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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July 18, 2017

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St. Jerome — Vitas sanctorum patrum (c. 1490–92)

Jerome, Saint [Hieronymus]. Vitas sanctorum patrum, sive Vitas patrum. Trans. Domenico Calvaca. [Venice: Giovanni Ragazzo?, c. 1490–92.]

Illustrated. With a bibliographical note by Cockerell.

Provenance: William Horatio Crawford. — Crawford sale, Sotheby, 12 March 1891, lot 1556 (sold to Ellis for 14s.). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 596 (sold to Quaritch for £35). — Quaritch. — British Museum (purchased from Quaritch, May 1899). — British Library (IB 23757).

References: BMC, 5:501. — ISTC (ih00231500).


Sotheby 1898:

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July 17, 2017

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¶ Poggio — De varietate fortune (1455) [MS]

Poggio, Bracciolini [Joannes Poggius Florentinus]. De varietate fortune.

Illuminated manuscript. Florence, 1455. 123 leaves.

Provenance: Fruosino and/or his son Girolamo da Panzano. — Dominican convent of San Marco, Florence. — Guglielmo Libri (?). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 863 (sold to Buchanan for £12 12s.). — T. R. Buchanan. — Bodleian Library (MS. Buchanan d. 4) [given to the Bodleian by his widow, Mrs. E. O. Buchanan, 1941].

References: Kidd, pp. 9–12. — MS catalogue (2), no. 856 (where it is dated 1477). — Schoenberg (SDBM_231332).

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[Photographed by WSP at the Bodleian Library.]


Sotheby 1898:

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July 17, 2017

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¶ Bruni — Historiarum Florentini populi (c. 1440–50) [MS]

Bruni, Leonardo [Leonardus Aretinus]. Historiarum Florentini populi libri XII [and] Rerum suo tempore gestarum commentarius.

Illuminated manuscript. Florence, c. 1440–50. 261 leaves.

Provenance: John Adrian Louis Hope, 7th Earl of Hopetoun and 1st Marquis of Linlithgow. — Hopetoun sale, Sotheby, 25 February 1889, lot 288 (sold to Leighton for £12 10s.) — Leighton. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 131 (sold to Buchanan for £25). — T. R. Buchanan. — Bodleian Library (MS. Buchanan c. 1) [given to the Bodleian by his widow, Mrs. E. O. Buchanan, 1941].

References: Kidd, pp. 1–7. — Schoenberg (SDBM_231330).

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[Photographed by WSP at the Bodleian Library.]


Sotheby 1898:

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June 29, 2017

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Bibliographica

Bibliographica.

Periodical (London, 1895–97). Morris owned parts 2 and 4, 1895 (two copies).

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 93 (part; sold to Chadwick for £1 17s.). — Unlocated.


Sotheby 1898:

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June 29, 2017

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Transactions of the Bibliographical Society

Transactions of the Bibliographical Society.

Periodical (London, 1892–1919). Morris owned vol. 2 and vol. 3 (part 1).

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 93 (part; sold to Chadwick for £1 17s.). — Unlocated.


Sotheby 1898:

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June 28, 2017

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¶ Green — Andreae Alciati Emblematum fontes quatuor (1870)

Green, Henry, ed. Andreae Alciati Emblematum fontes quatuor: namely, an account of the original collection made at Milan, 1522, and photo-lith fac-similes of the editions, Augsburg 1531, Paris 1534, and Venice 1546. Holbein Society’s facsimile reprints. Manchester: A. Brothers for the Holbein Society, 1870.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 484 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for 15s.). — Wellcome Library (Closed stores Hist. 2 ZJT (Alciati)).

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 550.


Sotheby 1898:

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June 28, 2017

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¶ Aspland — Golden legend (1878)

Aspland, Alfred, ed. The golden legend. A reproduction from a copy in the Manchester Free Library. Holbein Society’s facsimile reprints. London: printed for the Holbein Society by Wyman & Sons, 1878.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 484 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for 15s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Unlocated.


Sotheby 1898:

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June 28, 2017

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¶ Aspland — Fall of man (1870)

Aspland, Alfred, ed. Fall of man. Holbein Society’s facsimile reprints. Manchester: A. Brothers for the Holbein Society, 1876.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 484 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for 15s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Unlocated.


Sotheby 1898:

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June 28, 2017

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¶ Rylands — Ars moriendi (1881)

Rylands, W. Harry, ed. The ars moriendi (editio princeps, circa 1450): a reproduction of the copy in the British Museum. Holbein Society’s facsimile reprints. London: printed for the Holbein Society by Wyman, 1881.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 484 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for 15s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Unlocated.


Sotheby 1898:

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June 27, 2017

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¶ Skýrslur og reikningar (1858–75)

Skýrslur og reikningar, félagatal. Reykjavik: Íslenzka bókmenntafélag, 1858–75.

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


Sotheby 1898:

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June 23, 2017

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¶ Cicero — De officiis (1480)

Cicero, Marcus Tullius. De officiis. Venice: Filippo di Pietro, 8 May 1480.

This book was not sold by Sotheby in 1898, probably because Morris had disposed of it before his death. However, he owned another copy which did in fact appear in the Sotheby sale.

References: ISTC (ic00589000). — MS catalogue (2), no. 694 (with an X beside it).

Digital version: BSB.

June 23, 2017

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¶ Cicero (1480) and Festus (1478?)

The following titles are bound together:

[1] Cicero, Marcus Tullius. De officiis. Venice: Filippo di Pietro, 8 May 1480.

Reference: ISTC (ic00589000).

Digital version: BSB.

[2] Festus, Sextus Pompeius. De verborum significatione. [Venice: printer of Pomponius Mela, c. 1478.]

The Sotheby catalogue does not specify the edition, and MS catalogue (2) records it as “c. 1480”; we believe this is the most likely candidate.

Reference: ISTC (if00145000).

Digital version: BSB.


Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 362 (sold to Proctor for £1 1s.). — Robert Proctor. — Phillips, 13 November 1997, lot 258 (£2,400 [$4,053]). — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 948 (with one X beside the title).


Sotheby 1898:

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June 22, 2017

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¶ Medicinarius (1509) and Ficino (1508)

The following titles are bound together (both illustrated, with a bibliographical note by Sydney Cockerell):

[1] Medicinarius. Das Buch der Gesuntheit. Liber de arte distillandi simplicia et composita. Strassburg: J. Grüninger, 1509.

[2] Ficino, Marcilio [Marsilius Ficinus]. Das Buch des Lebens. Strassburg: J. Grüninger, 1508.


Provenance: Edward Hailstone. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 726 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £3 15s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores EPB/D 1113/D).


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June 21, 2017

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¶ Caviceo — Dialogue treselegant intitule le Peregrin (1527)

Caviceo, Jacopo. Dialogue treselegant intitule le Peregrin. Paris: Galliot du Pre, 1527.

Illustrated. With a bibliographical note by Sydney Cockerell.

Provenance: Louis Alexandre de Bourbon, Count of Toulouse. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 346 (sold to Quaritch for £8 10s.). — Bernard Quaritch. — British Library (General Reference Collection C.38.g.6.) [purchased from Quaritch, 1899].


Sotheby 1898:

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June 21, 2017

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¶ Aquinas and Rolewinck

The following titles are bound together:

[1] Aquinas, Thomas, Saint. Super quarto libro Sententiarum Petri Lombardi. Cologne : Heinrich Quentell, 2 February 1480.

Illustrated. The date 1484 in the Sotheby 1898 catalogue is an error.

Reference: ISTC (it00170000).

Digital version: BSB.

[2] Rolewinck, Werner. Fasciculus temporum. [Cologne]: Heinrich Quentell, 1479.

Reference: ISTC (ir00259000).

Digital version: BSB.


Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1168 (sold to Waring for £12). — Waring. — George Dunn. — Dunn sale, Sotheby, 6 February 1914, lot 1667. — National Art Library, Victorian and Albert Museum (RC.S.16).


Sotheby 1898:

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June 12, 2017

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¶ L’hystoire & cronique du noble et vaillant Baudouyn (16th cent.)

L’hystoire & cronique du noble et vaillant Baudouyn, conte de Flandres, lequel espousa le diable. Paris: Jehan Bonfons, n.d. [mid-16th century].

Illustrated.

Provenance: William H. Crawford. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 81 (sold to Leighton for £7 15s.). — Charles Butler. — Eduardo J. Bullrich. — Royal Library of Belgium (Bibliothèque royale / Koninklijke Bibliotheek, Brussels) (LP 14.237 A (RP)).

Digital version: Gallica.

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Sotheby 1898:

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June 9, 2017

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¶ Lemaire de Belges — Illustrations de Gaule et singularitez de Troye (1533)

Lemaire de Belges, Jean. Le premier [-tiers] livre des illustrations de Gaule et singularitez de Troye. 3 vols. Paris: Ambroise Girault libraire, 1533.

Illustrated. The second and third volumes are entitled Le traicte de la difference des scismes et des concilles de leglise and L’epistre du roy a Hector de Troye respectively, but the three volumes seem also to have been issued separately.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 661 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £3 16s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — H. P. Kraus. — Kraus inventory sale, Sotheby (New York), 4 December 2003, lot 85. — Unlocated.


Sotheby 1898:

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June 9, 2017

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¶ Payne — Alaeddin and the enchanted lamp (1889)

Payne, John, trans. Alaeddin and the enchanted lamp; Zein ul Asnam and the king of the Jinn. London: printed for the Villon Society, 1889.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 622.

June 8, 2017

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¶ Life of Robert Owen: appendix (1858)

The life of Robert Owen: a supplementary appendix. London: Effingham Wilson, 1858.

Supplement to the first volume of Owen’s Life (1857), with a series of reports, addresses, memorials, and other documents referred to in that volume.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 516.

June 8, 2017

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¶ Sturluson — Edda Snorra Sturlusonar (1875)

Sturluson, Snorri. Edda Snorra Sturlusonar. Copenhagen: Gyldendal, 1875.

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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June 7, 2017

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¶ Appiano etc.

Eight titles bound together in one volume when they were in Morris’s hands; the individual works were subsequently rebound by W. J. Mansell for Michael Tomkinson.

[1] Appiano, Costanzo [Constantius Applanus]. Soliloquia de humani arbitrii libertate et potestate. Cremona: Carolus de Darleriis, 4 October 1496.

Reference: ISTC (ia00933000).

Digital version: BSB.

[2] Dio, Chrysostom [Dio Chrysostomus]. [De Troia non capta:] Ilii captivitatem non fuisse. Trans. Franciscus Philelpus and ed. Nicolaus Lucarus. Cremona: Bernardinus de Misintis and Caesar Parmensis, 22 July 1492.

With a bibliographical note by Cockerell (describing all the titles) tipped in.

Reference: ISTC (id00206000).

Digital version: BSB.

[3] Dio, Chrysostom [Dio Chrysostomus]. De regno. Trans. Publius Gregorius Tiphernas and ed. Pius III (Franciscus de Piccolomineis). Bologna: Franciscus (Plato) de Benedictis, 1493.

Reference: ISTC (id00205000).

Digital version: BSB.

[4] Bosso, Matteo [Matthaeus Bossus]. De instituendo sapientia animo. Bologna: Franciscus (Plato) de Benedictis, 6 November 1495.

Reference: ISTC (ib01043000).

Digital version: BSB.

[5] Bosso, Matteo [Matthaeus Bossus]. Sermo in Jesu Christi passionem. Bologna: Franciscus (Plato) de Benedictis, 11 November 1495.

Reference: ISTC (ib01047000).

[6] Beroaldo, Filippo [Philippus Beroaldus]. De felicitate. Bologna: Franciscus (Plato) de Benedictis, 1 April 1495.

Reference: ISTC (ib00482000).

Digital version: BSB.

[7] Maffei, Celso [Celsus Maffeus]. Dissuasoria ne christiani principes ecclesiasticos usurpent census. Bologna: Franciscus (Plato) de Benedictis, 27 June 1494.

Reference: ISTC (im00015000).

Digital version: BSB.

[8] Sabellico [Marcus Antonius Sabellicus]. De Venetis magistratibus. Venice: Antonius de Strata, de Cremona, 19 January 1488/89.

Reference: ISTC (is00009000).

Digital version: BSB.


Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 66 (sold to Tregaskis for £1 16s.). — Michael Tomkinson. — Sir Charles Thomas-Stanford. — Huntington Library. (The individual call numbers at the Huntington—all Rare Books—are as follows: [1] 89923; [2] 100604; [4] 85511 (bound with no. 5); [5] 85512 (bound with no. 4); [7] 101129 (unbound in pamphlet folder). Nos. 3, 6, and 8 are not at the Huntington and are unlocated.)


Sotheby 1898:

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June 5, 2017

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¶ Durand etc.

The following titles are bound together:

[1] Durand, Guillaume [Guillelmus Duranti]. Speculum judiciale. Ed. Franciscus Moneliensis. Padua: Johannes Herbort, de Seligenstadt, 1478–79.

Morris owned the second section (dated 21 November 1478).

References: ISTC (id00448000). — Thatcher 1, no. 579.

Digital version: BSB.

[2] Battista, da Sambagio [Baptista de Sancto Blasio]. Varii tractatus juridici. Venice: Erhard Ratdolt, 1481.

Morris owned the fourth of five parts (dated 31 May 1481).

References: ISTC (is00126000). — Thacher 1, no. 284.

Digital version: BSB.

[3] Cipolla, Bartolomeo [Bartholomaeus Cepolla]. De simulatione contractuum. Pavia: Leonardus Gerla, 15 February 1498.

References: ISTC (ic00400000). — Thacher 1, no. 634.

Digital version: BSB.

[4] Militio, Albricus de. De testibus. Pavia: Leonardus Gerla, 15 March 1497.

“Attributed in this edition to Albericus de Rosate” (ISTC).

References: ISTC (im00578000). — Thacher 1, no. 635.

Digital version: BSB.

[5] San Giorgio, Giacomino da [Jacobinus, de Sancto Georgio]. Aureus et in pratica perutilis totus et singularis tractatus feudorum et homagiorum. Milan: Giovanni Angelo Scinzenzeler, 1503.


Provenance: Henry Howard, Duke of Norfolk. — Royal Society of London (gift from Howard). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 402 (sold to Quaritch for £3 3s.). — John Boyd Thacher. — Library of Congress (Incun. 1478.F74 Thacher Coll. Copy 2).


Sotheby 1898:

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June 2, 2017

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¶ Suetonius — Omnia quam antehac emendatiora (1533)

Suetonius. Omnia quam antehac emendatiora. Annotationes Des. Erasmi & Egnatii cognitu dignae. Basel: Froben and Episcopius, July 1533.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 924 (with two X’s next to the title).

June 2, 2017

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¶ Thackeray — Virginians (1873)

Thackeray, William Makepeace. The Virginians: a tale of the last century. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1873.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 568.

June 2, 2017

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¶ Ekkehard — Waltharius (1876)

Ekkehard I, Dean of St. Gall. Waltharius: lateinisches Gedicht des zehnten Jahrhunderts. Stuttgart: Adolf Bonz 1876.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 545.

May 31, 2017

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¶ Collection of fifty-one fine large lithographs (n.d.)

A collection of fifty-one fine large lithographs by Strixner of celebrated pictures by Old Masters in the Royal Gallery of Munich.

The Munich Gallery issued several such collections in the nineteenth century; since this is undated in the Sotheby catalogue, we cannot identify it more precisely.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 910 (sold to Tregaskis for £3 3s.). — Unlocated.


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May 31, 2017

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¶ Richter — Christenfreude in Lied und Bild (1855)

Richter, Ludwig. Christenfreude in Lied und Bild. Leipzig: Wigand, 1855.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 496.

May 29, 2017

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Dürer — Holzschnitt-werk (1870s?)

Dürer, Albrecht. Holzschnitt-werk. 2 vols. Nuremberg : S. Soldan, n.d. [1870s?].

Morris owned only the first portfolio.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 508 (sold to Henry Wellcome for 14s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores Hist. G. O/S 2 36 Pt 1).


Sotheby 1898:

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May 29, 2017

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¶ Grapaldi — De partibus aedium (1506)

Grapaldi, Francisco Mario [Marius Grapaldus]. De partibus aedium. Parma: Franciscus Ugoletus, 1506.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 469 (sold to Tregaskis for £5 10s.). — Tregaskis catalogue, 18 September 1899, no. 190 (£9 17s. 6d.). — George Dunn. — E. P. Goldschmidt. — J. R. Abbey. — Abbey sale, Sotheby, 19–21 June 1967, part 3, lot 1877. — Unlocated.


Sotheby 1898:

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May 29, 2017

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¶ Macrobius etc.

The following titles are bound together:

[1] Macrobius, Ambrosius Aurelius Theodosius. In Somnium Scipionis M. Tullii Ciceronis libri duo, et saturnaliorum lib. VII. Paris: Jodocus Ascensius Badius, 1524.

Illustrated.

Digital version: Gallica.

[2] Velleius Paterculus. Historiae Romanae duo volumina. Basel: Johann Froben, 1520.

Illustrated.

[3] Herodotus. Historiarum patris Musae. Paris: Jodocus Ascensius Badius and Johann Parvus, August 1528.


Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 779 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 6s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — J. R. Abbey. — Abbey sale, Sotheby, 21 June 1965, part 1, lot 546 (sold for £78 [?]). — Unlocated.


Sotheby 1898:

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May 29, 2017

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¶ Worsaae — Industrial arts of Denmark (1882)

Worsaae, Jens Jacob. The industrial arts of Denmark from the earliest times to the Danish conquest of England. South Kensington Museum Art Handbooks. London: Chapman and Hall, 1882.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 519.

May 24, 2017

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¶ Hildebrand — Industrial arts of Scandinavia (1883)

Hildebrand, Hans. The industrial arts of Scandinavia in the pagan time. South Kensington Museum Art Handbooks. London: Chapman and Hall, 1883.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 520.

Digital version: Google.

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May 24, 2017

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¶ Galton — Art of travel (1860)

Galton, Sir Francis. The art of travel, or shifts and contrivances available in wild countries. 3rd ed. London: John Murray, 1860.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 513.

May 23, 2017

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¶ Vecellio — Gioiello della corona per le nobili et virtuose donne (1601)

Vecellio, Cesare. Gioiello della corona per le nobili et virtuose donne. Libro quarto. Venice: appresso Cesare Vecellio, 1601.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 522.

Digital version: Gallica.

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May 23, 2017

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¶ Kropotkine — Paroles d’un révolté (1885)

Kropotkine, Pierre. Paroles d’un révolté. Paris: C. Marpon et E. Flammarion, [1885].

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 521.

Digital version: Gallica.

May 23, 2017

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¶ Pajot des Charmes — L’art du blanchiment (1798)

Pajot des Charmes, C. L’art du blanchiment des toiles, fils et cotons de tout genre, rendu plus facile et plus général, au moyen des nouvelles découvertes. Paris: A. J. Dugour et Durand, 1798.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 517.

Digital version: Gallica.

May 22, 2017

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¶ Japanese and Chinese picture books

Japanese and Chinese picture books.

A lot containing 21 books, with the titles not listed.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 455 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £3 14s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Unlocated.


Sotheby 1898:

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May 22, 2017

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¶ Three Japanese woodcut books

Three Japanese woodcut books.

Titles not specified.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 527.

May 22, 2017

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¶ Bibliotheca Sunderlandia (1881?)

Bibliotheca Sunderlandia: sale catalogue of the truly important and very extensive library of printed books known as the Sunderland or Blenheim library . . . to be sold by auction by Messrs. Puttick and Simpson. 6 parts. London: printed by G. Norman and Son, [1881?–1883].

Morris owned the catalogue of the first sale, 1–12 December 1881.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 543.

May 22, 2017

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¶ Malon — Histoire du socialisme (1879)

Malon, Benoît. Histoire du socialisme, depuis ses origines probables jusqu’a nos jours. Lugano: F. Veladini, 1879.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 530.

May 22, 2017

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¶ Advielle — Histoire de Gracchus Babeuf (1884)

Advielle, Victor. Histoire de Gracchus Babeuf et du babouvisme d’après de nombreux documents inédits. 2 vols. Paris: Chez l’auteur, 1884.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 524.

May 17, 2017

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¶ Homer — Iliad (1841)

Homer. The first six books of Homer’s Iliad, with an interpaged translation. London: printed for Taylor and Walton, 1841.

The MS catalogue (2) identifies this only as an edition of the Iliad published in London in 1841; we think this is the most likely candidate, though the MS catalogue also specifies that it is two volumes. The second volume may refer to the second edition of The first six books of Virgil’s Aeneid, with an interpaged translation, issued in a similar format by the same publisher in 1841.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 567.

Digital version: HathiTrust.

May 17, 2017

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¶ Bourges — Description des monuments de Paris (1878)

Bourges, Isaac de. Description des monuments de Paris. Ed. Valentin Dufour. Paris: A. Quantin, 1878.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 559.

May 17, 2017

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¶ Catalogue of the India Museum

“Catalogue of the India Museum. South Kensington Museums.”

This is how the entry is phrased in the MS catalogue (2) (see below), but the identity of the book is not clear, because the South Kensington Museum (now the Victoria and Albert) issued a number of catalogues relating to the India Museum (at least two of which Morris owned). The most likely title is probably India Museum: inventory of the collection of examples of Indian art and manufactures transferred to the South Kensington Museum (London: printed by Eyre and Spottiswoode for H.M. Stationery Office, 1880).

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 555.

May 17, 2017

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¶ Mayeux — La composition décorative (1885)

Mayeux, Henri. La composition décorative. Bibliothèque de l’enseignment des beaux-arts. Paris: May & Molleroz, 1885.

Illustrated.

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

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 555.


Sotheby 1898:

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May 16, 2017

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¶ Mizauld (four titles)

The following titles are bound together:

[1] Mizauld, Antoine [Antonius Mizaldus]. Secretorum agri enchiridion primum, hortorum curam. Paris: F. Morellus, 1560.

[2] Mizauld, Antoine. De hortensium arborum insitione opusculum. Paris: F. Morellus, 1560.

[3] Mizauld, Antoine. Alexikepus, seu auxiliaris hortus, extemporanea morborum remedia ex singulorum viridariis facile comparanda paucis proponens. Paris: F. Morellus, 1565.

[4] Mizauld, Antoine. Nova et mira artificia comparandorum fructuum, olerum, radicum, uvarum et aliorum hortensium. Paris: F. Morellus, 1564.


Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 644 (sold to Cotton for 6s.). — Peter H. Raven Library, Missouri Botanical Garden (SB317.8 .M59 1560) [acquired from W. Junk, Berlin, 1902].


Sotheby 1898:

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May 15, 2017

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¶ Gellius — Noctes Atticae (1472)

Gellius, Aulus. Noctes Atticae. Ed. Johannes Andreas. Rome: Conradus Sweynheym and Arnoldus Pannartz, 6 August 1472.

Provenance: Duke of Sunderland. — Sir Edward Sullivan. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 543 (sold to Leighton for £9 10s.). — Henry Yates Thompson. — Trinity College Library, Cambridge (VI.18.24) [gift in memory of Thompson, after 1928].

References: ISTC (ig00119000). — MS catalogue (2), no. 966 (with one X beside it).


Sotheby 1898:

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May 15, 2017

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¶ Saint-Gelais — Le vergier d’honeur (1523?)

Saint-Gelais, Octavien de. Le vergier d’honeur nouvellement imprime a Paris. Paris: Philippe Le Noir, n.d. [1523?].

Illustrated.

Provenance: Marquis de Villeneuve de Bargemont. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 994 (sold to Heppenstal for £11 5s.). — Pickering & Chatto, Catalogue of Old and Rare Books, 1900, no. 1115 (£16 16s.) [Google]. — Michael Tomkinson. — Dyson Perrins (gift from Tomkinson). — Second Perrins sale, Sotheby, 1946, lot 416. — Quaritch list 645 (1947), no. 994. — Douglas Gordon. — University of Virginia Library, Gordon Collection (Gordon 1520 .S3).


Sotheby 1898:

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May 12, 2017

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¶ Savonarola — Epistola de contemptu mundi (1894)

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

Inscribed “To Wm. Morris from C. F. Murray Dec/94.”

Provenance: C. F. Murray. — Morris. — Freeman Bass. — Mark Samuels Lasner. — Mark Samuels Lasner Collection, University of Delaware Library.

Reference: Bibliography, A31.

May 12, 2017

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¶ Moland — Nouvelles françoises en prose (1856)

Moland, Louis Émile Dieudonné, and Charles d’Hâericault. Nouvelles françoises en prose du XIIIe siécle. Paris: P. Jannet, 1856.

Signed “W. Morris Red House, Upton, Kent” on half-title. The book was one of the sources for Of the friendship of Amis and Amile (Kelmscott Press, 1894).

Provenance: Morris. — Edward Burne-Jones. — J. W. and Margaret Mackail. — Mark Samuels Lasner. — Mark Samuels Lasner Collection, University of Delaware Library.