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¶ Morris — Saga library (1891–95)

March 9, 2017

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Morris, William, and Eiríkr Magnússon, trans. The saga library. 5 vols. London: Bernard Quaritch, 1891–95.

Large paper. A sixth volume was published in 1896, the year of Morris’s death.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 837 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £3 3s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Unlocated.

Digital version: Internet Archive [vol. 1, vol. 2, vol. 3].


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¶ Ellis — Syr Perecyvelle of Gales (1895)

March 7, 2017

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Ellis, F. S., ed. Syr Perecyvelle of Gales. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1895.

May Morris’s vellum copy, illuminated by Edmund Reuter.

Provenance: Morris (?). — May Morris. — Sotheby, 19 October 1970, lot 788. — UCLA Library (Clark Library, Press Coll. Kelmscott Annex).

Reference: Bibliography, A33.

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¶ Hirth — Formenschatz (1879–1911)

March 6, 2017

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Hirth, Georg. Der Formenschatz der Renaissance. Leipzig: Georg Hirth, 1879–1911.

Periodical. Illustrated. Morris owned nos. 11–20.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 302 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for £4 8s.). —Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Unlocated.


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¶ Munch — Fagrskinna (1847)

March 3, 2017

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Munch, P. A., and others, eds. Fagrskinna. Kortfattet norsk konge-saga fra slutningen af det tolfte eller begyndelsen af det trettende aarhundrede. Christiania: Trykt hos P.T. Malling, 1847.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 840 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £2 2s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Unlocated. [The Wellcome Library owns a copy of this book, but there are no indications that it was in Morris’s collection.]

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 914.


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¶ Schmidt — Griechische Märchen, Sagen und Volkslieder (1877)

February 28, 2017

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Schmidt, Bernhard, ed. and trans. Griechische Märchen, Sagen und Volkslieder. Leipzig: B. G. Teubner, 1877.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1006 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 12s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores Hist. 2 ZEY.AA1) [no Morris book label].

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 906.

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¶ Rosselini — Monumenti (1836)

February 28, 2017

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Rosellini, Ippolito. I monumenti dell’Egitto e della Nubia disegnati dalla spedizione scientifico-letteraria toscana in Egitto. 9 vols. Pisa: Presso N. Capurro e c., 1832–44.

Morris apparently owned an incomplete set without the plates.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1006 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 12s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Unlocated.


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¶ Vetusta monumenta (1767–1906)

February 27, 2017

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Vetusta monumenta: quae ad rerum britannicarum memoriam conservandam. 7 vols. London: Society of Antiquaries, 1767–1906.

Morris owned vol. 6, plates 18–25; and vol. 7, parts 1–2, plates 1–10.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1188 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for 12s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Unlocated.


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¶ Thorsteinsson — Sturlúnga-saga (1817–20)

February 21, 2017

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Thorsteinsson, B., ed. Sturlúnga-saga, edr, Islendínga-saga hin mikla. 4 vols. in 1. Copenhagen: Thorsteini Einarssyni Rangel, 1817–18[20].

Inscribed by Joní Jonssyní.

Provenance: Joní Jonssyní (?). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1052 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Beinecke Library, Yale University (1997 317).

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 887.


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¶ Ólafsson — Kvæði Eggerts Ólafssonar (1832)

February 20, 2017

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Ólafsson, Eggert. Kvæði Eggerts Ólafssonar. Copenhagen: E. Jónsson, Th. Sæmundsson, and S. Thorarensen, 1832.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 889.

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¶ Munch — Saga Olafs konungs Tryggvasunar (1853)

February 20, 2017

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Munch, P. A., ed. Saga Olafs konungs Tryggvasunar. Christiania: Brøgger & Christie’s bogtrykkeri, 1853.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 430 (part; sold to Tregaskis for 20s.). — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 913.


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¶ Müntz — La tapisserie (1884?)

February 14, 2017

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Müntz, Eugène. La tapisserie. Bibliothèque de l’enseignement des Beaux-Arts. Paris: A. Quantin, [1884?].

Illustrated.

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


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¶ Martha — Manuel d’archéologie étrusque et romaine (1884)

February 14, 2017

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Martha, Jules. Manuel d’archéologie étrusque et romaine. Bibliothèque de l’enseignement des Beaux-Arts. Paris: A. Quantin, [1884].

Illustrated.

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


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¶ Lecoy de la Marche —Les manuscrits et la miniature (1884?)

February 14, 2017

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Lecoy de la Marche, Albert. Les manuscrits et la miniature. Bibliothèque de l’enseignement des Beaux-Arts. Paris: A. Quantin, [1884?].

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 41 (part; sold to Wellcome for £1 1s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores Hist. 2 YHBAL).


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¶ Gerspach — La mosaïque (1881)

February 14, 2017

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Gerspach, [Edouard]. La mosaïque. Bibliothèque de l’enseignement des Beaux-Arts. Paris: A. Quantin, [1881].

Illustrated.

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


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¶ Babelon — Manuel d’archéologie orientale (1888)

February 14, 2017

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Babelon, Ernest. Manuel d’archéologie orientale. Bibliothèque de l’enseignement des Beaux-Arts. Paris: A. Quantin, [1888].

Illustrated.

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


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¶ Guðmundsson — Íslendínga sögur (1829–30)

February 13, 2017

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

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

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¶ Caxton — History of Godefrey of Boloyne (1893)

February 10, 2017

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Caxton, William, trans. The history of Godefrey of Boloyne. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1893.

Vellum copy. Inscribed “Sold to Henry Gamman, August 1897. S. C. Cockerell.” Clipped signature of Morris tipped in.

Provenance: William Morris. — Henry Gamman (purchased August 1897). — Marsden Perry. — C. C. Kalbfleisch. — Lessing J. Rosenwald. — Library of Congress, Rosenwald Collection (D152.G783 1893 copy 2) [gift from Rosenwald].

Reference: Bibliography, A15.

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¶ Morris — Story of the ere-dwellers (1892)

February 9, 2017

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Morris, William, and Eiríkr Magnússon, trans. The story of the ere-dwellers. Saga Library, vol. 2. London: Bernard Quaritch, 1892.

Large paper edition. Inscribed “to Janey from W.M. with best love November 30th 1891.”

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

Reference: LeMire, p. 164.

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Ruskin — Fors clavigera (1871–83)

February 9, 2017

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Ruskin, John. Fors clavigera: letters to the workmen and labourers of Great Britain. 8 vols. Orpington, Kent: George Allen, 1871–83.

Letters 1–27 (lacking letter 12). Illustrated by Kate Greenaway.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 831 (part; sold to Bumpus for £1 8s.). — Unlocated.


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¶ Skírnir (1827– )

February 8, 2017

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Skírnir; tídindi hins Ískenzka Bókmentafèlags. Reykjavík : Íslenska Bokmentafélag, 1827– .

Morris owned 1852–1875 (not including 1873).

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 450 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 5s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Unlocated.

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¶ Sigurðsson — Íslendínga sögur (1848)

February 7, 2017

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Sigurðsson, Jón, and C. C. Rafn, eds. Íslendínga sögur. 2 vols. Copenhagen: S. L. Möllers bogtrykkeri, 1848.

Morris seems not to have owned the final two volumes in the set.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 902.

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¶ Bibliotheca hispana (1895)

February 6, 2017

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Bibliotheca hispana: a catalogue of books in Castilian, Catalan, Portuguese, or otherwise of Spanish interest. London: Bernard Quaritch, February 1895.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 872 [?] (part; sold to Henry Wellcome). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores Hist. 2 (RMR) YHH.B.35).

Digital version: Internet Archive (Morris copy).

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¶ Spruner von Merz — Historisch-geographischer Hand-Atlas (1854–55)

January 25, 2017

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Spruner von Merz, Karl. Historisch-geographischer Hand-Atlas. 3 vols. Gotha: J. Perthes, 1854–55.

Morris may have owned only vol. 1 (1855).

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1136 (sold to Henry Wellcome for 11s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Unlocated.


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¶ Haltrich — Deutsche Volksmärchen (1856)

January 19, 2017

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Haltrich, Josef. Deutsche Volksmärchen aus dem Sachsenlande in Siebenbürgen. Berlin: J. Springer, 1856.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 891.

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¶ Egilsson — Odysseifs-kvæði (1853)

January 19, 2017

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Egilsson, Sveinbjörn, trans. Odysseifs-kvæði. 2 vols. Copenhagen: Mölle, 1853.

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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¶ Etoffes (n.d.)

January 18, 2017

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Etoffes: extrait de l’art pour tous. Paris: Morel, n.d.

Illustrated: 65 plates in a portfolio.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 517 (sold to Henry Wellcome for 6s.).— Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 341.


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¶ Morris — Dream of John Ball (1892)

January 18, 2017

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Morris, William. A dream of John Ball, and A king’s lesson. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1892.

Presentation copy to Jane Morris.

Provenance: Morris. — Jane Morris. — May Morris. — Mary Lobb. — Lobb sale 2, lot 479 (part; bought in for £12 10s.). — Unlocated.

Reference: Bibliography, A6.

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¶ Melstað — Nýja sagan (1868–83)

January 18, 2017

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Melstað, Páll. Nýja sagan. 2 vols. Reykjavik: 1868–83.

Morris appears to have owned an incomplete set.

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


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¶ Antiquarisk tidsskrift

January 17, 2017

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Antiquarisk tidsskrift. Copenhagen: J. D. Qvist.

Journal. Morris owned the volumes for 1843–60.

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


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¶ Caldecott — Randolph Caldecott’s “Graphic” pictures (n.d.)

January 16, 2017

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Caldecott, Randolph. Randolph Caldecott’s “Graphic” pictures. 4 vols. London: George Routledge & Sons (?), n.d.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Jane Morris. — May Morris. — Mary Lobb. — Lobb sale 1, lot 75 (part). — Unlocated.

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¶ Quentel — Musterbuch für Ornamente und Stickmuster (1882)

January 16, 2017

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Quentel, Peter. Musterbuch für Ornamente und Stickmuster. Leipzig: K. W. Hiersemann, [1882].

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 876 (sold to Henry Wellcome for 19s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Unlocated.


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¶ Gilchrist — Life of Blake (1863)

January 13, 2017

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Gilchrist, Alexander. Life of Blake, “Pictor ignotus”. 2 vols. London and Cambridge: Macmillan, 1863.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Jane Morris (?). — May Morris. — Mary Lobb. — Lobb sale 1, lot 424 (part; sold for 16s.). — Unlocated.

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¶ Brunet — Manuel du libraire (1814)

January 12, 2017

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Brunet, Jacques-Charles. Manuel du libraire et de l’amateur de livres. 2nd ed. 4 vols. Paris: L’auteur, 1814.

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

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 39.


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¶ Becker — Holzschnitte alter deutscher Meister (1808–16)

January 6, 2017

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Becker, Rudolf Zacharias. ed. Holzschnitte alter deutscher Meister in den Original-Platten gesammelt von Hans Albrecht von Derschau. 3 vols. Gotha: Becker, 1808–16.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1214 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £24). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Unlocated.


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¶ Njála (1875–89)

January 5, 2017

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Njála: udgivet efter gamle håndskrifter. 2 vols. Copenhagen: Thieles bogtr., 1875–89.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 657 (sold to Henry Wellcome for 10s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 383.


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¶ Sigurðsson — Íslendínga sögur (1843–89)

January 4, 2017

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Sigurðsson, Jón, and others, eds. Íslendínga sögur. 4 vols. Copenhagen: S. L. Möllers bogtrykkeri, 1843–89.

Morris owned only the first two volumes. With some translations and notes by Morris in the second volume.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 848 (sold to Tregaskis for £13 10s.). — Unlocated.


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¶ Thiele — Danske folkesagen (1819)

January 3, 2017

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Thiele, J. M. Danske folkesagen. 2 vols. Copenhagen: A. Seidelin, 1819.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1020 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for 15s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. —Unlocated.


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¶ Fischer — Eðlisfraeði (1852)

December 26, 2016

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Fischer, Johann Georg. Eðlisfraeði. Prentuð að tilhlutun Hins Íslenzka bókmentafélags. Copenhagen: S. L. Möller, 1852.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 449 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for 18s.). — Henry Wellcome.— Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Unlocated.


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¶ Oddsson — Fóstbrædra-saga (1822)

December 22, 2016

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Oddsson, Gunnlaugur, ed. Fóstbrædra-saga, edr, Sagan af Þorgeiri Havarssyni ok Þormódi Bersasyni Kolbrúnarskalldi. Copenhagen: Prentuð hiá Thiele, 1822.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 844 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 12s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 911.

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¶ Þorkelsson — Aefisaga Gizurar Thorvaldssonar (1868)

December 22, 2016

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Þorkelsson, Jón. Aefisaga Gizurar Thorvaldssonar. Reykjavík: E. Thórðarson, 1868.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 912.

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¶ Hissey — On the box seat (1886)

December 20, 2016

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Hissey, James John. On the box seat from London to Land’s End. London: R. Bentley & Son, 1886.

(We strongly suspect that this is fraudulent, but we include it here with that warning.)

Illustrated. On the front pastedown is an ink-brush design for a printer’s device: a floriated monogram “WM” within a shield surrounded by a ribbon reading “At the Kelmscott Press by me William Morris.” A dealer’s note describes this as “from William Morris’s library, and contains pasted inside cover William Morris’s own pen-and-ink drawing of his bookplate.” Morris of course did not have a bookplate; the small label appearing in most of his books was created after his death by his executors.

Provenance: Morris (?). — Brown University Library (HAY KOOPMAN DA625 .H667).

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¶ Tíðindi um stjórnarmálefni Íslands (1855–75)

December 13, 2016

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Tíðindi um stjórnarmálefni Íslands. 23 parts in 4 vols. Copenhagen: Íslenzka bókmentafélag, 1855–75.

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


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¶ Dumas — Le Comte de Monte-Cristo

December 13, 2016

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Dumas, Alexandre. Le Comte de Monte-Cristo. 6 vols in 2.

Le Comte de Monte-Cristo was published serially between 1844 and 1846, but there were many later editions. It is not known which version Morris owned, though perhaps this is a reference to a portion of the Oeuvres compléte by Dumas now at Kelmscott Manor.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 652.

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¶ Morris — Well at the world’s end (1896)

December 7, 2016

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Morris, William. The well at the world’s end. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1896.

Illustrated by Edward Burne-Jones.

Provenance: Morris. — Jane Morris (?). — May Morris. — Mary Lobb. — Lobb sale 2, lot 487 (part; sold for £1 10s.). — Unlocated.

Reference: Bibliography A39.

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¶ d’Avennes — L’art arabe (1877)

December 7, 2016

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d’Avennes, Prisse. L’art arabe d’après les monuments du Kaire. 4 vols. Paris: Morel, 1877.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 970 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £22). — Henry Wellcome. — Unlocated.


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¶ Surtees — Handley Cross (1843)

December 7, 2016

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Surtees, Robert Smith. Handley Cross, or The spa hunt: a sporting tale. 3 vols. London: Henry Colburn, 1843.

Illustrated. The above is the first edition; it is not known which edition Morris owned, but in the Lobb sale catalogue it is described as “2 vols., n.d.”

Provenance: Morris. — Jane Morris. — May Morris. — Mary Lobb. — Lobb sale 1, lot 76 (part; sold for 9s.). — Unlocated.

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¶ Unger — Karlamagnus saga ok kappa hans (1860)

December 5, 2016

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Unger, C. R., trans. Karlamagnus saga ok kappa hans. Christiania: H. J. Jenson, 1860.

Misdated in Sotheby 1898.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 849 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £4 8s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Unlocated.

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¶ Guðmundsson — Kormáks saga (1832)

December 1, 2016

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Guðmundsson, Þorgeir, trans. and ed. Kormáks saga. Copenhagen: H. H. Thiele, 1832.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 850 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 12s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Beinecke Library, Yale University (1996 320).

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¶ Schlegel — Hin forna lögbók Islendínga sem nefnist Grágás (1829)

December 1, 2016

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Schlegel, J. F. G., ed. Hin forna lögbók Islendínga sem nefnist Grágás. Codex juris Islandorum antiquissimus, qui nominatur Grágás. 2 vols. Copenhagen: H. H. Thiele, 1829,

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 468 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for 10s.). — Unlocated.


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¶ Salzenberg — Alt-christliche Baudenkmale von Constantinopel (1854)

November 29, 2016

Comments Off on ¶ Salzenberg — Alt-christliche Baudenkmale von Constantinopel (1854)

Salzenberg, W. Alt-christliche Baudenkmale von Constantinopel vom V. bis XII. Jahrhundert. Berlin: Ernst & Korn, 1854.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1057 (sold to Henry Wellcome for 13s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Unlocated.


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