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¶ Four sagas (19th century)

October 31, 2017

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The following titles are bound together:

[1] Gislason, Konrad, ed. Sagan af Helga ok Grími Droplaugarsonum. Copenhagen: Brødrene Berlings Bogtrykkeri, 1847.

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[2] Hervar saga ok Heiđreks konungs. Copenhagen: Brødrene Berlings Bogtrykkeri, 1847.

[3] Sagan af Þorđi Hređu. Copenhagen: Berlingske Bogtrykkeri, 1848.

[4] Barđarsaga Snœfellsass Viglundarsaga. Copenhagen: Berlingske Bogtrykkeri ved N. H. Stendrup, 1860.


Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 846 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for £2 4s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Beinecke Library, Yale University (2000 1525.)


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¶ Keats — Poems (1894)

October 25, 2017

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Keats, John. The poems of John Keats. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1894.

With tipped-in signature and book label of Morris and note by Cockerell.

Provenance: Morris. — Sydney Cockerell. — Charles J. Rosenbloom. — Beinecke Library, Yale University (BEIN 1976 2732) [Rosenbloom bequest].

References: Bibliography, A24. — Kutter, Suzanne, and Donald Gallup, “A Check-list of the Bequest.” Yale University Library Gazette 49 (April 1975): 338.

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¶ Shelley — Poetical works (1895)

October 25, 2017

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Shelley, Percy Bysshe. The poetical works of Percy Bysshe Shelley. 3 vols. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1895.

Vellum copy, with a Morris tipped-in signature and a note by Sydney Cockerell.

Provenance: Morris. — Charles J. Rosenbloom. — Beinecke Library, Yale University Library (1976 2640) [Rosenbloom bequest].

References: Bibliography, A29. — Kutter, Suzanne, and Donald Gallup, “A Check-list of the Bequest.” Yale University Library Gazette 49 (April 1975): 339.

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¶ Laxdaela-Saga (1826)

October 20, 2017

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Laxdaela-Saga. Copenhagen: sumtibus Legati Magnæani ex typographeo H. F. Popp, 1826.

Presentation inscription from Morris to Forman.

Provenance: Morris. — Harry Buxton Forman — William F. Gable. — Elizabeth Wade White. — Beinecke Library, Yale University (BEIN 1976 59).

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¶ Laxdaela-Saga (1826)

October 20, 2017

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Laxdaela-Saga. Copenhagen: sumtibus Legati Magnaeani ex typographeo H. F. Popp, 1826.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 899 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 1s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Walter Emery. — Beinecke Library, Yale University (BEIN 2004 +138).

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Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 386.


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¶ Unger — Alexanders saga (1848)

October 18, 2017

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Unger, Carl Richard, ed. Alexanders saga. Christiania: Feilberg & Landmark Forlag, 1848.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 846 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for £2 4s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Beinecke Library, Yale University (2000 1525).

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¶ Four sagas (1847–60)

October 18, 2017

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The following titles (all published in the series Nordiske oldskrifter) are bound together. (The first is listed in the Sotheby 1898 catalogue; the other three titles are presumably among the “and others” in lot 846.)

[1] Gislason, Konrad, ed. Sagan af Helga ok Grími Droplaugarsonum. Copenhagen: Brødrene Berlings Bogtrykkeri, 1847.

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[2Hervar saga ok Heiđreks konungs. Copenhagen: Brødrene Berlings Bogtrykkeri, 1847.

[3] Friðriksson, G. Sagan af Þorđi Hređu. Copenhagen: Berlingske Bogtrykkeri, 1848.

[4] Vigfússon, Guðbrandr. Barđarsaga Snoefellsass. Copenhagen: Berlingske Bogtrykkeri ved N. H. Stendrup, 1860.

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Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 846 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for £2 4s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Beinecke Library, Yale University (2000 1525 [GislasonFriðriksson; Vigfússon; Hervar saga ok Heiđreks konungs has no separate entry).


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¶ Alexander, de Villa Dei — Doctrinale (15th century) [MS]

October 11, 2017

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Alexander, de Villa Dei. Doctrinale.

Illuminated manuscript. Northern Italy, early 15th century. 54 leaves.

Provenance: Pesaro family. — Sotheby, 26 February 1821, lot 175. — Henry Drury. — Drury sale, Evans, 19 February 1827, lot 188. — Thomas Thorpe catalogue, 1828, no. 5 (£37). — Thomas Thorpe catalogue, 1830, no. 14594 (£16). — Thomas Thorpe catalogue, 1831, no. 12751 (£10). — Thomas Thorpe catalogue, 1832, no. 22 (£8). — Richard Heber. — Evans, 10 February 1836, lot 3 (sold for £1). — John Trotter Brockett. — Sotheby, 16 June 1843, lot 16 (sold for £9).— Thomas Rodd catalogue, 1845, lot 5 (£9). — Edward Hailstone. — Sotheby, 23 April 1891, lot 327. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1190 (sold to Breslauer for £8 10s.). — Breslauer & Meyer catalogue, 1901, lot 464 (80 DM). — Georges Andrieux catalogue, 5 December 1931, lot 5. — Hauswedell catalogue, 29 September 1950, lot 41. — Sotheby, 16 May 1955, lot 105 (sold for £224). — Laurence Witten (purchased from Maggs, 1956). — Thomas E. Marston (purchased from Witten, 1956). — Beinecke Library, Yale University (Marston MS 64).

References: Faye and Bond, pp. 71–72, no. 64. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_2104). — Shailor, Barbara, ed. Catalogue of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Binghamton, N.Y.: Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 1984. (See 1:131–32.)


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¶ Cicero — Orationes (15th century) [MS]

October 9, 2017

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Cicero. Orationes.

Illuminated manuscript. Florence, 15th century. 228 leaves.

Provenance: Girolamo Lagomarsini. — Convent of San Marco (Florence). — Friedrich Ludwig von Keller. — Ambroise Firmin-Didot. — Quaritch catalogue, November 1880, no. 59. — Quaritch catalogue, September 1886, no. 35746. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 357 (sold to Quaritch for £27). — Laurence Hodson. — Hodson sale, Sotheby, 3 December 1906, lot 128 (sold to Sydney Cockerell for £50). — Sydney Cockerell. — John Gribbel. — David Wagstaff. — Beinecke Library, Yale University (Beinecke MS 93) [gift from Mrs. David Wagstaff].

References: Faye and Bond, p. 289, no. 93. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_3976). — Shailor, Barbara, ed. Catalogue of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Binghamton, N.Y.: Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 1984. (See 1:134–36.)

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¶ Guðmundsson — Islendínga sögur (1829–3)

August 4, 2017

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

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

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 884.


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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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¶ 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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¶ Thorkelin — Eyrbyggia-saga (1787)

February 13, 2017

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Thorkelin, G. J., ed. and trans. Eyrbyggia-saga, sive, Eyranorum historia. Copenhagen: A. F. Steinii for P. F. de Suhm, 1787.

Provenance: Paul Riant, Comte de Riant. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 895 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 18s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Walter Emery. — Beinecke Library, Yale University (1996 +101).

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 901.


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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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¶ 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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¶ Sagan af Niáli Þórgeirssyni (1772)

November 14, 2016

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Sagan af Niáli Þórgeirssyni ok sonvm hans &c. [Copenhagen]: Prentvd i Kavpmannahavfn, af Johann Rúdolph Thiele, 1772.

Provenance: Paul Riant, le Comte de Riant — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 902 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 1s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Beinecke Library, Yale University (1997 320).

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Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 883.


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¶ Durante — Libro chiamato Leandra (1517)

October 28, 2016

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Durante, Pietro. Libro chiamato Leandra, qual tracta delle battaglie e gran facti de li baroni di Francia. Venice: Allexandro di Bindoni, 5 July 1517,

Provenance: Morris. — Beinecke Library, Yale University (2014 2215).

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¶ Guðbrandur Vigfúusson — Fornsögur (1860)

October 24, 2016

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Guðbrandur Vigfúusson. Fornsögur: Vatnsdaelasaga; Hallfreðarsaga; Flöamannasaga. Leipzig: J. C. Hinrich’sche Buchhandlung, 1860.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 843 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 12s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Walter Emery. — Beinecke Library, Yale University (1996 422).

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 917.


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¶ Aesop — Vita et fabulae (c. 1481)

May 20, 2016

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Aesop [Aesopus]. Vita et fabulae. [Strassburg: Heinrich Knoblochtzer, c. 1481.]

Morris signature. Illustrated.

Provenance: Min. Conventualium S. Francisci Frigurgi Helvetiorum. — Morris. — Beinecke Library, Yale University (Zi +387).

Reference: ISTC (ia00113000).

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¶ Thorel de Campigneulles — Candide (1761)

February 18, 2016

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Thorel de Campigneulles, Charles-Claude-Florent de. Candide, ou L’optimisme. Seconde partie, traduit de l’allemand de Mr. le docteur Ralph. [London?], 1761.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1030 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for £3). — Henry Wellcome. — Richard Benyon. — Beinecke Library, Yale University (1991 222 2).


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¶ Josephus — De antiquitate Judaica (1480)

August 10, 2015

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Josephus, Flavius. De antiquitate Judaica. De bello Judaico. Trans. Rufinus, of Aquileia [Rufinus Aquileiensis] and ed. Ludovico Cendrata [Loduvicus Cendrata]. Verona: Petrus Maufer de Maliferis, for Innocens Ziletus, 25 December 1480.

Provenance: Sir Edward Sullivan. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (CL1271).

References: ISTC (ij00484000). — Morgan Catalogue 2, no. 471.

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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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¶ Torquemada — Expositio super toto psalterio (1471?)

February 9, 2015

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Torquemada, Juan de [Johannes de Turrecremata]. Expositio super toto psalterio. [Augsburg]: Johann Schüssler, [not after 1471].

With bibliographical note by Cockerell.

Provenance: Bibliotheca Aulica of Eichstätt, Germany. — William Bateman. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1176 (sold to Leighton for £3 3s.). — Beinecke Library, Yale University (Zi +1592).

Reference: ISTC (it00518000).

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¶ Stúrlunga-saga (1817–20)

December 19, 2014

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

Provenance: Joní Jonssyní. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1053 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for £1). — Beinecke Library, Yale University (HLe18 Eg4).


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¶ Lucretius — De rerum natura (1486)

August 25, 2014

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Lucretius Carus, Titus. De rerum natura. Verona: Paulus Fridenperger, 28 September 1486, 1 October 1486.

Provenance: Charles Spencer, 3rd Earl of Sunderland. — George Milmine. — Bernard Quaritch. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 770 (sold to Dawson for £2 10s.). — George Dunn. — Beinecke Library, Yale University (1986 +107).

Reference: ISTC (il00333000).

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¶ Burley — De vita et moribus philosophorum (1477)

July 31, 2014

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Burley, Walter [Gualtherus Burlaeus]. De vita et moribus philosophorum. [Nuremberg]: Anton Koberger, 6 May 1477.

With a bibliographical note by Sydney Cockerell.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 332 (sold to Ridler for £2 6s.). — John Camp Williams. — Williams sale, American Art Association, Anderson Galleries, New York, part 2, 6–8 November 1929, lot 218 (sold for $35). — Beinecke Library, Yale University (Zi + 1978) [purchased with money from the Altschul Fund, May 1946].

References: ISTC (ib01320000). — MS catalogue (2), no. 979 (with one X beside the title).

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¶ Ovid — Six bookes of Metamorphoseos (1819)

July 8, 2014

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Ovid. Six bookes of Metamorphoseos in whyche ben conteyned the fables of Ovyde, translated out of Frensshe into Englisshe by William Caxton. Ed. George Hibbert. London: printed for the Roxburghe Club by the Shakspeare Press, William Bulmer and Co., 1819.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 887 (sold to C. J. Thomas (possibly Thomson) for £5). — Beinecke Library, Yale University (BEIN 1977 1498).

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¶ Chaucer — Complete works (1893–94)

April 28, 2014

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Chaucer, Geoffrey. The complete works. Ed. Rev. Walter W. Skeat. 6 vols. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1893–94.

This copy was marked up by Morris and F. S. Ellis for the Kelmscott Press printers during the production of the Kelmscott Chaucer (1896; Bibliography A40). Skeat issued a supplementary volume in 1897, not of course owned by Morris.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 209 (sold to Westell for £2 12s.). — Morris Tyler. — Beinecke Library, Yale University (BEIN Ip M834 Zz894C).

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Reference: Bibliography A40.

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