Bibliography = Peterson, William S. A Bibliography of the Kelmscott Press. (Soho Bibliographies.) Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1984.
BMC = Catalogue of Books Printed in the XVth Century Now in the British Museum. 14 parts. London: Trustees of the British Museum, 1962– .
BSB = Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich.
Collected Letters = The Collected Letters of William Morris. Ed. Norman Kelvin. 4 vols. 1984–96.
E-Rara = “e-rara.ch, the platform for digitized rare books from Swiss libraries.”
ECCO = Eighteenth Century Collections Online (Gale) [subscription].
EEB = Early European Books (ProQuest) [subscription].
EEBO = Early English Books Online (Chadwyck) [subscription].
Ellis valuation = Shortly after Morris’s death, F. S. Ellis, retired bookseller and co-executor of the Morris estate, did an appraisal of Morris’s early books and manuscripts. The chief significance of this document is, as Sydney Cockerell remarked, that “the prices fixed were as near as possible those paid by Morris.” The valuation was later owned by Cockerell, then by Sanford and Helen Berger, and is now in the Huntington Library. It has been transcribed (unfortunately rather inaccurately) in volume 4 of Norman Kelvin’s edition of the Morris correspondence (see Collected Letters above). In the document there are two sequences of foliation, for manuscripts and books respectively, which we cite as a or b (e.g., fol. 22b), and we then provide the item number—if there is one. (Approximately half the titles are not assigned numbers.) We have also recorded any notations by Cockerell in the document.
ESTC = English Short Title Catalogue.
Fairfax Murray Catalogue (French) = Davies, Hugh William, comp. Catalogue of a Collection of Early French Books in the Library of C. Fairfax Murray. 2 vols. London: privately printed, 1910.
Fairfax Murray Catalogue (German) = Davies, Hugh William, comp. Catalogue of a Collection of Early German Books in the Library of C. Fairfax Murray. 2 vols. London: privately printed, 1913.
Google = Google Books.
Ideal Book = Morris, William. The Ideal Book: Essays and Lectures on the Arts of the Book. Ed. William S. Peterson. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1982.
ISTC = Incunabula Short Title Catalogue.
LeMire = LeMire, Eugene. A Bibliography of William Morris. New Castle, Del.: Oak Knoll Press; London: British Library, 2006.
Lobb sale 1 = A Catalogue of Books from Various Sources . . . Books from Kelmscott Manor (Hodgson, 22 June 1939).
Lobb sale 2 = A Catalogue of . . . Selected Books from Kelmscott Manor (Hodgson, 7 July 1939). [For both of these sales, we have made use of the auctioneer’s annotated copy in the British Library, as well as a second copy (also BL) of the July sale annotated by “J.E.H.,” i.e. John Edmund Hodgson.]
Morgan Catalogue = Pollard, A. W., and others, eds. Catalogue of Manuscripts and Early Printed Books from the Libraries of William Morris, Richard Bennett, Bertram, Fourth Earl of Ashburnham, and Other Sources, Now Forming a Portion of the Library of J. Pierpont Morgan. 4 vols. London: printed at the Chiswick Press, 1906–07. [(The volume devoted to manuscripts has no volume number, so we have arbitrarily described it as vol. 4.) Vol. 1: HathiTrust. — Vol. 2: HathiTrust. — Vol. 3: HathiTrust. — Vol. 4 (MSS): HathiTrust.]
MS catalogues (1), (2), and (3) = There are three extant manuscript catalogues of Morris’s library that were compiled either by himself or by his daughters under his supervision. All three passed through the hands of Sydney Cockerell, who had them bound by Katharine Adams in 1911. (1) The earliest, which dates from about 1876, is in the handwriting of Morris and his daughter May. It lists thirteen manuscripts and 291 printed books (with the prices that Morris paid for them). It is now at the Yale Center for British Art. — (2) The second catalogue (c. 1890–91) is larger, containing 92 leaves and nearly 1,000 books and manuscripts. Some of the titles (presumably the most valuable) are marked with X’s. This document—mostly compiled by Jenny Morris but with additions by her father—is at the Bridwell Library, Southern Methodist University. — (3) In the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection, University of Delaware Library, is a much briefer (but more beautiful) manuscript, entirely in Morris’ calligraphic hand and with a few illuminated initials, of selected items in his library. It is 16 pages long and probably was produced in about 1890.
Oates = Oates, J. C. T. A Catalogue of the Fifteenth-Century Books in the University Library Cambridge. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1954.
Poynter = Poynter, F. N. L. A Catalogue of Incunabula in the Wellcome Historical Medical Library. London: Oxford University Press for the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum, 1954.
Sayle = Sayle, C. E. Catalogue of the Early Printed Books Bequeathed to the Museum by Frank McClean, M.A., F.R.S. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1916.
Some German Woodcuts = Cockerell, Sydney C., ed. Some German Woodcuts of the Fifteenth Century. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1897. (Bibliography A49) [Internet Archive]
Sotheby 1898 = Catalogue of a Portion of the Valuable Collection of Manuscripts, Early Printed Books, &c. of the Late William Morris. London: Sotheby, Wilkinson, & Hodge, 5–10 December 1898. [Digital version available through Google. Annotated copies in the British Library (auction house copy), the Wellcome Library, the Bridwell Library, and the Huntington Library.]
Under the Hammer = Myers, Robin, Michael Harris, and Giles Mandelbrote, eds. Under the Hammer: Book Auctions since the Seventeenth Century. New Castle, Del.: Oak Knoll Press; London: British Library, 2001. (See Paul Needham, “William Morris’s ‘Ancient Books at Sale’,” pp. 173–208.)
Wellcome auctions: (1) Catalogue of the First Portion of the Wellcome Library Comprising . . . a Collection from the Kelmscott Library. London: Harrods in conjunction with Allsop & Co., 21–22 March 1938. — (2) Catalogue of the Seventeenth Auction Sale . . . the Second Portion of the Wellcome Library of Books. London: Harrods in conjunction with Allsop & Co., 29 November 1938. — (3) Catalogue of the Twenty-third Auction Sale . . . the Third Portion of the Library of Books. London: Harrods in conjunction with Allsop & Co., 8–9 March 1939.
WorldCat = OCLC WorldCat.