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.) 

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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February 21, 2017

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¶ Thorsteinsson — Sturlúnga-saga (1817–20)

Thorsteinsson, B., ed. Sturlúnga-saga, edr, Islendínga-saga hin mikla. 4 vols. in 1. Copenhagen: Thorsteini Einarssyni Rangel, 1817–18[20].

Inscribed by Joní Jonssyní.

Provenance: Joní Jonssyní (?). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1052 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Beinecke Library, Yale University (1997 317).

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 887.


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February 21, 2017

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¶ Krämer — Sancte romane ecclesie fidei (1501)

Krämer, Heinrich. Sancte romane ecclesie fidei defensionis clippeum adversus waldensium seu Pickardorum heresim. Olmütz: Conrad Baumgarten, 20 April 1501.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 721 (sold to Quaritch for £5 10s.). — Bernard Quaritch. — John Hay Library, Brown University (AmB 511).


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February 20, 2017

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¶ Ólafsson — Kvæði Eggerts Ólafssonar (1832)

Ólafsson, Eggert. Kvæði Eggerts Ólafssonar. Copenhagen: E. Jónsson, Th. Sæmundsson, and S. Thorarensen], 1832.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 889.

Digital version: Google.

February 20, 2017

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¶ Munch — Saga Olafs konungs Tryggvasunar (1853)

Munch, P. A., ed. Saga Olafs konungs Tryggvasunar. Christiania: Brøgger & Christie’s bogtrykkeri, 1853.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 430 (part; sold to Tregaskis for 20s.). — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 913.


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February 17, 2017

Comments Off on ¶ Parker — Dives and Pauper (1493)

¶ Parker — Dives and Pauper (1493)

Parker, Henry. Dives and Pauper. London: printed by Richard Pynson, 5 July 1493.

Provenance: Sir Francis Freeling. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 395 (sold to Leighton for £55). — Carrie Estelle Doheny. — St. John’s Seminary (Camarillo, Calif.). — Doheny sale, part 1 (Christie), 22 October 1987, lot 135 (sold for $32,000). — Rev. D. A. Smith. — Unlocated.

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 49b (£48). — ESTC (S109783). — ISTC (ip00117000).

Digital version: BSB.


Sotheby 1898:

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February 17, 2017

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¶ L’hystoire du sainct Greaal (1523)

L’hystoire du sainct Greaal. Paris: Philippe Le Noir, 1523.

Illustrated. A Cockerell letter was laid in.

Provenance: André-Prosper-Victor Masséna, duc de Rivoli, Prince d’Essling. — Masséna sale, Paris, 1847, lot 153. — Edward Vernon Utterson. — Utterson sale, 20 March 1857. — Bernard Quaritch, Romances of Chivalry, February 1882, no. 7433. — Quaritch catalogue, 1890, no. 238. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 995 (sold to Waring for £55). — Catalogue of Old and Rare Books, Pickering & Chatto, 1900, no. 1112 (£80) [Google] . — Edith Rockefeller McCormick. — McCormick sale, American Art Association, Anderson Galleries (New York), 23 February 1934, lot 421 [HathiTrust] . — Maurice and Edward Schenk. — John A. Saks. — Saks sale, New York, 1 October 1980, lot 103. — George Abrams. — Abrams sale, Sotheby, 16 November 1989, lot 212 (estimate £15,00–£20,000). — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 927 (with two X’s beside the title).


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February 16, 2017

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¶ Verelius — Hervarar saga (1672)

Verelius, Olof. Hervarar saga på gammal götska med Olai Vereli vttolkning och notis. Uppsala: Henricus Curio, 1672.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1185 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 15s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Unlocated.


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February 16, 2017

Comments Off on ¶ Ovid — Metamorphoses (1509)

¶ Ovid — Metamorphoses (1509)

Ovid [Publius Ovidius Naso]. Metamorphoses. Venice: Georgio Rusconi, 1509.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 928 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £2 6s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Claremont Colleges Library (Special Collections PA6519 .M2 1509).


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February 16, 2017

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¶ Cronica cronicarum (1521)

Cronica cronicarum. Paris: François Regnault et Jacques Ferrebouc pour Jean Petit, 1521.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 355 (sold to Leighton for £5 5s.). — Harold Peirce. — Peirce sale, Stan V. Henkels at the Book Auction Rooms of Davis & Harvey (Philadelphia), 27 March 1903, lot 264 [Google]. — Unlocated.


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February 15, 2017

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¶ Caesar — Commentarii (1471)

Caesar, Julius. Commentarii. Venice: Nicolaus Jenson, 1471.

Provenance: Lord Auchinleck (Alexander Boswell). — Julia (Boswell) Mounsey. — Boswell sale, Sotheby, 23–26 June 1893, lot 242 (sold to Bernard Quaritch for £8 10s.). — Quaritch. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (ChL749).

References: ISTC (ic00017000). — Morgan Catalogue 2, no. 290.

Digital version: Bibliothèque Mazarine.

February 15, 2017

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¶ Aquinas — Summa theologiae (1467)

Aquinas, Thomas, Saint. Summa theologiae: Pars secunda: prima pars. Mainz : Peter Schoeffer, 6 March 1467.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1163 (sold to Bain for £34). — Bonham, 28 June 1996, lot 68 (sold for £32,000). — Unlocated.

Reference: ISTC (it00209000).

Digital version: BSB.


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February 14, 2017

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¶ Lucan — Lucan, Suetone, et Salluste (1490)

Lucan [Marcus Annaeus Lucanus]. Lucan, Suetone, et Salluste. Paris: Pierre Le Rouge, for Antoine Vérard, 22 December 1490.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Mogan. — Morgan Library (ChL1461).

References: ISTC (il00312000). — Morgan Catalogue, 2, no. 498.

February 14, 2017

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¶ Müntz — La tapisserie (1884?)

Müntz, Eugène. La tapisserie. Bibliothèque de l’enseignement des Beaux-Arts. Paris: A. Quantin, [1884?].

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 41 (part; sold to Wellcome for £1 1s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Unlocated.


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February 14, 2017

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¶ Martha — Manuel d’archéologie étrusque et romaine (1884)

Martha, Jules. Manuel d’archéologie étrusque et romaine. Bibliothèque de l’enseignement des Beaux-Arts. Paris: A. Quantin, [1884].

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 41 (part; sold to Wellcome for £1 1s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Unlocated.


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February 14, 2017

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¶ Lecoy de la Marche —Les manuscrits et la miniature (1884?)

Lecoy de la Marche, Albert. Les manuscrits et la miniature. Bibliothèque de l’enseignement des Beaux-Arts. Paris: A. Quantin, [1884?].

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 41 (part; sold to Wellcome for £1 1s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores Hist. 2 YHBAL).


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February 14, 2017

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¶ Gerspach — La mosaïque (1881)

Gerspach, [Edouard]. La mosaïque. Bibliothèque de l’enseignement des Beaux-Arts. Paris: A. Quantin, [1881].

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 41 (part; sold to Wellcome for £1 1s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Unlocated.


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February 14, 2017

Comments Off on ¶ Babelon — Manuel d’archéologie orientale (1888)

¶ Babelon — Manuel d’archéologie orientale (1888)

Babelon, Ernest. Manuel d’archéologie orientale. Bibliothèque de l’enseignement des Beaux-Arts. Paris: A. Quantin, [1888].

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 41 (part; sold to Wellcome for £1 1s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Unlocated.


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February 13, 2017

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¶ Guðmundsson — Íslendínga sögur (1829–30)

Guðmundsson, Þorgeir, and Þorsteinn Helgason, eds. Íslendínga sögur. 2 vols. Copenhagen: S. L. Moller, 1829–30.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 841 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 12s.). Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Walter Emery. — Beinecke Library, Yale University (2000 2121).

Digital versions: HathiTrust.


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February 13, 2017

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¶ Thorkelin — Eyrbyggia-saga (1787)

Thorkelin, G. J., ed. and trans. Eyrbyggia-saga, sive, Eyranorum historia. Copenhagen: A. F. Steinii for P. F. de Suhm, 1787.

Provenance: Paul Riant, Comte de Riant. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 895 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 18s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Walter Emery. — Beinecke Library, Yale University (1996 +101).

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 901.


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February 10, 2017

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¶ Caxton — History of Godefrey of Boloyne (1893)

Caxton, William, trans. The history of Godefrey of Boloyne. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1893.

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

Provenance: William Morris. — Henry Gamman (purchased August 1897). — Marsden Perry. — C. C. Kalbfleisch. — Lessing J. Rosenwald. — Library of Congress, Rosenwald Collection (D152.G783 1893 copy 2) [gift from Rosenwald].

Reference: Bibliography, A15.

February 10, 2017

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¶ Spirito — Libro de la ventura (1508)

Spirito, Lorenzo. Libro de la ventura. Milan: Zanoto di Castellione for Fratelli Legnano, 23 August 1508.

Provenance: A. F. Didot. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1134 (sold to Leighton for £53). — C. W. Dyson-Perrins. — Lessing J. Rosenwald. — Library of Congress, Rosenwald Collection 762 (GV 1302.S6) [gift of Rosenwald].

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 929 (with two X’s beside the title).


Sotheby 1898:

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February 9, 2017

Comments Off on ¶ Morris — Story of the ere-dwellers (1892)

¶ Morris — Story of the ere-dwellers (1892)

Morris, William, and Eiríkr Magnússon, trans. The story of the ere-dwellers. Saga Library, vol. 2. London: Bernard Quaritch, 1892.

Large paper edition. Inscribed “to Janey from W.M. with best love November 30th 1891.”

Provenance: Morris. — Jane Morris. — May Morris. — Oxford University [bequest of May Morris]. — Society of Antiquaries of London (Kelmscott Manor).

Reference: LeMire, p. 164.

February 9, 2017

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Ruskin — Fors clavigera (1871–83)

Ruskin, John. Fors clavigera: letters to the workmen and labourers of Great Britain. 8 vols. Orpington, Kent: George Allen, 1871–83.

Letters 1–27 (lacking letter 12). Illustrated by Kate Greenaway.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 831 (part; sold to Bumpus for £1 8s.). — Unlocated.


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February 8, 2017

Comments Off on ¶ Abrahamson — Udvalgte danske viser fra middelalderen (1812–14)

¶ Abrahamson — Udvalgte danske viser fra middelalderen (1812–14)

Abrahamson, W. H. F., ed. Udvalgte danske viser fra middelalderen. 5 vols. in 2. Copenhagen: J. F. Schultz, 1812–14.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1020 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for 15s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 269.


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February 8, 2017

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Thorláksson — Ólafs saga Tryggvasonar (1689–90)

Thorláksson, Thórðr, ed. Ólafs saga Tryggvasonar. 2 vols. in 1. [Skálholt, Iceland]: af Snorrasyne, 1689–1690.

It is not clear whether this book went through the 1898 Sotheby sale.

Provenance: Morris. — Beinecke Library, Yale University (BEIN 1997 319).

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 268 (with three X’s next to it).

February 8, 2017

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¶ Skírnir (1827– )

Skírnir; tídindi hins Ískenzka Bókmentafèlags. Reykjavík : Íslenska Bokmentafélag, 1827– .

Morris owned 1852–1875 (not including 1873).

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 450 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 5s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Unlocated.

Digital version: HathiTrust.


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February 7, 2017

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¶ Sigurðsson — Íslendínga sögur (1848)

Sigurðsson, Jón, and C. C. Rafn, eds. Íslendínga sögur. 2 vols. Copenhagen: S. L. Möllers bogtrykkeri, 1848.

Morris seems not to have owned the final two volumes in the set.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 902.

February 6, 2017

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¶ Quaritch catalogue (1891)

A catalogue of Bibles, liturgies, church history, and theology. London: Bernard Quaritch, 1891.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 872 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for £1). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores Hist. 2 (RMR) ZFGB.B).

Digital version: Internet Archive (Morris copy).


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February 6, 2017

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¶ Bibliotheca hispana (1895)

Bibliotheca hispana: a catalogue of books in Castilian, Catalan, Portuguese, or otherwise of Spanish interest. London: Bernard Quaritch, February 1895.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 872 [?] (part; sold to Henry Wellcome). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores Hist. 2 (RMR) YHH.B.35).

Digital version: Internet Archive (Morris copy).

February 6, 2017

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¶ Fulhame — Essay on combustion (1794)

Fulhame, Mrs. An essay on combustion, with a view to a new art of dying and painting. Wherein the phlogistic and antiphlogistic hypotheses are proven erroneous. London: printed for the author by J. Cooper, 1794.

On creating goldwork cloth.

Provenance: James Louth, Jr. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, unknown lot (sold to Henry Wellcome). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library.

Digital version: Internet Library (Morris copy).

January 27, 2017

Comments Off on ¶ Valturio — De re militari (1532)

¶ Valturio — De re militari (1532)

Valturio, Roberto [Robertus Valturius]. De re militari libri XII. Paris: Chrestien Wechel, 1532

Illustrated. There is an illegible signature of a previous owner, dated 1832, on a flyleaf.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1184 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £5 10s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Boston Public Library (Bowditch Collection, Rare Book Department; not in online catalogue).


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January 27, 2017

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¶ Friemar — Preceptorium Nicolai de lira (1510?)

Friemar, Heinrich von. Preceptorium Nicolai de lira. Paris: Jehan Petit, [c. 1510].

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 627 (sold to Henry Wellcome for 19s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Unlocated.

Digital version: HathiTrust.


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January 27, 2017

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¶ Franciscus, de Retza — Comestorium vitiorum (1470)

Franciscus, de Retza. Comestorium vitiorum. Nuremburg: [Johann Sensenschmidt and Heinrich Kefer, for Heinrich Rumel], 1470.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 983 (sold to Maggs for £8 8s.). — Sir Charles Thomas-Stanford. — Carrie Estelle Doheny. — St. John’s Seminary (Camarillo, Calif.). — Doheny sale, part 1 (Christie), 22 October 1987, lot 50 (sold to H. P. Kraus for $18,000). — H. P. Kraus. — William Scheide. — Princeton University Library (Scheide Library 57.3).

Reference: ISTC (ir00150000).

Digital version: BSB.


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January 26, 2017

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¶ Biblia: Novum Testamentum (1475–77?)

Biblia: Novum Testamentum. [Louvain: Johannes de Westfalia, between 1475 and November 1477.]

With bibliographical note by Sydney Cockerell.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennet. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1077 (sold to Quaritch for £8 10s.). — Bernard Quaritch. — British Library (IA. 49231) [purchased May 1899].

References: BMC, 9:157–58. — ISTC (ib00650500).


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January 26, 2017

Comments Off on ¶ Tartagni — Consiliorum volumen (1477)

¶ Tartagni — Consiliorum volumen (1477)

Tartagni, Alessandro [Alexander Tartagnus]. Consiliorum volumen. Venice: Jacobus Rubeus, 23 December 1477.

With an invoice from G. P. Wakley to Morris for house repairs, 14 December 1894, tipped in.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1150 (sold to Leighton for £1 12s.). — George Dunn. — Chapin Library, Williams College (Inc T20 fffolio).

References: ISTC (it00021000). — MS catalogue (2), no. 348 (with two X’s next to it).

Digital version: BSB.


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January 26, 2017

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¶ Bidpai — Der alten Weisen Exempel Sprüch (1539)

Bidpai. Der alten Weisen Exempel Sprüch. Strassburg: Jakob Frölich, 1539

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 947 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 14s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores EPB / D 860/D ).

Digital copy: Internet Archive (Morris copy).

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 403 (with two X’s next to it).

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January 25, 2017

Comments Off on ¶ Spruner von Merz — Historisch-geographischer Hand-Atlas (1854–55)

¶ Spruner von Merz — Historisch-geographischer Hand-Atlas (1854–55)

Spruner von Merz, Karl. Historisch-geographischer Hand-Atlas. 3 vols. Gotha: J. Perthes, 1854–55.

Morris may have owned only vol. 1 (1855).

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1136 (sold to Henry Wellcome for 11s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Unlocated.


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January 25, 2017

Comments Off on ¶ Solanus — Concordiae pharmacopolarum Barcinonensium (1535)

¶ Solanus — Concordiae pharmacopolarum Barcinonensium (1535)

Solanus, Narcissus, Secundus. Concordiae pharmacopolarum Barcinonensium in medicinis compositis. Barcelona : P. Monpezat, 1535.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Biblioteca de Salva. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1125 (sold to Thomson for £8 5s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores EPB / D 5999/D).


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January 24, 2017

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¶ Vincent, of Beauvais — Speculum historiale (1473)

Vincent, of Beauvais [Vincentius Bellovacensis]. Speculum historiale. Strassburg: Johann Mentelin, [1473].

Provenance: Thomas Brouer. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1192 (sold to Stevens for £36). — New York Public Library (*KB+ 1473 (Vincentius) [acquired December 1898].

Digital version: BSB (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4).


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January 19, 2017

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¶ Haltrich — Deutsche Volksmärchen (1856)

Haltrich, Josef. Deutsche Volksmärchen aus dem Sachsenlande in Siebenbürgen. Berlin: J. Springer, 1856.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 891.

January 19, 2017

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¶ Fornmanna sögur (1825–37)

Fornmanna sögur. 12 vols. Copenhagen: Prentaðar hjá H. F. Popp [etc.], 1825–37.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 842 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £2). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Unlocated.

Digital version: HathiTrust.


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January 19, 2017

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¶ Egilsson — Odysseifs-kvæði (1853)

Egilsson, Sveinbjörn, trans. Odysseifs-kvæði. 2 vols. Copenhagen: Mölle, 1853.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 448 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for 6s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. —Unlocated.


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January 18, 2017

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¶ Etoffes (n.d.)

Etoffes: extrait de l’art pour tous. Paris: Morel, n.d.

Illustrated: 65 plates in a portfolio.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 517 (sold to Henry Wellcome for 6s.).— Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 341.


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January 18, 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.

Presentation copy to Jane Morris.

Provenance: Morris. — Jane Morris. — May Morris. — Mary Lobb. — Lobb sale 2, lot 479 (part; bought in for £12 10s.). — Unlocated.

Reference: Bibliography, A6.

January 18, 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.

Vellum copy. Morris signature and book label.

Provenance: Morris. — Frederick R. Evans. — Lessing J. Rosenwald. — Library of Congress (PR5079.D8 1892, copy 2) [gift from Rosenwald].

Reference: Bibliography, A6.

January 18, 2017

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¶ Melstað — Nýja sagan (1868–83)

Melstað, Páll. Nýja sagan. 2 vols. Reykjavik: 1868–83.

Morris appears to have owned an incomplete set.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 447 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for 18s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Unlocated.


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January 18, 2017

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¶ Ovid — Heroides sive epistolae (1636)

Ovid [Publius Ovidius Naso]. Heroides sive epistolae. Milan: Vincenzo Meda for Baldassarre Tradate, 1636.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 704 (sold to Breslauer for 12s.). — Unlocated.


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January 17, 2017

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¶ Sacro Bosco — Sphaera mundi (1490)

Sacro Bosco, Joannes de. Sphaera mundi. Venice: [Bonetus Locatellus], for Octavianus Scotus, 4 October 1490.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (ChL946).

References: ISTC (ij00409000). — Morgan Catalogue 2, no. 347.

Digital version: BSB.

January 17, 2017

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¶ St. Antoninus — Confessionale (1472)

Antoninus, Saint [Antoninus Florentinus]. Confessionale: Curam illius habe. Bologna: [Balthasar Azoguidus], 1472

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (ChL1195).

References: ISTC (ia00782000). — Morgan Catalogue 2, no. 448.

January 17, 2017

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¶ Antiquarisk tidsskrift

Antiquarisk tidsskrift. Copenhagen: J. D. Qvist.

Journal. Morris owned the volumes for 1843–60.

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


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