February 9, 2014

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INTRODUCTION

Morris study 2

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


“Friends of Mr. Morris will always regret that no catalogue of his complete library was ever issued, as it would have illustrated, in a remarkable manner, the real genius in selection which enabled him, in a very short space of time, to bring together so many specimens of first-rate importance” (The Guardian, 14 December 1898, p. 26).

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, since 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. (Following the same principle, we are recording Morris’s personal copies of Kelmscott Press books that were published during his lifetime.) 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.

We are of course recording medieval and Renaissance manuscripts owned by Morris, but we have excluded his calligraphic exercises and drafts of his own writings. For both manuscripts and books later acquired by J. Pierpont Morgan, we are transcribing Sydney Cockerell’s marginalia in the copy of the Morgan Catalogue (see Abbreviations) now in the Lilly Library, Indiana University.

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.

Obviously this site continues to be a work in progress. We welcome suggestions, corrections, and especially new information; we are diligently searching in all the known 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 15, 2017

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¶ Conradus, de Brundelsheim — Sermones (1480)

Conradus, de Brundelsheim [Soccus]. Sermones de tempore. Deventer: Richardus Pafraet, 1480.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1124 (sold to Proctor for £5 10s.). — Robert Proctor. — Unlocated.

References: ISTC (is00588000). — MS catalogue (2), no. 932, p. 85 (with an X beside the title).

Digital version: ULD.


Sotheby 1898:

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December 14, 2017

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¶ Rawlinson — Great monarchies (1873–76)

The two following titles are conflated in the Sotheby 1898 catalogue as The seven great monarchies of the ancient eastern world. (Morris seems not to have owned The sixth great Oriental monarchy, published in 1873, or if he did, it may have been deaccessioned by the Wellcome Library, which has another copy without Morris’s book label.)

[1] Rawlinson, George. The five great monarchies of the ancient eastern world, or the history, geography, and antiquities of Chaldaea, Assyria, Babylon, Media, and Persia. 3rd ed. 3 vols. London: John Murray, 1873.

[2] Rawlinson. The seventh great Oriental monarchy, or the geography, history, and antiquities of the Sassanian or new Persian empire. 2 vols. in 1. London: Longmans, 1876.

Digital version: Internet Archive (Morris’s copy).


Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 822 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £6 10s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores Hist. 2 ZBB.28).

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 136 (where the title is rendered as “Rawlinson’s Ancient Monarchies”).


Sotheby 1898:

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December 13, 2017

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¶ Aquinas (c. 1500) and Biel (1499)

The following titles were bound together but were separated after Morris’s death:

[1] Aquinas, Thomas, Saint. In hoc libello continentur tres tractatuli. Primus est sancti Thome Aquinatis de mirabili quidditate et efficacia venerabilis sacramenti eucharistie. Secundus est magistri Nicolai de lyra de idoneo ministrante suscipiente idem sacramentum. Tercius est alicuius docti collectoris de expositione dominice orationis. [Cologne: Heinrich Quentel, c. 1500.]

Digital version: Google.

[2] Biel, Gabriel. Epitoma expositionis sacri canonis missae. Ed. Wendelin Steinbach. Tübingen: [Johann Otmar for Friedrich Meynberger, 1499.]

Illustrated.

Reference: ISTC (ib00654000).

Digital version: BSB.


Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1078 (sold to Proctor for £1 16s.). — Robert Proctor. — [Aquinas only:] — Christie (South Kensington), 20 September 1996, lot 2 (sold to Maggs for £1,255). — Maggs catalogue 1220, no. 8. — Unlocated.


Sotheby 1898:

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December 12, 2017

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¶ Boedhvarsson — Riimur af Ingvari Viidfaurla og Sveini Syni Hans (1777)

Boedhvarsson, Arni. Riimur af Ingvari Viidfaurla og Sveini Syni Hans. [Iceland:] Hrappsey, 1777.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 50.

December 12, 2017

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¶ Horae (c. 1420)

Horae. Paris, c. 1420.

We have been unable to identify this book. The entry in MS catalogue (2) reads: “Book of Hours printed on vellum (imperfect, printed at Paris about 1520).”

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 38 (with two X’s beside the title).

December 11, 2017

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¶ Magnússon — Volsünga saga (1870)

Magnússon, Eiríkr, and William Morris, trans. Volsünga saga. The story of the Volsungs and Niblungs, with certain songs from the elder Edda. London: F. S. Ellis, 1870.

In a binding designed by Philip Webb..

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 250.

December 11, 2017

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¶ Morris — Aeneids of Virgil (1876)

Morris, William, trans. Aeneids of Virgil. 2 vols. London: Ellis & White, 1876.

Large paper.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

References: LeMire, p. 65. — MS catalogue (2), no. 175.

December 8, 2017

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¶ Duns Scotus — Quaestiones (c. 1477)

Duns Scotus, John [Johannes]. Quaestiones selectae abbreviatae et ordinatae per alphabetum super quattuor libris Sententiarum Petri Lombardi Quodlibetisque Metaphysicae et De Anima. Ed. Johann, von Köln [Johannes de Colonia]. [Venice]: Vindelinus de Spira, [c. 1477].

The edition we have chosen is conjectural. The full entry in MS catalogue (2) is “Petri Lombardi sententiae sine loco et n. probably printed at Venice.”

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

References: ISTC (id00384000). — MS catalogue (2), no. 802 (with two X’s next to the title).

December 8, 2017

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¶ Morris — Earthly paradise (1872)

Morris, William. The earthly paradise. 10 vols. London: Ellis and Green, 1872.

“Popular Edition. In ten parts.” An incomplete set: includes parts 3, 4, 5, 6, 10.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 260.

December 8, 2017

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¶ Plates of a book about the making of tapestry

Plates of a book about the making of tapestry.

Unidentified. The full entry in MS catalogue (2) is “The Making of Tapestry. Plates only. Paris.”

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 335.

December 8, 2017

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¶ Album of eastern illuminations

Album of eastern illuminations.

Unidentified. The full entry in MS catalogue (2) is “Album of Eastern Illuminations (Delhi work seemingly).”

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 353.

December 7, 2017

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¶ Facsimiles of ancient manuscripts (1873–?)

Facsimiles of ancient manuscripts. London: Paleographical Society, 1873—?

This series continued into the twentieth century, so it is unclear how many volumes Morris owned.

Provenance: Morris — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 324.

December 7, 2017

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¶ Lemprière — Biblioteca classica (1825)

Lemprière, John. Biblioteca classica, or a classical dictionary containing a full account of all the proper names mentioned in ancient authors, with tables of coins, weights and measures in use among the Greeks and Romans. London: T. & J. Allman, 1825.

MS catalogue (2) does not identify the date of this book, which went through many editions.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 294.

December 7, 2017

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¶ Morris — Life and death of Jason (1877)

Morris, William. The life and death of Jason: a poem. 7th ed. London: Ellis and White, 1877.

With corrections in pencil.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 263.

Digital version: Google.

December 7, 2017

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¶ Sturluson — Sagan af Agli Skallagrímssyni (1856)

Sturluson, Snorri. Sagan af Agli Skallagrímssyni. Ed. Jón Þorkelsson. Reykjavík: Einar Þórðarson, 1856.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 274.

December 7, 2017

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¶ Kringvåra balk (?)

Kringvåra balk (?)

We cannot identify this book. The entry in MS catalogue (2) reads: “Kringvara balk (lacks title) printed in Iceland about 1680.”

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 271.

December 7, 2017

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¶ Chaucer — Works (1896)

Chaucer, Geoffrey. The works of Geoffrey Chaucer. Ed. F. S. Ellis. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1896.

Illustrated by Edward Burne-Jones. Presented by Jane Morris to Exeter College Library, 7 November 1896, with a note by Sydney Cockerell: “This is the first bound copy of the Chaucer. It was delivered to William Morris on Tuesday June 2nd 1896.”

Provenance: Morris. — Jane Morris. — Exeter College Library, Oxford University (9 YHM 55c.1.).

Reference: Bibliography, A40.

December 6, 2017

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¶ Bulteau — Description de la cathédrale de Chartres (1850)

Bulteau, Marcel Joseph. Description de la cathédrale de Chartres. Chartres: Garnier and others, 1850.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 149.

December 6, 2017

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¶ Bayet — L’art byzantin (1883)

Bayet, Charles. L’art byzantin. Paris: A. Quantin, 1883.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 130.

December 6, 2017

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¶ Jean, d’Arras — Melusine (1854)

Jean, d’Arras. Melusine. Ed. Charles Brunet. Paris: P. Jannet, 1854.

Based on Paris, 1478 edition.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 62.

December 6, 2017

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¶ Brunet — Le violier des histoires romaines (1858)

Brunet, Gustave, ed. Le violier des histoires romaines: ancienne traduction françoise des Gesta Romanorum. Paris: P. Jannet, 1858.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 63.

December 5, 2017

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¶ Coleridge — Poems (1896)

Coleridge, Samuel Taylor. Poems chosen out of the works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Ed. F. S. Ellis. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1896.

Vellum copy. Inscribed by Jane Morris to Sydney Cockerell, 2 September 1912. Note by Cockerell on flyleaf: “Owing to the difficulties of printing on vellum, it was necessary, in order to ensure the full number of perfect copies, to print one more of each sheet than was required. This volume consists of the sheets which remained over after the sheets for the eight vellum copies of this work had been selected. The majority are quite satisfactory, but here and there the vellum may be too thin or the inking defective or there may be slight stains needing this explanation.”

Provenance: William Morris. — Jane Morris. — Sydney Cockerell. — Lessing J. Rosenwald. — Library of Congress (PR4478.A35 E4 Copy 2, Rosenwald Collection) [gift of Rosenwald].

December 4, 2017

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Rossetti — Hand and soul (1895)

Rossetti, Dante Gabriel. Hand and soul. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1895.

Morris book label.

Provenance: Morris. — University of Virginia Library (Special Collections E 1895 .R67).

Reference: Bibliography, 36.

December 2, 2017

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¶ Jacobus, de Voragine — Golden legend (1892)

Jacobus, de Voragine. The golden legend. Trans. William Caxton and ed. F. S. Ellis. 3 vols. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1892.

Morris’s copy, with some manuscript notes.

Provenance: Morris. — Parke-Bernet, 13 March 1971, lot 347. — Unlocated.

Reference: Bibliography, A7.

December 2, 2017

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¶ Morris — Dream of John Ball (1892)

Morris, William. A dream of John Ball and A king’s lesson. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1892.

Frontispiece by Burne-Jones. Vellum copy. Morris’s signature on flyleaf.

Provenance: Morris. — Frederick H. Evans. — Unidentified catalogue (loosely inserted in book), no. 128 ($165). — Lessing J. Rosenwald. — Library of Congress (PR5079 .D8 1892 Copy 2, Rosenwald Collection) [gift of Rosenwald].

Reference: Bibliography, A6.

December 2, 2017

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¶ Morris — Dream of John Ball (1892)

Morris, William. A dream of John Ball and A king’s lesson. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1892.

Frontispiece by Burne-Jones. Vellum copy. Inscribed “Sold to Henry Gamman, August 1897. S. C. Cockerell.” Clipped signature of Morris tipped in.

Provenance: Morris estate. — Henry Gamman (purchased from the Morris estate, August 1897; sold August 1899). — Marsden J. Perry. — Perry sale, American Art Association, Anderson Galleries (New York), 12 March 1936, lot 244 (sold for $60). — Unlocated.

References: Bibliography, A6. — Marsden Perry List, no. 18.

December 1, 2017

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¶ Clanvowe — Floure and the leafe (1896)

Clanvowe, Sir Thomas. The floure and the leafe, and The boke of Cupide, god of love, or The Cuckow and the nightingale. Ed. F. S. Ellis. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1896.

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

Provenance: Morris. — Henry Gamman (purchased from the Morris estate, August 1897; sold August 1899). — Marsden J. Perry. — Perry sale, American Art Association, Anderson Galleries (New York), 12 March 1936, lot 281 (sold for $40). — John A. Saks. — Saks sale, Christie (New York), 20 May 1983, lot 117. — J. Paul Getty (Wormsley Library, private collection, England). — Mark Getty (Wormsley Library).

References: Bibliography, A43. — Marsden Perry List, no. 188.

December 1, 2017

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¶ Laudes beatae Mariae Virginis (1896)

Laudes beatae Mariae Virginis. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1896.

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

Provenance: Morris. — Henry Gamman (purchased from the Morris estate, August 1897; sold August 1899). — Marsden J. Perry. — Perry sale, American Art Association, Anderson Galleries (New York), 12 March 1936, lot 282 (sold for $90). — John A. Saks. — Saks sale, Christie (New York), 20 May 1983, lot 116. — J. Paul Getty (Wormsley Library, private collection, England). — Mark Getty (Wormsley Library).

References: Bibliography, A42. — Marsden Perry List, no. 181.

December 1, 2017

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¶ Morris — Earthly paradise (1896–97)

Morris, William. The earthly paradise. 8 vols. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1896–97.

Vellum copy. Inscribed “Sold to Henry Gamman, August 1897. S. C. Cockerell.” Clipped signature of Morris tipped in. (Morris died between the publication of the second and third volumes.)

Provenance: Morris. — Henry Gamman (purchased from the Morris estate, August 1897; sold August 1899). — Marsden J. Perry. — Perry sale, American Art Association, Anderson Galleries (New York), 12 March 1936, lot 248 (sold for $280). — John A. Saks. — Saks sale, Christie (New York), 20 May 1983, lot 115. — J. Paul Getty (Wormsley Library, private collection, England). — Mark Getty (Wormsley Library).

References: Bibliography, A41. — Marsden Perry List, nos. 180, 183, 191, 197, 199, 201, 204, 206.

November 30, 2017

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¶ Chaucer — Works (1896)

Chaucer, Geoffrey. The works of Geoffrey Chaucer. Ed. F. S. Ellis. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1896.

Illustrated by Edward Burne-Jones. Vellum copy. No Morris book label.

Provenance: Morris. — Henry Gamman (purchased from the Morris estate, August 1897; sold August 1899). — Marsden J. Perry. — Perry sale, American Art Association, Anderson Galleries (New York), 12 March 1936, lot 276 (sold to Charles Sessler for $7,100). — Charles J. Rosenbloom (purchased from Sessler, 1967). — Beinecke Library, Yale University (BEIN 1977 Folio 29) [Rosenbloom bequest, 1973].

References: Bibliography, A40. — Marsden Perry List, no. 178. — Peterson, William S., and Sylvia Holton Peterson. The Kelmscott Chaucer: A Census. New Castle, Del.: Oak Knoll Press, 2011. (See 1.15.)

November 30, 2017

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

Provenance: Morris. — Henry Gamman (purchased from the Morris estate, August 1897; sold August 1899). — Marsden J. Perry. — Perry sale, American Art Association, Anderson Galleries (New York), 12 March 1936, lot 283 (sold for $110). — John A. Saks. — Saks sale, Christie (New York), 20 May 1983, lot 113. — J. Paul Getty (Wormsley Library, private collection, England). — Mark Getty (Wormsley Library).

References: Bibliography, A39. — Marsden Perry List, no. 176.

November 30, 2017

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¶ Coleridge — Poems (1896)

Coleridge, Samuel Taylor. Poems chosen out of the works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Ed. F. S. Ellis. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1896.

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

Provenance: Morris. — Henry Gamman (purchased from the Morris estate, August 1897; sold August 1899). — Marsden J. Perry. — Perry sale, American Art Association, Anderson Galleries (New York), 12 March 1936, lot 280 (sold for $110). — John A. Saks. — Saks sale, Christie (New York), 20 May 1983, lot 112. — J. Paul Getty (Wormsley Library, private collection, England). — Mark Getty (Wormsley Library).

References: Bibliography, A38. — Marsden Perry List, no. 170.

November 30, 2017

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¶ Herrick — Poems (1895)

Herrick, Robert. Poems chosen out of the works of Robert Herrick. Ed. F. S. Ellis. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1895.

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

Provenance: Morris. — Henry Gamman (purchased from the Morris estate, August 1897; sold August 1899). — Marsden J. Perry. — Perry sale, American Art Association, Anderson Galleries (New York), 12 March 1936, lot 271 (sold for $250). — John A. Saks. — Saks sale, Christie (New York), 20 May 1983, lot 111. — J. Paul Getty (Wormsley Library, private collection, England). — Mark Getty (Wormsley Library).

References: Bibliography, A37. — Marsden Perry List, no. 170.

November 30, 2017

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¶ Rossetti — Hand and soul (1895)

Rossetti, Dante Gabriel. Hand and soul. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1895.

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

Provenance: Morris. — Henry Gamman (purchased from the Morris estate, August 1897; sold August 1899). — Marsden J. Perry. — Perry sale, American Art Association, Anderson Galleries (New York), 12 March 1936, lot 274 (sold for $60). — Unlocated.

References: Bibliography, 36. — Marsden Perry List, no. 165.

November 30, 2017

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¶ Morris — Child Christopher (1895)

Morris, William. Child Christopher and Goldilind the fair. 2 vols. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1895.

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

Provenance: Morris. — Henry Gamman (purchased from the Morris estate, August 1897; sold August 1899). — Marsden J. Perry. — Perry sale, American Art Association, Anderson Galleries (New York), 12 March 1936, lot 272 (sold for $35). — John A. Saks. — Saks sale, Christie (New York), 20 May 1983, lot 109. — J. Paul Getty (Wormsley Library, private collection, England). — Mark Getty (Wormsley Library).

References: Bibliography, A35. — Marsden Perry List, no. 160.

November 30, 2017

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¶ Morris — Life and death of Jason (1895)

Morris, William. The life and death of Jason, a poem. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1895.

Illustrated by Edward Burne-Jones. Vellum copy. Inscribed “Sold to Henry Gamman, August 1897. S. C. Cockerell.” Clipped signature of Morris tipped in.

Provenance: Morris. — Henry Gamman (purchased from the Morris estate, August 1897; sold August 1899). — Marsden J. Perry. — Perry sale, American Art Association, Anderson Galleries (New York), 12 March 1936, lot 273 (sold for $120). — John A. Saks. — Saks sale, Christie (New York), 20 May 1983, lot 108. — J. Paul Getty (Wormsley Library, private collection, England). — Mark Getty (Wormsley Library).

References: Bibliography, A32. — Marsden Perry List, no. 156.

November 30, 2017

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¶ Ellis — Syr Perecyvelle of Gales (1895)

Ellis, F. S., ed. Syr Perecyvelle of Gales. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1895.

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

Provenance: Morris. — Henry Gamman (purchased from the Morris estate, August 1897; sold August 1899). — Marsden J. Perry. — Perry sale, American Art Association, Anderson Galleries (New York), 12 March 1936, lot 275 (sold for $35). — Parke-Bernet, 5 November 1946, lot 311. — Unlocated.

References: Bibliography, A33. — Marsden Perry List, no. 153.

November 30, 2017

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¶ Morris — Tale of Beowulf (1895)

Morris, William, and A. J. Wyatt, trans. The tale of Beowulf. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1895

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

Provenance: Morris. — Henry Gamman (purchased from the Morris estate, August 1897; sold August 1899). — Marsden J. Perry. — Perry sale, American Art Association, Anderson Galleries (New York), 12 March 1936, lot 276 (sold for $130). — John A. Saks. — Saks sale, Christie (New York), 20 May 1983, lot 106. — J. Paul Getty (Wormsley Library, private collection, England). — Mark Getty (Wormsley Library).

References: Bibliography, A32. — Marsden Perry List, no. 147.

November 29, 2017

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¶ Morris — Defence of Guenevere (1892)

Morris, William. The defence of Guenevere, and other poems. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1892.

Morris signature on flyleaf.

Provenance: Morris. — Newberry Library (Wing ZP 845 .K299).

Reference: Bibliography, A5.

November 28, 2017

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¶ Savonarola — Epistola de contemptu mundi (1894)

Savonarola, Girolamo. Epistola de contemptu mundi di frate Hieronymo da Ferrara dellordine de frati predicatori la quale manda. Ed. Charles Fairfax Murray. London: Kelmscott Press, 1894.

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

Provenance: Morris. — Henry Gamman (purchased from the Morris estate, August 1897; sold August 1899). — Marsden J. Perry. — Perry sale, American Art Association, Anderson Galleries (New York), 12 March 1936, lot 265 (sold for $80). — John A. Saks. — Saks sale, Christie (New York), 20 May 1983, lot 105. — J. Paul Getty (Wormsley Library, private collection, England). — Mark Getty (Wormsley Library).

References: Bibliography, A31. — Marsden Perry List, no. 141.

November 27, 2017

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¶ Ellis — Psalmi penitentiales (1894)

Ellis, F. S., ed. Psalmi penitentiales. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1894.

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

Provenance: Morris. — Henry Gamman (purchased from the Morris estate, August 1897; sold August 1899). — Marsden J. Perry. — Perry sale, American Art Association, Anderson Galleries (New York), 12 March 1936, lot 263 (sold for $45). — Saks sale, Christie (New York), 20 May 1983, lot 104. — J. Paul Getty (Wormsley Library, private collection, England). — Mark Getty (Wormsley Library).

References: Bibliography, A30. — Marsden Perry List, no. 138.

November 27, 2017

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¶ Wardrop — Book of wisdom and lies (1894)

Wardrop, Oliver, trans. The book of wisdom and lies. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1894.

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

Provenance: Morris. — Henry Gamman (purchased from the Morris estate, August 1897; sold August 1899). — Marsden J. Perry. — Unlocated.

References: Bibliography, A28. — Marsden Perry List, no. 105.

November 27, 2017

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¶ Morris — Wood beyond the world (1894)

Morris, William. The wood beyond the world. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1894.

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

Provenance: Morris. — Henry Gamman (purchased from the Morris estate, August 1897; sold August 1899). — Marsden J. Perry. — Perry sale, American Art Association, Anderson Galleries (New York), 12 March 1936, lot 261 (sold for $110). — John A. Saks. — Saks sale, Christie (New York), 20 May 1983, lot 102. — J. Paul Getty (Wormsley Library, private collection, England). — Mark Getty (Wormsley Library).

References: Bibliography, A27. — Marsden Perry List, no. 104.

November 27, 2017

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¶ Morris — Tale of the Emperor Coustans (1894)

Morris, William, trans. The tale of the Emperor Coustans and of over sea. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1894.

Vellum copy. Inscribed “Bought by Henry Gamman, August 1897. S. C. Cockerell.” Clipped signature of Morris tipped in.

Provenance: Morris. — Henry Gamman (purchased from the Morris estate, August 1897; sold August 1899). — Marsden J. Perry. — Perry sale, American Art Association, Anderson Galleries (New York), 12 March 1936, lot 267 (sold for $35). — John A. Saks. — Saks sale, Christie (New York), 20 May 1983, lot 101. — J. Paul Getty (Wormsley Library, private collection, England). — Mark Getty (Wormsley Library).

References: Bibliography, A26. — Marsden Perry List, no. 99.

November 27, 2017

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¶ Swinburne — Atalanta in Calydon (1894)

Swinburne, Algernon C. Atalanta in Calydon. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1894.

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

Provenance: Morris. — Henry Gamman (purchased from the Morris estate, August 1897; sold August 1899). — Marsden J. Perry. — Perry sale, American Art Association, Anderson Galleries (New York), 12 March 1936, lot 266 (sold for $100). — John A. Saks. — Saks sale, Christie (New York), 20 May 1983, lot 100. — J. Paul Getty (Wormsley Library, private collection, England). — Mark Getty (Wormsley Library).

References: Bibliography, A25. — Marsden Perry List, no. 96.

November 24, 2017

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¶ Morris — Of the friendship of Amis and Amile (1894)

Morris, William, trans. Of the friendship of Amis and Amile. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1894.

Vellum copy. Inscribed “Sold to Henry Gamman, August 1897. S. C. Cockerell.” Clipped signature of Morris tipped in. (The usual Morris book label had been removed by 1936.)

Provenance: Morris. — Henry Gamman (purchased from the Morris estate, August 1897; sold August 1899). — Marsden J. Perry. — Perry sale, American Art Association, Anderson Galleries (New York), 12 March 1936, lot 258 (sold for $40). — Unlocated.

References: Bibliography, A23. — Marsden Perry List, no. 84.

November 24, 2017

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¶ Morris — Story of the glittering plain (1894)

Morris, William. The story of the glittering plain. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1894.

Illustrated by Walter Crane. Vellum copy. Inscribed “Sold to Henry Gamman, August 1897. S. C. Cockerell.” Clipped signature of Morris tipped in. A letter to an identified correspondent, 4 August [1891], is laid in (quoted in Collected Letters, 3:334).

Provenance: Morris. — Henry Gamman (purchased from the Morris estate, August 1897; sold August 1899). — Marsden J. Perry. — Perry sale, American Art Association, Anderson Galleries (New York), 12 March 1936, lot 260 (sold for $175). — George A. Poole, Jr. — Lilly Library, Indiana University (Vault Lilly PR5079 .S8).

References: Bibliography, A22. — Marsden Perry List, no. 77.

November 22, 2017

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¶ Morris — Tale of King Florus (1893)

Morris, William, trans. The tale of King Florus and the fair Jehane. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1893.

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

Provenance: Morris. — Henry Gamman (purchased from the Morris estate, August 1897; sold August 1899). — Marsden J. Perry. — Perry sale, American Art Association, Anderson Galleries (New York), 12 March 1936, lot 253 (sold for $40). — John A. Saks. — Saks sale, Christie (New York), 20 May 1983, lot 95. — J. Paul Getty (Wormsley Library, private collection, England). — Mark Getty (Wormsley Library).

References: Bibliography, A21. — Marsden Perry List, no. 72.

November 22, 2017

Comments Off on ¶ Rossetti — Ballads and narrative poems (1893)

¶ Rossetti — Ballads and narrative poems (1893)

Rossetti, Dante Gabriel. Ballads and narrative poems. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1893.

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

Provenance: Morris. — Henry Gamman (purchased from the Morris estate, August 1897; sold August 1899). — Marsden J. Perry. — Perry sale, American Art Association, Anderson Galleries (New York), 12 March 1936, lot 251 (sold for $80). — John A. Saks. — Saks sale, Christie (New York), 20 May 1983, lot 94. — J. Paul Getty (Wormsley Library, private collection, England). — Mark Getty (Wormsley Library).

References: Bibliography, A20. — Marsden Perry List, no. 68.

November 22, 2017

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¶ Rossetti — Sonnets and lyrical poems (1894)

Rossetti, Dante Gabriel. Sonnets and lyrical poems. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1894.

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

Provenance: Morris. — Henry Gamman (purchased from the Morris estate, August 1897; sold August 1899). — Marsden J. Perry. — Perry sale, American Art Association, Anderson Galleries (New York), 12 March 1936, lot 264 (sold for $110). — Unlocated.

References: Bibliography, A20a. — Marsden Perry List, no. 86.