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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September 25, 2017

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¶ Aristotle — Liber ethicorum, politica, rethorica, magna moralia (13th–14th centuries) [MS]

Aristotle. Ethicorum, politica, rethorica, magna moralia.

Illuminated manuscript. France, 13th–14th centuries. 190 leaves.

Provenance: Edwin Henry Lawrence. — Lawrence sale, Sotheby, 9 May 1892, lot 16. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 134 (sold to Quaritch for £26). — Charles Fairfax Murray. — Fitzwilliam Museum (MS. CFM 14) [gift from Fairfax Murray, 1904].

References: Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_24118). — Wormald, 1:24–25.


Sotheby 1898:

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September 25, 2017

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¶ Palmieri — Liber de temporibus (1469) [MS]

Palmieri, Matteo (Matheus Palmerius). Liber de temporibus.

Illuminated manuscript. Italy, probably Florence, 1469. 100 leaves.

With loosely inserted notes by Crawford and Sydney Cockerell.

Provenance: Guglielmo Libri. — Libri sale, Sotheby, 11 August 1859, lot 1926. — W. H. Crawford. — Crawford sale, Sotheby, 20 March 1891, lot 2330 (sold to Leighton). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 930 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £7). — Wellcome Library (MS.591 ).

Reference: Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_6897).

Digital version: Wellcome Library.

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Sotheby 1898:

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September 25, 2017

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¶ Lactantius — Divinae institutiones (15th century) [MS]

Lactantius. Divinae institutiones adversus gentes.

Illuminated manuscript. Italy (perhaps Venice), mid-fifteenth century. 297 leaves.

With bibliographical notes by Sydney Cockerell.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 745 (sold to Yates Thompson for £19). — Henry Yates Thompson. — Sydney Cockerell (purchased 3 January 1901 for Boston Public Library). — Boston Public Library (RARE BKS Ms. Med. 14 FOLIO).

References: de Ricci, 1:920, no. 14. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_11486).


Sotheby 1898:

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September 25, 2017

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¶ St. Paul — Epistles (11th century?)

Paul, Saint. Epistles.

Illuminated manuscript. 11th century? 164 leaves.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 513 (sold to Quaritch for £23). — Laurence Hodson. — Hodson sale, Sotheby, 3 December 1906, lot 188 (sold to Cockerell for £33). — Sydney Cockerell. — Unlocated.

Reference: Schoenberg (SDBM_40006).


Sotheby 1898:

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September 18, 2017

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¶ Antiphonarium (1295) [MS]

Antiphonarium.

Illuminated manuscript. Piacenza, Italy, 1295. 273 leaves.

Provenance: Signed 1462 by “Frater Johannes Wasserpoliz de Hylaria.” — Howel Wills. — Wills sale, Sotheby, 11 July 1894, lot 237. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 124 (sold to J. Maine (?) for £18 5s.). — George Dunn (acquired January 1899). — Dunn sale, Sotheby, 22 November 1917, lot 1801) [sold to Quaritch on behalf of the British Museum for £38]. — British Library (Egerton MS 2977).

Reference: Schoenberg (SDBM_210241; SDBM_40001; SDBM_39987).

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British Library


Sotheby 1898:

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September 18, 2017

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¶ Steinfeld missal (c. 1180) [MS]

Steinfeld missal.

Illuminated manuscript. North Germany, c. 1180 (with some leaves added c. 1440). 144 leaves.

Provenance: Steinfeld Abbey (formerly St. Mary Abbey Premonstratensian), Steinfeld, Germany. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1070 (sold to Quaritch for £95). — Charles Fairfax Murray. — C. W. Dyson Perrins. — Perrins sale, Sotheby, 1 December 1959, part 2, lot 57 (sold for £25,200). — Peter Ludwig. — Getty Museum (MS. Ludwig V4) [acquired 1983].

Reference: Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_1958).

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Getty Museum


Sotheby 1898:

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September 15, 2017

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¶ Federigo da Venezia — Commentary on the Apocalypse (late 14th century) [MS]

Federigo da Venezia. Commentary on the Apocalypse.

Illuminated manuscript. Venice, late 14th century. 168 leaves.

Provenance: Convent San Pietro, Padua. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 126 (sold to Bain for £40). — Hoepli catalogue, 1937. — W. S. Kundig catalogue 95, 23 June 1948, no. 9. — Parke-Bernet, 29 November 1948, lot 327. — Sotheby, 4 April 1949, lot 192. — William A. Foyle. — Foyle sale, Christie, part 1, 11 July 2000, lot 23. — Librairie Thomas-Scheler, December 2001, no. 1. — Jörn Günther Rare Books catalogue, 2003, no. 10. — Librairie Thomas-Scheler (New York Antiquarian Book Fair), 20 April 2006, no. 16. — Jörn Günther Rare Books catalogue 10, 2011, no. 16 (350,00 Swiss francs). — Jörn Günther Rare Books catalogue 12, 2011, no. 6 (412,500 Swiss francs). — Unlocated.

Reference: Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_2220).


Sotheby 1898:

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September 15, 2017

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¶ Bible (c. 1250) [MS]

Bible.

Illuminated manuscript. Northern French, c. 1250. 480 leaves

Provenance: Percy Smythe, Lord Strangford. — Smythe sale, Sotheby, 12 August 1831, lot 460. — Edward Hailstone. — Hailstone sale, Sotheby, 23 April 1891, lot 343. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 86 (sold to Pickering for £91). — Laurence W. Hodson. — Hodson sale, Sotheby, 3 December 1906, lot 46 (sold to Quaritch for £235). — Quaritch catalogue 259, November 1907, no. 2. — C. W. Dyson Perrins. — Dyson Perrins sale, Sotheby, 1 December 1959, lot 60. — John Roland Abbey. — Abbey sale, Sotheby, 1 December 1970, lot 2866. — Quaritch catalogue 933, 11 June 1973, no. 26 (£14,000). — Van Gendt, 20 March 1978, lot 1730. — Sotheby, 1 December 1987, lot 28 (sold for £170, 595). — Eric Korner. — Korner sale, Sotheby, 19 June 1990, lot 81. — Jörn Günther Rare Books, 1997, lot 2. — Unlocated.

Reference: Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_430).


Sotheby 1898:

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September 13, 2017

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¶ Bämler — two miniatures (1457)

Bämler, Johann. [Two miniatures.]

A bifolio from an unidentified manuscript: the crucifixion, and St. Leonard. Germany, 1457. (Bämler’s name and the date are on one of the leaves.)

Provenance: John Piggott. — Quaritch general catalogue, 1874, no. 48. — Quaritch catalogue 369, 1886, no. 35777. — Morris (purchased from Quaritch in 1895). — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.45).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1373–74, no. 45. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 105.

Images: Morgan Library.

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Morgan Library

September 12, 2017

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¶ Book of Kings (1200–1225) [MS]

Book of Kings (Bible) with commentary.

Illuminated manuscript. Northern France, between 1200 and 1225. 274 leaves.

Provenance: Pope Alexander VII. — Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex. — Duke of Sussex sale, Evans, 31 July 1844, lot 452. — William Stuart. — Stuart sale, Christie, 6 March 1895, lot 146. — Morris. — Sotheby 1898, lot 167 (sold to Quaritch for £31). — Henry W. Poor. — Poor sale, Anderson Galleries, 17 November 1908, part 1, lot 797 (sold for $141). — Walter Thomas Wallace. — Wallace sale, American Art, 22 March 1920, lot 921. — Edwin R. Cole. — Cole sale, Parke-Bernet, 26 November 1941, lot 357. — John M. Crawford. — Morgan Library (MSM.968) [gift from Crawford, 1975].

References: Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_2356).


Sotheby 1898:

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September 12, 2017

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¶ Onasander — De optimo imperatore (c.1490) [MS]

Onasander. De optimo imperatore.

Illuminated manuscript. Naples, c. 1490. 69 leaves.

Provenance: William Bragge. — Bragge sale, Sotheby, 7 June 1876, lot 299 (sold for £22 to J. Molini). — J. Molini. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 694 (sold to Quaritch for £23). — Robert Hoe. — Hoe sale, Anderson Galleries, 24 April 1911, lot 2159 (sold for $600 to J. Martini). — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.449).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1451, no. 449. — Needham, Paul. Twelve Centuries of Bookbindings: 400–1600. New York and London: Pierpont Morgan Library and Oxford University Press, 1979. (See no. 28.) — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_6004).

Images: Morgan Library.

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Morgan Library


Sotheby 1898:

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September 12, 2017

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¶ Giovanni, da Udine — Compilatio historiarum (c. 1476) [MS]

Giovanni, da Udine. Compilatio historiarum.

Illuminated manuscript.. Basel, c. 1476. 22 leaves.

Bound with 257 proofs (33 leaves) of the woodcuts used in Spiegel der Menschlichen Behaeltniss (Basel: Bernhart Richel, 31 August 1476).

Provenance: Cardinal Loménie de Brienne. — Loménie de Brienne sale, de Bure (Paris), 12 March 1792, part 1, lot 4 (sold to Belin). — Theophile Belin. — Marquess of Blandford. — Blandford sale (Bibliotheca Blandfordiensis), 1813, part 1, p. 4. — Frederick Perkins. — Perkins sale, Sotheby, 10 July 1889, lot 1002 (sold to Quaritch). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.158) [the manuscript]. — Morgan Library (MS M.158) [the proofs].

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1395–96, no. 158. — Ellis valuation, fol. 4b, no. 45 (£100). — Morgan Catalogue 1, no. 224. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_14355).

Images: Morgan Library.

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Morgan Library

September 11, 2017

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¶ Psalter and book of hours (c. 1265) [MS]

Psalter [and] book of hours.

Illuminated manuscript. France, probably Thérouanne, c. 1265 and 15th century. 258 leaves.

Provenance: P. Vande Camée. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.97).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1384, no. 97. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 28. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_14305).

Images: Morgan Library.

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Morgan Library

 

September 11, 2017

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Bible.

Illuminated manuscript. 3 vols. France, late 13th century. 224 + 216 + 233 leaves.

Provenance: Morris (purchased from Leighton, December 1895). — Richard Bennett. — [We believe this passed through the Sotheby 1898 sale, probably bought by Pickering & Chatto, but so far we have been unable to identify it there.] — Pickering & Chatto (sold to J. Pierpont Morgan, 1 July 1901, for £1,200). — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.109–11) [gift from Morgan, 1924].

References: Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1387, nos. 109–11 — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_9293).

September 11, 2017

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¶ Pontifical (c. 1260–1270) [MS]

Pontifical.

Illuminated manuscript. Rome, c. 1260–1270. 226 leaves.

Provenance: Morris. — Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 696 (sold to Deacon for £30). — Laurence W. Hodson. — Hodson sale, 3 December 1906, lot 468. — John Gribbel. — Gribbel sale, Parke-Bernet (New York), 31 October 1940, lot 458 (sold to John A. Saks). — John A. Saks. — Morgan Library (MS M.976) [gift from Saks, 1977].

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_2363).

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September 11, 2017

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¶ Book of hours (c. 1405–1415) [MS]

Book of hours.

Illuminated manuscript. Gloucester, c. 1405–1415. 188 leaves.

Provenance: Lady Teynham. — Thomas Barrett Lennard, Baron Dacre (gift from Lady Teynham). —  Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.99).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1384, no. 99. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 95. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_10296).

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Morgan Library

September 11, 2017

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¶ Book of hours (c. 1300) [MS]

Book of hours

Illuminated manuscript. France, possibly Thérouanne, c. 1300. 66 leaves.

Provenance: Anne and Françoise de Saligny. — Jaques Rosenthal. — Potier catalogue, 22 March 1869, no. 35 (500 francs). — Labitte catalogue, 21 March 1881, no. 62 (555 francs). — Em. Paul, L. Huard et Guillemin catalogue, 23 March 1887, no. 8. — Edwin H. Lawrence. — Lawrence sale, Sotheby, 9 May 1892, lot 286. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.60).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1377. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 31. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_10163).

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Morgan Library

September 11, 2017

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¶ Psalter (c. 1255–1256) [MS]

Psalter.

Illuminated manuscript. Bruges, Belgium, c. 1255–1256. 165 leaves.

Provenance: Perhaps the Convent of the Poor Clares in Bruges (Abbaye des Clarisses). — Henry Gee Barnard. — Morris (purchased from Ellis & Elvey, 2 October 1895). — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.106).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1386, no. 106. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 26. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_14293).

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Morgan Library

September 8, 2017

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¶ Vescy psalter (c. 1290–300) [MS]

Vescy psalter.

Illuminated manuscript. England, possibly London, between 1290 and 1300. 206 leaves.

With note by Morris: “Though this book is without figure-work, the extraordinary beauty and invention of the ornament make it most interesting; and the said ornament is thoroughly characteristic of English work: the bold folded-over leaf in the great B on the first page of the text is an undeniable token of an English hand. The great thickness of the black boundary lines is worth noting, and no doubt is the main element in producing the effect of the colour, which is unusual. The beauty of the simple blue and gold Calendar will scarcely be missed by any one taking up the book.”

Note by Cockerell: “The book has been cut down by the brutality of an eighteenth-century binder, so that some of the ornament, especially on the first page, has been sheared off.”

Provenance: William Baron de Vescy. — Lady Sara Ufford (Vescy’s daughter). — John Giffarde. — Robert Hare. — Quaritch. — Morris (purchased from Quaritch, 1892). — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.100).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1385, no. 100. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 18. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_14334)

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Morgan Library

September 8, 2017

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¶ Psalter (c. 1270s) [MS]

Psalter (the Beauvais psalter).

Illuminated manuscript. France, probably Paris or Beauvais, c. 1270s. 280 leaves.

The following note by Morris is tipped in on a flyleaf : “The calendar is exceedingly handsome from its wealth of gold; the roundels are very good. These ten leaves of designs, clearly done by a different hand from the other figure-work, are of the best French work, at once elegant and serious. The historiated letters are clear and bright in colour, which tends towards the English in character, the figures large in scale for their spaces, and quite firmly drawn; there is a particular charm about these letters, which take up a good space on the page. The ordinary illuminated letters are by his hands at least; the best of which is very happy; another is a little shaky in his outlines, but his colour very beautiful: these letters have suffered from the tarnishing of the white lead, which is not used in the historiated ones. The writing throughout the book is big, and bold, and as good as can be.”

Provenance: Henry G. Barnard. — Ellis & Elvey (sold to Morris for £375 in December 1895). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.101).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1385, no. 100. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 20. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_14288). — WMAB, p. 102.

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Morgan Library

 

September 8, 2017

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Psalter (13th century) [MS]

Psalter.

Illuminated manuscript. Beauvais or Paris, 13th century. 164 leaves.

Tipped in note by Morris: “This book has a complete and satisfactory scheme of ornament, which is nowhere departed from, and the colour of which is thoroughly harmonious. Many of the dragon-scrolls end in daintily painted little heads, drawn with much expression and sense of fun; and the hair of them beautifully designed, and drawn very firmly. The figure-work in the eight historiated letters is everywhere up to the average of its date, but on the first page in the Beatus and symbols of the Evangelists goes a good deal beyond that. Altogether an admirable specimen of the work of the later thirteenth century.”

Provenance: William Bragge. — Bragge sale, Sotheby, 7 June 1876, lot 368 (sold to S. Addington). — S. Addington. — Addington sale, Sotheby, 25 April 1886, lot 462 (sold to Ellis). — Charles Fairfax Murray (purchased from Ellis, 10 June 1888). — Charles Butler. — Morris (purchased from Butler, probably before 1894). — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.98).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1384, no. 98. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 23. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_8188).

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Morgan Library

September 8, 2017

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¶ Breviary (c. 1350) [MS]

Breviary.

Illuminated manuscript. Paris, c. 1350. 590 leaves.

Provenance: Edwin H. Lawrence. — Lawrence sale, Sotheby, 9 May 1892, lot 88 (sold to Quaritch). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.75).

Reference: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1380, no. 75. —Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 12. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_11362).

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Morgan Library

September 8, 2017

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¶ Psalter (late 13th century) [MS]

Psalter.

Illuminated manuscript. France, possibly Saint-Omer, late 13th century. 190 leaves.

Provenance: Musée Napoléon. — Jean Paradis. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.79).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1380, no. 79. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 24. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_14292).

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Morgan Library

September 8, 2017

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¶ Book of hours (c. 1420)

Book of hours.

Illuminated manuscript. Belgium, perhaps Bruges, c. 1420. 318 leaves.

Provenance: Morris (purchased in 1895 from Germany). — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.76).

References: de Ricci, 2:1380, no. 76. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 85. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_10306).

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Morgan Library

September 8, 2017

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¶ Worksop bestiary (c. 1185) [MS]

Worksop bestiary

Illuminated manuscript. England, possibly Lincoln or York, c. 1185. 120 leaves.

Cockerell’s diary records the details of his trip to Stuttgart in April 1896 to purchase the bestiary from Rosenthal; it is clear that Morris left it up to Cockerell to negotiate the price. When he returned to England, Cockerell took it immediately to Kelmscott Manor and noted in his diary, 4 May, “F. S. Ellis there & the book voted by everyone a magnificent one. W.M. greatly pleased.”

Provenance: Philip, Canon of Lincoln. — Augustinian Priory of Radford (also called Worksop Priory), Nottinghamshire. — Duke of Hamilton. — Royal Museum of Berlin (privately purchased from Hamilton Collection, 1883). — Sotheby, 23 May 1889, lot 2 (sold to Trübner). — Jacques Rosenthal (dealer, Munich). — Morris (purchased from Rosenthal, 30 April 1896, for £900). — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.81).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1381, no. 81. — Morgan Catalogue, 4, no. 107. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_6054).

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Morgan Library

September 8, 2017

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¶ Windmill psalter (late 13th century) [MS]

Windmill psalter.

Illuminated manuscript. England, possibly London, late 13th century. 167 leaves.

With the following note by Sydney Cockerell: “This was the last book bought by William Morris. He already owned 4 leaves of it, and did not know of the existence of the rest until the two portions were exhibited side by side at the rooms of the Society of Antiquaries in June, 1896.” Morris gave the manuscript its name in honor of an image of a windmill that appears in the text. Cockerell recorded in his diary (29 August 1896) that Morris, by now terminally ill, “looked at the Windmill Psalter in the afn. & was pleased with it,” and as Morris approached death, Cockerell, in a letter to Philip Webb (13 September 1896), reported that it was “the one he loves best” (British Library Add. Ms. 52760, fol. 18).

When Morgan acquired the manuscript from Bennett in 1902, it included two letters, one from F. S. Ellis to Lord Aldenham (?), 22 February 1878, and the other from John Ruskin, 30 April 1880.

Provenance: Henry Hucks Gibbs, 1st Baron Aldenham (purchased about 1860). — Morris (purchased from Lord Aldenham, 6 July 1896, for £1,000). — Bennett. — Morgan Library (MS M.102).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1385, no. 102. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 19. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_14335).

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September 7, 2017

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¶ Bible (c. 1260–1270) [MS]

Bible.

Illuminated manuscript. France or England, c. 1260–1270. 411 leaves.

Provenance: Perhaps religious houses in Frome and Edindon. — Thomas Hayward Southby. — Southby sale, Sotheby, 10 December 1890, no. 173 (sold to Quaritch). — Quaritch catalogue 118, 1 December 1891, no. 86. — Quaritch catalogue 138, 1893, no. 18 (£70). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.138).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1392, no. 138. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 3. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_7351).

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September 7, 2017

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¶ Manuale Augustini (1462) [MS]

Manuale Augustini.

Illuminated manuscript. Italy, 1462. 53 leaves.

Provenance: Charles-Adrien Picard. — Marquis de Migieu. — Migieu sale, 1760, no. 157. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.154).

References: Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:395, no. 154. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 99. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_14427).

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September 7, 2017

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¶ Columella — De re rustica (1469) [MS]

Columella, Lucius Junius Moderatus. De re rustica.

Illuminated manuscript. Italy, probably Milan, 1469. 185 leaves.

Provenance: Del Carretto family. — The Sandri, counts of Monbasilio. — Duke of Hamilton. — Royal Museum of Berlin (purchased privately from the Hamilton Collection, 1883). — Hamilton sale, Sotheby, 23 May 1889, lot 50 (sold to Butler?). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.139).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1392, no. 139. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 109. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_6071).

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September 7, 2017

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¶ Book of hours (c. 1375) [MS]

Book of hours.

Illuminated manuscript. France, perhaps Verdun and Paris, c. 1375. 229 leaves.

Provenance: George J. R. Gordon. — Quaritch general catalogue, 1875–77, no. 5234. — Quaritch general catalogue, 1880, no. 50. — Quaritch catalogue 332, 1880, no. 39. — Quaritch general catalogue, VIII, 1884, no. 17381. — Quaritch catalogue 369, 1886, no. 35712. — Quaritch catalogue 93, 1888, no. 206. — Quaritch catalogue 118, 1890, no. 528. — Quaritch catalogue 138, December 1893, no. 93 (£84). — Morris (purchased 22 April 1895). — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.90).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1383, no. 90. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 68. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_7316).

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September 6, 2017

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¶ Psalter (c. 1250) [MS]

Psalter

Illuminated manuscript. Reading, England, c. 1250. 169 leaves.

Occasionally referred to as the Nottingham psalter (where it was once thought to have been created). Sydney Cockerell, while cataloguing Morris’s library, commented in his diary, 14 February 1894, on “the beautiful ‘Nottingham’ Psalter.” The following day he noted, “Stayed at K.H. [Kelmscott House] till 7.30 absorbed in the wonderful 13th century Psalters.”

Provenance: Benedictine Abbey of Reading. — Mareschal family. — Various other early owners (see list in Morgan catalogue). — Thomas Bateman. — William Bateman. — Bateman sale, Sotheby, 25 May 1892, lot 1412 (sold to Quaritch). — Morris (purchased by early 1894). — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.103).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1385, no. 103. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 17. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_10741).

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September 6, 2017

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¶ Huntingfield psalter (c. 1212–1220) [MS]

Huntingfield psalter.

Illuminated manuscript. Oxford, c. 1212–1220. 165 leaves.

Sydney Cockerell’s diary, 2 May 1895: “W.M. went up to Quaritch’s with Mr Ellis, to buy the Huntingfield Psalter.”

Provenance: Lucia and Rogerus de Huntingfeld. — Brudenell family. — Quaritch catalogue, 1890, no. 6. — Quaritch catalogue 103, 1890, no. 82. — Quaritch catalogue 118, 1 December 1891, no. 813. — Quaritch catalogue 138, December 1893, no. 11. — Morris (purchased from Quaritch, 2 May 1895). — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.43).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1373, no. 43. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 16. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_7349).

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September 6, 2017

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¶ Psalter (c. 1290–1305) [MS]

Psalter.

Illuminated manuscript. Liège, Belgium, c. 1290–1305. 168 leaves.

Provenance: Margaret des Pres. — Manuel John Johnson. — Johnson sale, Sotheby, 27 May 1862, lot 52 (sold to Edwin H. Lawrence). — Edwin H. Lawrence. — Lawrence sale, London, 1892, lot 534 (sold to Quaritch). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.155).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1395, no. 155. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 29. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_6708).

September 6, 2017

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¶ Tiptoft missal (c. 1320) [MS]

Tiptoft missal.

Illuminated manuscript. England, perhaps Cambridge, c. 1320. 360 leaves.

Morris took an intense interest in this lavishly ornamented manuscript. Sydney Cockerell recorded in his diary, 9 May 1895, that Morris was examining it at Kelmscott House and noted that it has “an illuminated border to every page.” On 13 June Cockerell went to the British Museum “to look up Tiptoft pedigree.”

Provenance: John Fitz-Roger Clavering and his wife Hawse Tiptoft. — Henry Somerset, 2nd Duke of Beaufort. — Sotheby, 13 May 1895 (sold to Morris). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.107).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1386, no. 107. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 8. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_14314).

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September 6, 2017

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Guillaume, de Lorris — Roman de la rose (c. 1380) [MS]

Guillaume, de Lorris, and Jean Meun. Roman de la rose.

Illuminated manuscript. Paris, c. 1380. 189 leaves.

Morris showed the manuscript to friends at dinner on 4 July 1895 (Cockerell diary).

Provenance: Iohannes Marous (Jean Marot?). — Pierre Vischer (purchased in 1773). — Baron de Neubourg. — de Neubourg sale, Merlin (Paris), 4 November 1839, lot 591. — G. Libri. — Libri sale, Victor Tilliard (Paris), 12 April 1855, lot 1815. — Ambroise Firmin-Didot. — Firmin-Didot sale, Hôtel Drouot (Paris), 6 July 1878, lot 34 (sold to Quaritch). — Quaritch catalogue, December 1878, no. 9. — Quaritch catalogue, 1880, no. 15265. — Quaritch catalogue 332, November 1880, no. 32. — Quaritch catalogue, 27 February 1882, lot 49. — Quaritch catalogue 369, 1886, no. 35709. — Quaritch catalogue 103, 1890, no. 361. — Quaritch catalogue 138, December 1893, no. 42 (sold to Morris, 20 June 1895). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.132).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan). — Curatorial description (Morgan). — de Ricci, 2:1391, no. 132. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 112. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_7313).

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September 5, 2017

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¶ St. Catherine of Siena — Orchard of Syon (c. 1470) [MS]

Catherine of Siena, Saint. The orchard of Syon.

Illuminated manuscript. England, c. 1470. 186 leaves.

Provenance: John Crosse. — W. Mutlowe. — Joseph Ames. — Ames sale, Abraham Langford (London), 5 May 1760, lot 342 (sold to Richard How). — Richard How. — How sale, London, 3 March 1890, no. 1317 (sold to Quaritch). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.162).

References: Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1396, no. 162. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 98. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_10136).

September 5, 2017

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¶ Aldobrandino, da Siena — Le régime du corps [MS]

Aldobrandino, da Siena. Le régime du corps.

Illuminated manuscript. France, perhaps Rouen, c. 1440-1450. 129 leaves.

Provenance: Thwayte (16th century). — English bookseller’s catalogue (Ellis?), no. 48. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.165).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1397, no. 165. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 108. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_10069).

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September 5, 2017

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¶ Psalter (1490–1500) [MS]

Psalter (Psalterium maius Beatae Mariae Virginis)

Illuminated manuscript. France, 1490–1500. 89 leaves.

Provenance: Edwin Henry Lawrence. — Lawrence sale, Sotheby, 9 May 1892, lot 69 (sold to Quaritch). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.186).

References: Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1401, no. 186. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 96. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_11361).

September 5, 2017

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¶ Breviary (14th century) [MS]

Breviary.

Illuminated manuscript. Probably Taranto, between 1350 and 1400. 491 leaves.

Provenance: James T. Gibson Craig (purchased in Rome, 18 January 1872). — Craig sale, part 1, Sotheby, 27 June 1887, lot 380 (sold to Leighton). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.200).

References: Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1403, no. 200. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 15. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_14237).

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September 4, 2017

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¶ Gratianus — Decretum (1280s) [MS]

Gratianus. Decretum.

Illuminated manuscript. Hainaut, Belgium, 1280s. 354 leaves.

Morris signature (Folkestone, 26 June 1896).

Provenance: Pedro Álvarez de Osorio (later Moscoso), Marqués de Astorga (?). — José Maria Osorio de Moscoso y Carvajal-Vargas. — de Moscoso y Carvajal-Vargas sale, Paris, 7 May 1870, lot 14. — Ambroise Firmin-Didot. — Firmin-Didot sale, Hotel Drouot/Pawlowski, 26 May 1879, lot 38 (sold to Fontaine for F. Liechtenstein, Bibliothek). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 558 (sold to Quaritch for £255). — Laurence W. Hodson. — Hodson sale, Sotheby, 4 December 1906, lot 275 (sold to Quaritch for £440). — Quaritch catalogue, October 1908, no. 415 (£650). — Henry Walters. — Walters Art Museum (Walters MS W.133) [by bequest from Henry Walters, 1931].

References: de Ricci, 1:825, no. 407. — Schoenberg (SDBM_196567).

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September 4, 2017

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¶ de Capua — Saint Catherine (c. 1470)

de Capua, Raimondo. Legend of Saint Catherine of Siena.

Illuminated manuscript. Italy, c. 1470. 235 leaves.

Provenance: Dukes of Gonzaga, Mantua. — Museo Cavaleri, Milan. — Fratelli Dumolard (publishers), Milan. — Pietro Vergani, Milan (bookseller). — Charles Butler. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 345 (sold to Bernard Quaritch for £149). — Laurence Hodson. — Hodson sale, Sotheby, 3 December 1906, lot 109 (sold to Quaritch for £240). — Leo S. Olschki catalogue 74 (1910), no. 13.— Henry Walters (after 1912). — Walters Art Museum (W.350) [by bequest from Henry Walters].

References: de Ricci, 1:822, no. 392. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_3972).

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September 1, 2017

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¶ Book of hours (13th century) [MS]

Book of hours

Illuminated manuscript. Paris, 1230s. 140 leaves.

Provenance: Léon Gruel. — Gruel sale, Durel, 6 June 1891, lot 1. — Morris (purchased August 1895). — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.92).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1383, no. 92. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 74. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_10162).

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September 1, 2017

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¶ Josephus — Antiquitates Judaicae (13th century)

Josephus, Flavius. Antiquitates Judaicae.

Illuminated manuscript. 2 vols. Dijon, late 13th century. 178 + 170 leaves.

Provenance: Carthusian monastery, Dijon. — Alexander Hamilton Douglas, Duke of Hamilton. — Royal Museum of Berlin (privately purchased 1883). — Sotheby, 23 May 1889, lot 8 (sold to Rev. John Cohen Jackson for £150). — Jackson. — Jackson sale, Sotheby, 13 December 1895, lot 264 (sold to Bernard Quaritch for $200). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 732 (sold to Bernard Quaritch for £300). — Richard Hoe. — Hoe sale, Anderson Galleries, 24 April 1911, lot 2145 (sold to Quaritch for $2,900). — Olschki (dealer). — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.533 and MS M.534) [donated by J. Pierpont Morgan in 1924].

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1467, nos. 533–54. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_22410).

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September 1, 2017

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¶ Psalter/hours [MS]

Psalter [and] hours.

Illuminated manuscript. Paris, 1228–1234. 241 leaves.

Provenance: Restwold family of Berkshire. — Henry Farrington. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.153).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1395, no. 153. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 21. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_14287).

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September 1, 2017

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¶ Psalter/hours (c. 1280s) [MS]

Psalter [and] hours.

Illuminated manuscript. Liège, Belgium, c. 1280s. 298 leaves.

Provenance: Peter van den Hove of Brabant. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.183).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1400, no. 183. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 27. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_14306).

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August 31, 2017

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¶ Aristotle — Nicomachean ethics (15th century) [MS]

Aristotle. Nicomachean ethics.

Illuminated manuscript. Fifteenth century. 152 leaves.

Bibliographical note by Sydney Cockerell.

Provenance: John A. Wigan. — Philip Augustus Hanrott. — Hanrott sale, Evans, 16 July 1833, lot 1418 (sold to Henry G. Bohn for £1 19s.). — Henry G. Bohn. — Bohn sale, Sotheby, 9 May 1870, lot 8819 (sold to Bernard Quaritch). — Quaritch. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 71 (sold to Leighton for £7 5s.). — Preston A. Perry. — Perry sale, Anderson Galleries, 21 April 1908, lot 271 (sold to Charles Eliot Norton). — Charles Eliot Norton. — Houghton Library, Harvard University (MS. Lat. 266) [purchased by Friends of Library, 1908].

References: de Ricci, 1:999, Norton 2008. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_3920).

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August 22, 2017

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¶ Saga pess haloflega Herra Olafs Tryggvasonar (1689–90)

Saga pess haloflega Herra Olafs Tryggvasonar Noregs Kongs. 2 vols. Skálholt, Iceland: H. Kruse, 1689–90.

The publication date in the Sotheby catalogue (1739) is an apparent error.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 901 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £3 10s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Unlocated.


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August 4, 2017

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¶ Guðmundsson — Islendínga sögur (1829–3)

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

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

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 884.


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August 3, 2017

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¶ Catalogue of Bibles (1891)

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

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

Digital version: Wellcome Library (Morris copy).

July 25, 2017

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¶ Psalterium aureum (12th century) [MS]

Psalterium aureum (the golden psalter).

Illuminated manuscript. St. Albans, mid-twelfth century. 193 leaves.

Bound into the beginning of the volume is a long note by Sydney Cockerell, of which the following is an excerpt: “After being undisturbed for sixty years it was lot 978 in the Phillipps sale at Sotheby’s June 1896. I urged William Morris to give Quaritch a commission, but the book was then in a very crumpled state, in a russia binding, and he preferred to concentrate on a Hagesippus in a fine Winchester binding of the 12th century, now no. 51 in Mr Yates Thompson’s collection, which he obtained for the absurdly low price of £13. 10. Quaritch bought this Psalter for £34 and I got him to send it to Morris at Folkestone with a Gratiani decretum, the prices for these mss. being £60 and £180 respectively. Morris received them on June 22 1896 and wrote to me on June 24 that he would keep them, but asked me to get a reduction from Q. I saw Q. the next day and he agreed to take £225 for the two MSS., which makes the price of this book, forthwith christened by ‘The Golden Psalter’, £56 5. –

“It was then flattened and rebound by my brother Douglas Cockerell, who was at that time apprentice to Mr T. J. Cobden-Sanderson at the Doves Bindery, 15 Upper Mall, Hammersmith. The oak-boards were from old ship’s timber. The stamps on the white pigskin back were designed by Morris for the special binding of the Kelmscott Press Chaucer. It was finished and brought back to its owner at Kelmscott House . . . on Sept. 11 to his great satisfaction. It was, I believe, the last manuscript that he handled and talked of a day or two before his death, which took place on Oct. 3, 1896. Mr Cobden-Sanderson’s charge was £10. 10. –, bringing the cost to £66. 15. –”

Cockerell adds that he had wanted to buy the Psalter at the 1898 Sotheby sale but could not afford it; hence he advised his friend Lawrence Hodson to purchase it. (Hodson, eleven years later, sold it Cockerell.)

While the book was in his custody, Cockerell arranged for Graily Hewitt to create a replacement for the missing first leaf.

Provenance: Benedictine abbey of St. Albans. — Richard Heber. — Heber sale, Evans, 10 February 1836 (sold to Thomas Thorpe for £5 18s.). — Thomas Thorpe catalogue (Catalogue of Upwards of Fourteen Hundred Manuscripts on Vellum and on Paper), 1836, no. 1084 (£8 8s.). — Sir Thomas Phillipps. — Phillips sale, Sotheby, 10 June 1896, lot 978 (sold to Quaritch for £34). — Quaritch. — Morris (purchased from Quaritch, 22 June 1896). — Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 866 (sold to Quaritch for £97). — Laurence W. Hodson. — Sydney C. Cockerell (purchased privately from Hodson, 27 May 1909, for £150). — Brian S. Cron (gift from Cockerell, 20 December 1956). — British Library (Add MS 81084) [accepted by HM Treasury in lieu of inheritance tax and allocated to the British Library in 2005].

References: Cron, B. S. “The Recent Owners of the Golden Psalter” Private Library 5 (July 1964): 45–46. (Reprinted from Cron, The Recent Owners of the Golden Psalter (London: Merrythought Press, 1963).) — Schoenberg (SDBM_40020).


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