris, William. Gothic architecture: a lecture for the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1893.

Vellum copy. Inscribed “Sold to Henry Gamman, August 1897, S. C. Cockerell.” Clipped signature of Morris loosely inserted.

Provenance: Morris. — Henry Gamman. — Estelle Doheny. — St. John’s Seminary (Camarillo, Calif.). — Doheny sale, part 6, Christie (New York), 19 May 1989, lot 2303 (estimate $700–$1,000). — Unlocated.

Reference: Bibliography, A18.

November 9, 2016

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¶ Rüxner — Anfang, ursprung und herkomen des Thurniers (1532)

Rüxner, Georg. Anfang, ursprung und herkomen des Thurniers inn Teutscher nation. Thurnier Buch. Simmern: H. Rodler, 1532.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 992 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £3 8s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Unlocated.


Sotheby 1898:

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November 9, 2016

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¶ Safn til Sögu Íslands og Íslenzkra Bókmenta (1852–61)

Safn til Sögu Íslands og Íslenzkra Bókmenta að fornu og nýju, gefið út af hinu Íslenzka Bókmentafèlag. 6 vols. Copenhagen: S.L. Möller, and Reykjavik, 1852–61.

Morris evidently did not own vol. 6.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 451 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for 11s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Unlocated.


Sotheby 1898:

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November 7, 2016

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¶ Francis — Angling (1877)

Francis, Francis. Angling. London: “The Field” Office, 1877.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 816.

Digital version: HathiTrust.

November 7, 2016

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¶ Carlyle — Past and Present (1843)

Carlyle, Thomas. Past and Present. London: Chapman and Hall, 1843.

MS catalogue (2) does not identify the edition.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 806.

Digital version: HathiTrust.

November 3, 2016

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¶ Gladwin — Ayeen Akbery (1800)

Gladwin, Francis, trans. Ayeen Akbery, or the institutes of the Emperor Akber. 2 vols. London: G. Auld for J. Sewell, 1800.

“No William Morris book label though this would seem to be lot 407 from the original sale catalogue” (Wellcome catalogue).

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 407 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for 10s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [?] ( Closed stores EPB / B 10116/B).

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 40.


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November 3, 2016

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¶ Ovid — Metamorphosin (1509)

Ovid. Accipe studiose lector P. Ovidii Metamorphosin cum luculentissimis Raphaelis Regii enarrationibus. Venice: Giorgio Rusconi, 1509.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 927 (sold to Quaritch for £7 15s.). — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 402 (with two X’s next to it).


Sotheby 1898:

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November 3, 2016

Comments Off on ¶ Morris — Life and death of Jason (1869)

¶ Morris — Life and death of Jason (1869)

Morris, William. The life and death of Jason: a poem. London: F. S. Ellis, 1869.

Presentation copy to Jane Morris.

Provenance: Morris. — Jane Morris. — May Morris. — Mary Lobb. — Lobb sale 2, lot 473 (bought in for £18 10s.) — Unlocated.

November 3, 2016

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¶ Handbook for travellers to central Italy (1843)

Handbook for travellers to central Italy. London, John Murray, 1843.

We do not know which edition Morris owned.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 811.

November 2, 2016

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¶ Descriptive catalogue of the glass vessels (1878)

A descriptive catalogue of the glass vessels in the South Kensington Museum. London: printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode and sold by Chapman and Hall, 1878.

Illustrated. With an introductory notice by Alexander Nesbitt.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 705.

Digital copies: HathiTrust.

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