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, on loan to the 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—probably more than a thousand—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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August 25, 2016

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¶ Petrarca — Des remedes (1534)

Petrarca, Francesco. Des remedes de l’une et l’autre fortune. Paris: [Denis Janot] pour Pierre Cousin, 1534.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 943 (sold to Quaritch for £8). — Unlocated.


Sotheby 1898:

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August 25, 2016

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¶ Froissart — Cronycles (1525)

Froissart, Sir John. Here begynneth the thirde and fourthe boke of sir Iohn Froissart of the cronycles of Englande, Fraunce, Spaygne, Portyngale, Scotlande, Bretayne, Flaunders, and other places adioynyng. Trans. Sir John Bourchier, Lord Berners. London: Richard Pinson, 1525.

Illustrated. The Sotheby 1898 description (see below) suggests that Morris’s copy was bound with a later edition of Books 1 and 2 (c. 1563) [ESTC].

Provenance: William H. Crawford. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 535 (sold to Maine for £24). — James W. Ellsworth. — Harold Douthit. — Unlocated.

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 49b (£26). — ESTC (S126450).

Digital version: EEBO.


Sotheby 1898:

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August 24, 2016

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¶ Geiler von Kaysersberg — Die brösamlin doot (1517)

Geiler von Kaysersberg, Johann. Die brösamlin doot. Strasbourg: Johann Grüninger, 1517

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 542 (sold to Quaritch for £6). — Quaritch catalogue 353 (May 1919), no. 124 (£12) [HathiTrust]. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 81 (with two X’s next to it).

Digital version: BSB.


Sotheby 1898:

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August 24, 2016

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¶ Jónsson — Annalar (1774–75)

Jónsson, Björn, and Magnüs Ketilsson. Annalar Biørns a Skardsa sive annales Biörnonis de Skardsa Annalar. 2 vols. in 1. Iceland: E. Hoff, 1774–75.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 62 (sold to Stevens for 10s.). — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 191.


Sotheby 1898:

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August 24, 2016

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¶ Oppianou halieutikōn, Biblia pente (1517)

Oppianou halieutikōn, Biblia pente. Tou autou kynēgetikōn Biblia tessara. Oppiani De piscibus libri V. Eiusdem Ee Venatione libri IIII. Oppiani De piscibus Laurentio Lippio interprete libri V. Venice: [Aldus & A. Asulanus], [1517].

Provenance: William Bury. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 652 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores EPB / A 4493/A )

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 75 (with two X’s next to it).

Digital copy: Internet Archive (Morris copy).


Sotheby 1898:

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August 23, 2016

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¶ St. Augustine — Sermones de tempore (1495)

Augustine, Saint, Bishop of Hippo [Saint Augustinus]. Sermones de tempore. Basel: Johann Amerbach, 1495.

Illustrated. Part of a multi-volume series of Augustine’s sermons (1494–95).

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 150 (sold to Breslauer for 15s.). — Unlocated.

Reference: ISTC (ia01308000).

Digital version: ULD.


Sotheby 1898:

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August 23, 2016

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¶ Hyginus — De mundi et spharae (1502)

Hyginus, C. Julius. De mundi et spherae ac utriusque partium declaratione cum planetis et variis signis historiatis. Venice: J. B. Sessa, 1502.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 492 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £2 10s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores EPB / B 3374/B).

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 70 (with two X’s next to it).

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Sotheby 1898:

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August 22, 2016

Comments Off on ¶ Jacobus, de Theramo — Consolatio peccatorum (1487)

¶ Jacobus, de Theramo — Consolatio peccatorum (1487)

Jacobus, de Theramo. Consolatio peccatorum, seu Processus Belial. Augsburg: Johann Schönsperger, 11 October 1487.

Illustrated. No Morris book label, but it is connected with Morris in the Wellcome catalogue.

Provenance: Frederick North, Earl of Guildford. — Morris. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1160 (sold to Thomson for £13 10s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores EPB Incunabula 4.a.16 (SR)).

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 4b, no. 38 (£4). — ISTC (ij00079000). — Poynter no. 569.


Sotheby 1898:

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August 22, 2016

Comments Off on ¶ Lanzkranna — Himmelstrasse (1484)

¶ Lanzkranna — Himmelstrasse (1484)

Lanzkranna, Stephan. Himmelstrasse. Augsburg: Anton Sorg 23 June 1484.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 600 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £6). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library ( Closed stores EPB Incunabula 3.e.19 (SR)).

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 3b, no. 34 (£6). — ISTC (il00063000). — Poynter, no. 347.

Digital version: BSB.


Sotheby 1898:

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August 19, 2016

Comments Off on ¶ Megenberg — Buch der Natur (1475)

¶ Megenberg — Buch der Natur (1475)

Megenberg, Konrad von. Buch der Natur. Augsburg: Johann Bämler, 30 October [14]75.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Cathedral, Guercensis. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Arnold Arboretum Library, Harvard University (Ka K83.4b 1475) [gift from Morgan, 1926].

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 3b, no. 28 (£20). — ISTC (ic00842000). — Morgan Catalogue 1, no. 135. — Walsh, James E. A Catalogue of the Fifteenth-Century Printed Books in the Harvard University Library. 5 vols. Binghamton, N.Y.: Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies, 1991–97. (See no. 544.)

Digital version: BSB.

August 19, 2016

Comments Off on ¶ Jacobus, de Voragine (1505 and 1516)

¶ Jacobus, de Voragine (1505 and 1516)

Two titles bound together in one volume, both illustrated:

[1] Jacobus, de Voragine. Passionael twinter stuc dat men hiet die guldene legende. Antwerp: Henrick Eckert van Homberch, 1505.

[2] Jacobus, de Voragine. Hier beghint tsomer stuc vanden passionle. Antwerp: Henrick Eckert van Homberch, 1516.


Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1207 (sold to Leighton for £8). — Charles Fairfax Murray. — Murray sale, Christie, 10 December 1917, lot 452. — Maggs catalogue 395 (1920), no. 533 (£85) [Internet Archive]. — Houghton Library, Harvard University (Typ 530.05.466).

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 1b, no. 4 (£8 10s. [?]). — Fairfax Murray Catalogue (German), 2, no. 437.


Sotheby 1898:

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August 17, 2016

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¶ Suhm — Hervararsaga ok Heidrekskongs (1785)

Suhm, Peter Frederik. Hervararsaga ok Heidrekskongs. Copenhagen: Steinius, 1785.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 897 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 8s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Unlocated.


Sotheby 1898:

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August 16, 2016

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¶ Müller — Sagabibliothek (1817–20)

Müller, Peter Erasmus. Sagabibliothek med anmaerkninger og indledende afhandlinger. 3 vols. in 1. Copenhagen: I. F. Schultz, 1817–20.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 835 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for 15s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Unlocated.


Sotheby 1898:

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August 16, 2016

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¶ Unger — Thomas saga erkibyskups (1869)

Unger, Carl Richard. Thomas saga erkibyskups. Christiania: Bentzen, 1869.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1001 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1). — Henry Wellcome. — Unlocated.


Sotheby 1898:

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August 15, 2016

Comments Off on ¶ Ovid — P. Ovidii Nasonis Heroides (1533)

¶ Ovid — P. Ovidii Nasonis Heroides (1533)

Ovid. P. Ovidii Nasonis Heroides. Venice: Joannes Maria Palamides, 5 June 1533.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 925 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £2 2s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Unlocated.


Sotheby 1898:

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August 15, 2016

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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. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1054 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £2 8s.) — Wellcome Library (Closed stores EPB Incunabula 3.b.30 ((SR)).

Reference: ISTC (ij00409000).


Sotheby 1898:

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August 12, 2016

Comments Off on ¶ Guillaume de Lorris — Le romant de la rose (1526)

¶ Guillaume de Lorris — Le romant de la rose (1526)

Guillaume de Lorris. Le romant de la rose. Ed. Clément Marot. Paris: vend Jean Petit, [1526].

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 987 (sold to Breslauer for £20). — Unlocated.


Sotheby 1898:

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August 12, 2016

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¶ Polybius — Les cinq premiers livres des histoires (1558)

Polybius. Les cinq premiers livres des histoires. Trans. Louis Maigret. Lyon: Jan de Tournes, 1558.

Provenance: Edward Craven Hawtrey. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 965 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1). — Henry Wellcome. — George Amos Poole. — Lilly Library, Indiana University (PA4392.F7 M3 1558).


Sotheby 1898:

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August 12, 2016

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¶ Mirandula — Viridarium illustrium poetarum (1512)

Mirandula, Octavianus. Viridarium illustrium poetarum. Lyons: Gilbertum de Villiers, 12 January 1512.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1037 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £3). — Henry Wellcome. — Unlocated.


Sotheby 1898:

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August 12, 2016

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¶ Vitaspatrum (1511)

Vitaspatrum eñ is ghenoemt dat vader boeck. Leyden: Jan Seversz, 1511.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 595 (sold to Maine for £15 10s.). — Houghton Library, Harvard University (Typ 532.11.871).

Reference: Ellis valuation, fol. 2b, no. 17 (£25).


Sotheby 1898:

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August 11, 2016

Comments Off on ¶ Finsson — Islands landnamabok (1774)

¶ Finsson — Islands landnamabok (1774)

Finsson, Jón, ed. and trans. Islands landnamabok. Copenhagen: A. F. Stein, 1774.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 494 (sold to Henry Wellcome for 2s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores EPB / C 29892/C).


Sotheby 1898:

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August 11, 2016

Comments Off on ¶ Histoire de Huon de Bordeaux (1726)

¶ Histoire de Huon de Bordeaux (1726)

Histoire de Huon de Bordeaux, pair de France, et duc de Guienne. Troyes: Chez la Veuve Garnier, 1726.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 490 (sold to Voynich for 8s.). — Unlocated.


Sotheby 1898:

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August 11, 2016

Comments Off on ¶ Hjaltalin — Orkneyinga saga (1873)

¶ Hjaltalin — Orkneyinga saga (1873)

Hjaltalin, Jon A., and Gilbert Goudie, trans. The Orkneyinga saga. Ed. Joseph Anderson. Edinburgh: Edmonston and Douglas, 1873.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 999 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1). — Henry Wellcome. — English Faculty Library, Oxford University [Turville-Petre Collection TP818].


Sotheby 1898:

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August 9, 2016

Comments Off on ¶ Morris — Tale of the house of the Wolfings (1889)

¶ Morris — Tale of the house of the Wolfings (1889)

Morris, William. A tale of the house of the Wolfings. London: Reeves and Turner, 1889.

Large paper copy. Perhaps a gift from Morris to either his wife or daughter.

Provenance: Morris (?). — Jane Morris (?). — May Morris. — Mary Lobb. — Lobb sale 2, lot 482 (part). — Unlocated.

Reference: LeMire, p. 127.

August 9, 2016

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¶ Morris — Signs of change (1888)

Morris, William. Signs of change: seven lectures delivered on various occasions. London: Reeves & Turner, 1888.

Inscribed copy, presumably to Jane Morris.

Provenance: Morris. — Jane Morris. — May Morris. — Mary Lobb. — Lobb sale 2, lot 482 (part). — Unlocated.

Reference: LeMire, p. 125.

August 8, 2016

Comments Off on ¶ Ovid — Epistole cum commento (1529)

¶ Ovid — Epistole cum commento (1529)

Ovid. Epistole cum commento. Lyon: Jean David impensis Etienne Maillet, 1529.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 705 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 5s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Unlocated.


Sotheby 1898:

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August 8, 2016

Comments Off on ¶ Petrus Comestor — Historia scholastica (1473)

¶ Petrus Comestor — Historia scholastica (1473)

Petrus Comestor. Historia scholastica. [Augsburg]: Günther Zainer, 1473.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 372 (sold to Walker for £4). — Emery Walker. — Brown University Library (1-SIZE 1473 P4).

Reference: ISTC (ip00458000).

Digital version: BSB.


Sotheby 1898:

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August 8, 2016

Comments Off on ¶ Raulin — Itinerarium paradisi (1518)

¶ Raulin — Itinerarium paradisi (1518)

Raulin, Jean [Johannis Raulinus]. Itinerarium paradisi, complectens sermones de penitentia et eius partibus. Paris: Bertoldum Rembolt Jean Petit and André Bocard, 1518.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 878 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1). — Henry Wellcome. — Unlocated.


Sotheby 1898:

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August 8, 2016

Comments Off on ¶ Voltaire — Oeuvres (1833)

¶ Voltaire — Oeuvres (1833)

Voltaire. Oeuvres de Voltaire. 4 vols. Paris: chez Lefèvre, F. Didot frères, 1833.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1039 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 1s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Unlocated.


Sotheby 1898:

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August 5, 2016

Comments Off on ¶ Goldsmith — Poetical works (1870)

¶ Goldsmith — Poetical works (1870)

Goldsmith, Oliver. The poetical works of Oliver Goldsmith. The Aldine edition of the British poets. London: Bell & Daldy, [1870].

Signed “William Morris 5 March 1870.”

Provenance: Morris. — Henry Mond Melchett, 2nd Baron Melchett, and Gwen Melchett. — Dominic Winter auction, 20 July 2016, lot 253. — Doug Nelson (private collector, New Jersey).

August 5, 2016

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¶ Falconer — Poetical works (1870)

Falconer, William. The poetical works of William Falconer. The Aldine edition of the British poets. London: Bell & Daldy, 1870.

Signed “William Morris August 29th 1870.”

Provenance: Morris. — Henry Mond Melchett, 2nd Baron Melchett, and Gwen Melchett. — Dominic Winter auction, 20 July 2016, lot 253. — Doug Nelson (private collector, New Jersey).

August 5, 2016

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¶ Biskupa sögur (1856–58)

Biskupa sögur, gefnar út af Hinu Íslenzka bókmentafèlagi. 6 parts in 2 vols. Copenhagen: S. L. Möller, 1856–58.

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


Sotheby 1898:

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August 4, 2016

Comments Off on ¶ Midoux — Etude sur les filigranes des papiers (1868)

¶ Midoux — Etude sur les filigranes des papiers (1868)

Midoux, Etienne, and Auguste Matton. Etude sur les filigranes des papiers, employés en France aux XIV et XV siecles, accompanée de 600 dessins lithographiés. Paris: Dumoulin et Claudin, 1868.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 640 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £2). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (History of Medicine YHDG.36).


Sotheby 1898:

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August 4, 2016

Comments Off on ¶ Dat boek des hyllighen Evangelii Profecien (1506)

¶ Dat boek des hyllighen Evangelii Profecien (1506)

Dat boek des hyllighen Evangelii Profecien. Lübeck: Dorch dath beveel S. Andes, 1506.

Illustrated.

Provenance: British Museum (deaccessioned as duplicate, 1787). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 521 (sold to Quaritch for £14). — Charles Fairfax Murray. — Murray sale, Christie, 10 December 1917, lot 346. — Unlocated.

Reference: Fairfax Murray Catalogue (German), 2, no. 337.

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August 4, 2016

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¶ St. Augustine — Sermones (1494–95)

Augustine, Saint, Bishop of Hippo [Saint Augustinus]. Sermones. 2 vols. Basel: Johann Amerbach, 1494–95.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 149 (sold to Breslauer for £2 10s.). — Unlocated.

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 5b, no. 59 (£2 5s.). — ISTC (ia01308000).

Digital version: ULD.


Sotheby 1898:

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August 4, 2016

Comments Off on ¶ Johannes de Sancto Laurentio — Postillae evangeliorum (1480)

¶ Johannes de Sancto Laurentio — Postillae evangeliorum (1480)

Johannes de Sancto Laurentio. Postillae evangeliorum dominicalium totius anni et aliquorum festorum. Brussels: [Fratres Vitae Communis], 4 October 1480.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 727 (sold to Quaritch for £4). — Bernard Quaritch. — Gen. Rush C. Hawkins. — John Hay Library, Brown University (494).

Reference: ISTC (ij00433000).


Sotheby 1898:

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August 3, 2016

Comments Off on ¶ Wallis — Examples of the book-binders’ art (1890)

¶ Wallis — Examples of the book-binders’ art (1890)

Wallis, Alfred. Examples of the book-binders’ art of the XVI and XVII centuries, selected chiefly from the royal continental libraries. Exeter: J. G. Commin; London: W. W. Gibbings, 1890.

Illustrated. Wellcome online catalogue: “No William Morris book label but is lot 1209 from the Morris sale catalogue.”

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1209 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £2 2s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores Hist. G. O/S 2 24).


Sotheby 1898:

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August 3, 2016

Comments Off on ¶ Bond — Facsimiles of manuscripts and inscriptions (1873–83)

¶ Bond — Facsimiles of manuscripts and inscriptions (1873–83)

Bond, E. A., and E. M. Thompson, eds. Facsimiles of manuscripts and inscriptions. 3 vols. [London]: printed by William Clowes and Sons for the Palaeographical Society, 1873–83.

Illustrated. Wellcome online catalogue: “No William Morris book label but is lot 929 from the Morris sale catalogue.”

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 929 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £20). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores Hist. G. O/S YHB).


Sotheby 1898:

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August 3, 2016

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¶ Bracciolini — Facetiae (1472?)

Bracciolini, Poggio [Poggius Florentinus]. Facetiae. [Nuremberg: Koberger, 1472?]

Provenance: Quaritch catalogue, 31 March 1890 (£4 4s.) — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (ChL404).

References: ISTC (ip00856000). — Morgan Catalogue 1, no. 176.

Digital version: BSB.

August 3, 2016

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¶ Firdausi — Sháh námeh (1832)

Firdausi. The Sháh námeh of the Persian poet Firdausí. Trans. James Atkinson. London: John Murray for the Oriental Translation Fund of Great Britain and Ireland, 1832.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 407 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for 10s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Unlocated.


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August 1, 2016

Comments Off on ¶ Maximus, of Tyre — Maximi Tyrii philosophi Platonici sermones (1519)

¶ Maximus, of Tyre — Maximi Tyrii philosophi Platonici sermones (1519)

Maximus, of Tyre [Maximus Tyrius]. Maximi Tyrii philosophi Platonici sermones. Basel: J. Froben, 1519.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Charles Fairfax Murray. — Murray sale, Christie, 10 December 1917, lot 296. — Unlocated.

Reference: Fairfax Murray Catalogue (German), 2, no. 286.

August 1, 2016

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¶ Johannes Hugo de Sletstat — Quadruvium ecclesie (1504)

Johannes Hugo de Sletstat. Quadruvium ecclesie quatuor prelatorum officium. Strassburg: Johann Grüninger, 1504.

Illustrated. With bibliographical note by Sydney Cockerell.

Provenance: Edward Hailstone. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 714 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £9 9s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Clifford Rattey. — Lessing J. Rosenwald. — Library of Congress, Rosenwald Collection 597 (BX1800.H83) [gift from Rosenwald].


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August 1, 2016

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Peter Lombard — Sententiarum libri IV (c. 1482)

Peter Lombard [Petrus Lombardus]. Sententiarum libri IV. [Basel: Bernhard Richel, c. 1482].

Provenance: Frederic Perkins. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 763 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 10s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores EPB Incunabula 4.d.13 (SR)).

References: ISTC (ip00482000). — Poynter, no. 428.

Digital version: VdI.


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July 29, 2016

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¶ Ripa — Iconologia (1669)

Ripa, Cesare. Iconologia di Cesare Ripa. Venetia, Nicolo Pezzana, 1669.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 883 (sold to Henry Wellcome for 10s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Unlocated.


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July 29, 2016

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¶ Rivoli — Bibiographie des livres à figures vénitiens (1892)

Rivoli, Le Duc de. Bibiographie des livres à figures vénitiens de la fin du XVe siècle et du commencement du XVIe, 1469–1525. Paris: Techener, 1892.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 828 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 11s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores Hist. 2 YHF.342).


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July 29, 2016

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¶ Ptolemy — Cosmographia (1490)

Ptolemy [Claudius Ptolemaeus]. Cosmographia. Trans. Jacobus Angelus. Ed. Nicolaus Germanus. Rome: Petrus de Turre, 4 November 1490

Illustrated.

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

References: ISTC (ip01086000). — Morgan Catalogue 2, no. 255.

July 29, 2016

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¶ Rafn — Inscription runique du Pirée (1856)

Rafn, Carl Christian. Inscription runique du Pirée. Copenhagen: Imprimerie de Thiele, 1856.

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


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July 29, 2016

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¶ Eusebius — Eusebii Caesariensis episcopi Chronicon (1512)

Eusebius. Eusebii Caesariensis episcopi Chronicon. Paris: [Henri Estienne], 1512.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 294 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1). — Henry Wellcome. — Christie (New York), 16 December 2004, lot 281 (sold for $2,600). — Unlocated.


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July 28, 2016

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¶ Euclid — Elementa geometriae (1482)

Euclid [Euclides]. Elementa geometriae. Trans. Adelard, of Bath, and ed. Campano, de Novara [Joannes Campanus]. Venice: Erhard Ratdolt, 25 May 1482.

Illustrated. With receipt for the purchase of this volume, reading: “Bought at Sotheby & Co’s.,” with MS note added: “Feb. 19 1945, M. Ivor Thomas.”

Note by Robert Steele: “This book belonged to William Morris and was retained at Kelmscott after his death until it was sold on the dispersal of the effects of May Morris on June 22 1939 (lot 62 Hodgson’s sale). William Morris had no book label. The one found in some of his books was printed for the purchasers of his library at Kelmscott House, Hammersmith after his death. Robert Steele.”

Provenance: Unidentified armorial bookplate. — Morris. — Jane Morris. — May Morris. — Mary Lobb. — Lobb sale 1, lot 62. —Sotheby, 19 February 1945, lot 286 (sold to M. Ivor Bulmer-Thomas). — St. John’s College Library, Oxford University (Bulmer-Thomas collection B-T / F-17 / EUC) [bequest of Bulmer-Thomas].

Reference: ISTC (ie00113000).

Digital versions: BSB. — Internet Archive.

July 28, 2016

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¶ Biblia (1494)

Biblia. Lübeck: Stephanus Arndes, 19 November 1494.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Jo. Wallemale. — Dr. Puhlmann [?]. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 184 (sold to Quaritch for £50). — Bernard Quaritch. — Charles Fairfax Murray. — Murray sale, Christie, 10 December 1917, lot 71. — Unlocated.

References: ISTC (ib00638000). — Fairfax Murray Catalogue (German), 1, no. 64.

Digital version: BSB.


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