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¶ Purchas — Purchas his pilgrimage (1617)

November 3, 2017

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Purchas, Samuel. Purchas his pilgrimage. 3rd ed. London: printed by William Stansby for Henry Fetherstone, 1617.

Morris’s copy lacked the title-page and another preliminary leaf.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

References: ESTC (S121769). — MS catalogue (2), no. 458 (with three X’s beside the title).

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¶ Firdausi — Shahnama (1621) [MS]

October 6, 2017

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Firdausi, Abu’l-Qasim. Shahnama.

Illuminated manuscript. Northern Iran, perhaps Astarabad, 1621. 440 leaves.

Signature of “Wilfrid Scawen Blunt | 1900.”

Provenance: Chinese ownership. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 529 (sold to Quaritch for £47). — Wilfrid Scawen Blunt. — Fitzwilliam Museum (MS. 311) [bequest from Blunt, 1922].

References: Fitzwilliam’s Illuminated Manuscripts. — MS catalogue (2), no. 32. — Wormald, 1:301–03.

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

August 22, 2017

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

May 23, 2017

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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.

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¶ Speed — Historie of Great Britaine (1623)

May 8, 2017

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Speed, John. The historie of Great Britaine under the conquests of the Romans, Saxons, Danes and Normans. London: printed by John Beale for George Humble, 1623.

Provenance: Morris (purchased for £1). — Unlocated.

References: ESTC (S121976). — MS catalogue 1, fol. 14v (where the date is mistakenly given as 1603).

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¶ Boodt — Florum (1640)

May 4, 2017

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Boodt, Anselm Boece de. Florum, herbarum, ac fructuum selectiorum icones, & vires pleraeque hactenus ignotae. Bruges: Jean Baptiste and Luc Kerchove, 1640.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 577 (with three X’s next to it).

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¶ Verelius — Hervarar saga (1672)

February 16, 2017

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

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


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Thorláksson — Ólafs saga Tryggvasonar (1689–90)

February 8, 2017

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

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

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

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

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¶ Ovid — Heroides sive epistolae (1636)

January 18, 2017

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

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


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¶ Sagan Landnama (1688)

December 8, 2016

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Sagan Landnama vm fyrstu bygging Islands af nordmønnum. Skalhollte: Druckt af H. Kruse, 1688.

First Icelandic saga printed in Iceland.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 893.

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¶ Theophrastus — De historia plantarum (1644)

December 5, 2016

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Theophrastus. Theophrasti Eresii De historia plantarum libri decem, graecè et latinè. Amsterdam: H. Laurentius, 1644.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1159 (sold to Thomson for £3). — Henry Wellcome. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 359 (with three X’s next to it).


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¶ Eyjólfsson — Sagan Landnama (1688)

November 30, 2016

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Eyjólfsson, Einar, ed. Sagan Landnama vm fyrstu bygging Islands af nordmønnum. Skálholt, Iceland: H. Kruse, 1688.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 898 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £3 12s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Unlocated.


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¶ Weiditz — Newe künstliche (1620)

October 20, 2016

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Weiditz, Hans. Newe künstliche, wohlgerissene, vnnd in Holtz geschnittene Figuren, dergleichen niemahlen gesehen worden. Frankfurt: Vincenz Steinmeyer, 1620.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1101 (sold to Leighton for £12 5s.). — Unlocated.

Reference: Ellis valuation, fol. 8b, no. 90 (£4).


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¶ Estienne — Art of making devises (1650)

September 21, 2016

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Estienne, Henry. The art of making devises, treating of hieroglyphicks, symboles, emblemes, aenigma’s, sentences, parables, reverses of medalls, armes, blazons, cimiers, cyphres and rebus. Trans. Thomas Blount. London: printed for John Holden, 1650.

Provenance: Morris. — James William Ellsworth. — Houghton Library, Harvard University (EC65.B6238.646a).

Reference: ESTC (R12325).

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¶ Ripa — Iconologia (1669)

July 29, 2016

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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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¶ Spenser — Poems (1603?)

May 31, 2016

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Spenser, Edmund. Poems. London, 1603.

Described thus in MS catalogue (1), but ESTC does not list an edition of Spenser in 1603.

Provenance: Morris (purchased for £3 3s.). — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (1), fol. 10v.

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¶ Heywood — Gynaikeion (1624)

May 31, 2016

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Heywood, Thomas. Gynaikeion, or nine bookes of various history concerninge women. London: printed by Adam Islip, 1624.

Provenance: Morris (purchased for £2 10s.). — Unlocated.

References: ESTC (S119701). — MS catalogue (1), fol. 11.

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¶ Holy Bible (1629)

May 5, 2016

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The holy Bible. [Cambridge]: Thomas and John Buck, [1629].

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

References: ESTC (S107038). — MS catalogue (2), no. 94.

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¶ Montaigne — Essayes written in French (1613)

May 4, 2016

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Montaigne, Michel de. Essayes written in French. Trans. John Florio. London: Melchior Bradwood for Edward Blount and William Barret, 1613.

Provenance: Morris (purchased for £3). — Unlocated.

References: ESTC (S111840). — MS catalogue (1), fol. 11.

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¶ Somner — Dictionarium Saxonico-Latino-Anglicum (1659)

March 3, 2016

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Somner, William. Dictionarium Saxonico-Latino-Anglicum. Oxford: Guilel. Hall for the author; London: Daniel White, 1659.

No Morris book label, but the Wellcome Library believes this is Morris’s copy.

Provenance: Thomas Barlow. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1126 (sold to Thomson for 5s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores EPB / D 49000/D/1).

Reference: ESTC (R15040).

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¶ Paulli — Danske urtebog (1647)

October 21, 2015

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Paulli, Simon. Der Danske urtebog. 3 parts in 1 vol. Antwerp: Officina Plantiniana, 1647.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Jane Morris. — May Morris. — Mary Lobb. — Lobb sale 1, lot 56. — Unlocated.

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¶ Plutarch’s lives (1699–1700)

September 15, 2015

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Plutarch [Plutarchus]. Plutarch’s lives. Trans. John Dryden. 5 vols. London: printed by R.E. for Jacob Tonson, 1699–1700.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Jane Morris. — May Morris. — Mary Lobb. — Lobb sale 1, lot 59 (part; sold for 14s.). — Unlocated.

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¶ Nieremberg — Historia naturae (1635)

September 12, 2015

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Nieremberg, Juan Eusebio. Historia naturae . . . libris XVI distincta. Antwerp: Ex Officina Plantiniana Balthasaris Moreti, 1635.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 918 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 14s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores EPB / D 4546/D).

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 361 (with three X’s next to it).


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¶ Burton — Anatomy of melancholy (1651)

July 2, 2015

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Burton, Robert [pseud. Democritus Junior]. The anatomy of melancholy. 6th ed. Oxford: printed for Henry Cripps and to be sold by Andrew Cook, Henry Cripps, and Lodowick Lloyd, 1651.

With a portrait of Jane Morris by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Christmas, 1873, on a flyleaf.

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

Reference: ESTC (R29167).

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¶ Pliny — Historie of the world (1601)

June 29, 2015

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Pliny, the Elder [Plinius]. The historie of the world, commonly called the naturall historie of C. Plinius Secundus. Trans. Philemon Holland. 2 vols. London: printed by Adam Islip [vol. 1] and G. B. [Bishop] [vol. 2], 1601.

Inscribed “to May from William Morris March 25th 1892.”

Provenance: Morris (purchased for £1 5s.). — May Morris. — Oxford University [bequest of May Morris]. — Society of Antiquaries of London (Kelmscott Manor).

References: ESTC (S115918) [vol. 1]. — ESTC (S94749) [vol. 2]. — MS catalogue (1), fol. 9. — MS catalogue (2), no. 685 (with three X’s next to it).

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¶ Gerard — Herball (1633)

June 26, 2015

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Gerard, John. The herball or generall historie of plantes. Rev. by Thomas Johnson. 2 vols. London: printed by Adam Islip, Joyce Norton, and Richard Whitakers, 1633.

Illustrated. Inscribed “May Morris with her fathers love March 25th 1882” and signed “Mary Morris.”

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

Reference: ESTC (S122165).

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¶ Book of common prayer (1629)

June 26, 2015

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The book of common prayer. [Cambridge]: printed by Thomas and John Buck, 1629.

Record of Morris family marriage, births, and deaths on flyleaf (see below).

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

References: ESTC (S122906). — MS catalogue (2), no.  94.

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¶ Plutarch — Morals (1603)

May 26, 2015

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Plutarch [Plutarchus]. The philosophie, commonlie called, the morals written by the learned philosopher Plutarch of Chaeonea. Trans. Philemon Holland. London: printed by Arnold Hatfield, 1603.

Provenance: Morris. — Jane Morris. — May Morris. — Mary Lobb. — Lobb sale 1, lot 66. — Unlocated.

References: ESTC (S115981). — MS catalogue (2), no. 670 (with three X’s next to it).

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¶ Stow — Survay of London (1618)

May 26, 2015

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Stow, John. The survay of London. Ed. Anthony Munday. London: printed by George Purslowe, 1618.

Provenance: Morris. — Jane Morris. — May Morris. — Mary Lobb. — Lobb sale 1, lot 58 (part). — Unlocated.

Reference: ESTC (S117891).

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¶ Virgil — P. Virgilii Maronis (1646)

May 14, 2015

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Virgil. P. Virgilii Maronis cum veterum omnium commentariis et selectis recentiorum notis. Ed. Richard Bentley. Leyden: Abraham Commelini, 1646.

Provenance: Morris. — Jane Morris. — May Morris. — Mary Lobb. — Lobb sale 1, lot 54 (part; sold for £1 2s.). — Unlocated.

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¶ Lindenbrog — Diversarum gentium historiae antiquae scriptores tres (1611)

May 13, 2015

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Lindenbrog, Friedrich, ed. Diversarum gentium historiae antiquae scriptores tres. Hamburg: Michaelem Heringium, 1611.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1059 (sold to Pickering for £1 1s.). — Unlocated.


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¶ Savile — Rerum anglicarum scriptores post Bedam praecipui (1601)

May 13, 2015

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Savile, Sir Henry, trans. Rerum anglicarum scriptores post Bedam praecipui. Frankfurt: Wechelianis apud C. Marnium & heredes, 1601.

With bibliographical note by Sydney Cockerell.

Provenance: H. G. Gollermann. — Butterworths Law Library. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1109 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores EPB / D 5778/D).

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 364 (with three X’s next to it).


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¶ Marcus Aurelius — Meditations (1692)

April 23, 2015

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Marcus Aurelius. The meditations of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus the Roman emperor, concerning himself. Trans. Meric Casaubon. London: printed for A. and John Churchill, and Samuel Smith and Thomas Bennet, 1692.

Provenance: Morris (purchased for £2 6s.). — Unlocated.

References: ESTC (R22935). — MS catalogue (1), fol. 16.

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¶ Xenophon — Cyrupaedia (1632)

April 20, 2015

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Xenophon. Cyrupaedia: the institution and life of Cyrus, the first of that name, King of Persians. Trans. Philemon Holland. London: printed by J. L. [John Legat] for Robert Allot [and Henry Holland], 1632.

Provenance: Morris (purchased for 12s.). — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1215 (sold to Bain for £6). — Unlocated.

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 53b (5s.). — ESTC (S118709). — MS catalogue (1), fol. 9v. — MS catalogue (2), no. 80 (with 3 X’s next to it).

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¶ Salmon — Polygraphice (1678)

April 13, 2015

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Salmon, William. Polygraphice, or the arts of drawing, engraving, etching, liming, painting, washing, varnishing, gilding, colouring, dying, beautifying and perfuming. London: printed by Robert White for John Crumpe, and to be sold by Charles Passenger, 1678.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

References: ESTC (R219883). — MS catalogue (2), no. 664.

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¶ Chaucer — Workes (1602)

April 1, 2015

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Chaucer, Geoffrey. The workes of our ancient and learned English poet, Geffrey Chaucer, newly printed. Ed. Thomas Speght. London: printed by Adam Islip, 1602.

Provenance: Morris. — Jane Morris. — May Morris. — Mary Lobb. — Lobb sale 1, lot 63 (sold for £3 5s.). — Unlocated.

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 49b (no price). — ESTC (S107210). — MS catalogue (2), no. 471 (with three X’s next to it).

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¶ Biblia (1608)

March 30, 2015

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Biblia, dat ist, de gantsche Heylige Schrift. Leyden: Jan Paedts Jacobzoon and Jan Boueenszoon, 1608.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 39 (sold to Wellcome for 15s). — Unlocated.


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¶ Boccaccio — Decameron (1620)

March 26, 2015

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[Boccaccio, Giovanni.] The decameron. London: printed by Isaac Jaggard, 1620.

Provenance: Morris (purchased for £3). — Unlocated.

Reference: ESTC (S106639). — MS catalogue (1), fol. 14.

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¶ Jonson — Workes (1616)

March 25, 2015

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Jonson, Ben. The workes of Benjamin Jonson. London: printed by W. Stansby and to be sold by Richard Meighen, 1616.

Provenance: Morris (purchased for £1 10s.). — Unlocated.

References: ESTC (S112455). — MS catalogue (1), fol. 10v. — MS catalogue (2), no. 200.

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¶ Virgil — Thirteene bookes of Aeneidos (1620)

March 12, 2015

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Virgil. The thirteene bookes of Aeneidos. Trans. Thomas Phaer and Thomas Twyne. London: printed by Bernard Alsop, by the assignement of Clement Knight, 1620.

Provenance: John Bown. — Henry F. Lyte. — Morris (purchased for £1). — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1090 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £4). — Henry Wellcome. — Beinecke Library, Yale University (1973 1160).

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 53b (no price). — ESTC (S119320). — MS catalogue (1), fol. 10v.


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¶ Suetonius — Historie of twelve Caesars (1606)

January 28, 2015

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Suetonius. The historie of twelve Caesars. Trans. Philemon Holland. London: printed [by Humphrey Lownes and George Snowdon] for Matthew Lownes, 1606.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1144 (sold to Pickering for £1 11s.). — Swann Auction Galleries, 7 April 2008, lot 160 (sold for $4,800 [with buyer’s premium]). — Unlocated.

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 53b (10s.). — ESTC (S126802) [with three other variants].

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¶ Plutarch’s morals (1694)

January 27, 2015

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Plutarch [Plutarchus]. Plutarch’s Morals, translated from the Greek by several hands. 3rd ed. 5 vols. London: printed for Thomas Braddyll, and to be sold by most booksellers in London and Westminster, 1694.

Provenance: Morris (purchased for 10s. 6d.). — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 811 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 12s.). — Unlocated.

References: ESTC (R5438) [vol. 1]; (R224540) [vol. 2]; (R33467) [vol. 3]; (R42222) [vol. 4]; (R33468) [vol. 5]. — MS catalogue (1), fol. 15v. — MS catalogue (2), no. 76.


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¶ Statius — [Works] 1630

December 15, 2014

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Statius, P. Papinius. Pub. Papinius Statius denuo ac serio emendatus. Amsterdam: Janson, 1630.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 606 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for 9s.). — Unlocated.


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¶ Tacitus — Annales (1640)

December 13, 2014

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Tacitus, Cornelius. The annales of Cornelius Tacitus: the description of Germanie. Trans. Richard Greenwey. London: printed by I.L. [John Legat] for Richard Whitaker, 1640.

 Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1146 (sold to Pickering for 10s.). — Unlocated.

 Reference: ESTC (S117601).

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¶ Durante — Herbario nuovo (1636)

December 10, 2014

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Durante, Castore. Herbario nuovo. Venice: I. Giunti, 1636.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Earl of Hopetoun. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 288 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £2 12s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores EPB / D  1964/D).

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 862 (with three X’s beside the title).

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¶ Hanmer — Ancient ecclesiasticall histories (1636)

October 6, 2014

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Hanmer, Meredith, trans. The ancient ecclesiasticall histories of the first six hundred yeares after Christ, written in the Greek tongue by three learned historiographers, Eusebius, Socrates, and Evagrius. London: printed by George Miller [and Thomas Cotes] and sold by Michael Sparke, 1636.

Provenance: Morris (purchased for 12s.). — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 519 (sold to Tregaskis for 7s.). — Tregaskis catalogue, 18 September 1899, lot 232 (21s). — Unlocated.

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 49b (10s.). — ESTC (S121370). — MS catalogue (1), fol. 8v. — MS catalogue (2), no. 463, with three X’s beside the title.

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¶ St. Gregory — Opera omnia (1699)

August 27, 2014

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Gregory, Saint. Sancti Georgii Florentii Gregorii episcopi turonensis opera omnia necnon Fredegarii Scholastici epitome et chronicum cum suis continuatoribus et aliis antiquis monumentis. Paris: printed by Franciscus Muguet, 1699.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 567 (sold to Quaritch for £1). — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 365 (with three X’s next to it).


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¶ Spenser — Faerie queen (1611)

August 26, 2014

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Spenser, Edmund. The faerie queen, the shepheards calendar, together with the other works of England’s arch-poët, Edm. Spenser. [London]: printed by H[umphrey]. L[ownes]. for Mathew Lownes, 1611.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1133 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £3). — Unlocated.

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 52b (£2 10s.). — ESTC (S123523). — MS catalogue (2), no. 163 (with 3 X’s next to it).

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¶ Seneca — Workes (1620)

August 25, 2014

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Seneca, Lucius Annaeus. The workes of Lucius Annaeus Seneca. Ed. Thomas Lodge. London: printed by William Stansby, 1620.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1114 (sold to Pickering for £1 16s.). — Unlocated.

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 52b (£1). — ESTC (S117064). — MS catalogue (2), no. 473 (with three X’s next to it).

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¶ Shakespeare — Comedies, histories, and tragedies (1685)

August 25, 2014

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Shakespeare, William. Mr. William Shakespear’s comedies, histories, and tragedies. 4th ed. London: printed for H. Herringman, E. Brewster, and R. Bentley, 1685.

The Fourth Folio. Morris book label and signatures: “William Morris” and “William Morris 26 Queen Square Bloomsbury.”

Provenance: Robert Bavand. — Morris (purchased for £4 4s.). — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1119 (sold to Tregaskis for £17). — Willingham Franklin Rawnsley. — Folger Library (S2915 Fo.4 no.34).

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 52 (£5). [Note by Ellis: “No port.”] — ESTC (R25621). — MS catalogue (1), fol. 10v. — MS catalogue (2), no. 362.

Digital version: EEBO.


Sotheby 1898:

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