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¶ Morris — Roots of the mountains (1890)

January 11, 2018

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Morris, William. The roots of the mountains. London: Reeves and Turner, 1890.

Inscribed by Morris to Jenny Morris.

Provenance: Morris. — Jenny Morris. — Mark Samuel Lasner. — Mark Samuels Lasner Collection, University of Delaware.

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¶ Rossetti — Family letters (1895)

January 11, 2018

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Rossetti, Dante Gabriel. Dante Gabriel Rossetti: his family letters. Ed. William Michael Rossetti. 2 vols. London: Ellis and Elvey, 1895.

With Morris book label.

Provenance: Morris. — Mark Samuels Lasner (purchased from Heartwood Books, 1982). — Mark Samuels Lasner Collection, University of Delaware Library.

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¶ Mirth in ridicule (1708)

January 10, 2018

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Mirth in ridicule, or a satyr against immoderate laughing. London: J. Morphew, [1708].

Morris book label but not listed in the Sotheby 1898 catalogue.

Provenance: Morris. — Sotheby, 2004, lot 348 (sold for £1,920). — Unlocated.

Reference: ESTC (T118869).

Digital version: EECO.

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¶ Rossetti — Family letters (1895)

January 10, 2018

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Rossetti, Dante Gabriel. Dante Gabriel Rossetti: his family letters. Ed. William Michael Rossetti. 2 vols. London: Ellis and Elvey, 1895.

Large paper. This probably passed through the Sotheby 1898 sale, since it has Morris’s book label, but it does not appear in that catalogue.

Provenance: Morris. — W.F.G. — James William Ellsworth. — Rosenbach (sold 27 December 1943 for $25). — Christie, 2004, lot 198 (sold for £1,075). — Unlocated.

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¶ Conradus, de Brundelsheim — Sermones (1480)

December 15, 2017

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Conradus, de Brundelsheim [Soccus]. Sermones de tempore. Deventer: Richardus Pafraet, 1480.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1124 (sold to Proctor for £5 10s.). — Robert Proctor. — Unlocated.

References: ISTC (is00588000). — MS catalogue (2), no. 932, p. 85 (with an X beside the title).

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¶ Rawlinson — Great monarchies (1873–76)

December 14, 2017

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The two following titles are conflated in the Sotheby 1898 catalogue as The seven great monarchies of the ancient eastern world. (Morris seems not to have owned The sixth great Oriental monarchy, published in 1873, or if he did, it may have been deaccessioned by the Wellcome Library, which has another copy without Morris’s book label.)

[1] Rawlinson, George. The five great monarchies of the ancient eastern world, or the history, geography, and antiquities of Chaldaea, Assyria, Babylon, Media, and Persia. 3rd ed. 3 vols. London: John Murray, 1873.

[2] Rawlinson. The seventh great Oriental monarchy, or the geography, history, and antiquities of the Sassanian or new Persian empire. 2 vols. in 1. London: Longmans, 1876.

Digital version: Internet Archive (Morris’s copy).


Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 822 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £6 10s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores Hist. 2 ZBB.28).

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 136 (where the title is rendered as “Rawlinson’s Ancient Monarchies”).


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¶ Aquinas (c. 1500) and Biel (1499)

December 13, 2017

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The following titles were bound together but were separated after Morris’s death:

[1] Aquinas, Thomas, Saint. In hoc libello continentur tres tractatuli. Primus est sancti Thome Aquinatis de mirabili quidditate et efficacia venerabilis sacramenti eucharistie. Secundus est magistri Nicolai de lyra de idoneo ministrante suscipiente idem sacramentum. Tercius est alicuius docti collectoris de expositione dominice orationis. [Cologne: Heinrich Quentel, c. 1500.]

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[2] Biel, Gabriel. Epitoma expositionis sacri canonis missae. Ed. Wendelin Steinbach. Tübingen: [Johann Otmar for Friedrich Meynberger, 1499.]

Illustrated.

Reference: ISTC (ib00654000).

Digital version: BSB.


Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1078 (sold to Proctor for £1 16s.). — Robert Proctor. — [Aquinas only:] — Christie (South Kensington), 20 September 1996, lot 2 (sold to Maggs for £1,255). — Maggs catalogue 1220, no. 8. — Unlocated.


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¶ Morris — Life and death of Jason (1877)

December 7, 2017

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Morris, William. The life and death of Jason: a poem. 7th ed. London: Ellis and White, 1877.

With corrections in pencil.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 263.

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¶ Livy — Hystory of two the moste noble captaynes of the world (1590)

November 15, 2017

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Livy [Titus Livius]. The hystory of two the moste noble captaynes of the world, Anniball and Scipio. Trans. Antony Cope. London: William How, 1590.

Misdated as “159” in MS catalogue (1) (see below).

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

References: ESTC (S108670). — MS catalogue (1), fol. 13.

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¶ Homassel — Cours théorique et pratique (1807)

November 14, 2017

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Homassel. Cours théorique et pratique sur l’art de la teinture. 2nd ed. Paris: Courcier, 1807.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 30 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for 15s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores EPB / B 29247/B).

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 558.

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¶ Ptolemy — Cosmographia (1486)

November 13, 2017

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Ptolemy [Claudius Ptolomaeus]. Cosmographia. Trans. Jacobus Angelus. Ulm: Johann Reger, for Justus de Albano, 21 July 1486.

Illustrated. Inscribed “to E Burne-Jones from William Morris Feb: 10th 1895.”

Provenance: Sunderland Library, Blenheim Palace. — Quaritch (purchased in 1882). — Morris. — Edward Burne-Jones (gift from Morris, 1895). — Maritime Museum, Rotterdam (WAE56).

References: ISTC (ip01085000). — MS catalogue (2), no. 985 (with one X beside the title).

Digital version: BSB. — The Maritime Museum also offers seven digital images from Morris’s copy.

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¶ Riaño — Industrial arts in Spain (1879)

November 8, 2017

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Riaño, Juan F. The industrial arts in Spain. London: Published for the Committee of Council on Education by Chapman and Hall, 1879.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 424.

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¶ St. Ambrose — Hexameron (c. 1480–83)

November 7, 2017

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Ambrose [Ambrosius], Saint. Hexameron. [Cologne: Johann Guldenschaff, c. 1480–83].

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 119 (sold to Rega for 19s.). — Unlocated.

Reference: ISTC (ia00557000).

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¶ Duff — Early printed books (1893)

November 6, 2017

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Duff, E. Gordon. Early printed books. London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co., 1893.

Unsigned note—attributed to Emery Walker by Philip Hofer—on front pastedown: “This belonged to a little collection of printed books which Morris kept at the Press (at 21 Upper Mall, Hammersmith) for the use of his printers.” With the Morris book label, so it may have passed through the 1898 Sotheby sale (though it is not listed in that catalogue).

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett (?). — Sotheby 1898 (?). — Houghton Library, Harvard University (Typ 805.93.3404).

Digital version: Wellcome Library (Morris’s other copy at the Wellcome Library).

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¶ Bruni — De bello Italico (1471)

November 2, 2017

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Bruni, Leonardo [Leonardus Brunus Aretinus]. De bello Italico adversus Gothos gesto. [Venice]: Nicolaus Jenson, [before July] 1471.

Quaritch bought heavily at the Crawford sale, and presumably the book came to Morris through him.

Provenance: Ambroise Firmin-Didot. — Firmin-Didot sale, 1881, no. 533 — W. H. Crawford (bought in Rome, 1884). — Crawford sale, 1887, no. 204. — Quaritch (?). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (ChL750).

References: ISTC (ib01235000).— Morgan Catalogue 2, no. 291. — MS catalogue (2), no. 928 (with two X’s beside the title).

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¶ Rampegolo — Figurarum Biblie (1511)

November 1, 2017

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Rampegolo, Antonio [Antonius Rampigollis]. Figurarum Biblie opus conducibile et perutile. Cologne: [Cornelius von Zierickzee], 1511.

Illustrated. The date given in the Sotheby catalogue is 1505, but we cannot find such an edition and have listed the 1511 edition instead.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 819 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £4). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Wellcome auctions (1), lot 226 (sold to Eiseman for £2 ). — Unlocated.

Reference: Ellis valuation, fol. 7b, no. 81 (10s.) — MS catalogue (2), no. 981.

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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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¶ Regiomontanus, Puerbach, and Stoeffler (1496–1514)

October 24, 2017

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The following titles are bound together:

[1] Regiomontanus, Joannes. Epitoma in Almagestum Ptolemaei. Venice: Johannes Hamman for Kaspar Grossch and Stephan Roemer, 31 August 1496.

Reference: ISTC (ir00111000).

Digital version: BSB.

[2] Puerbach, Georg von. Tabulae eclypsium. Vienna: J. Winterburger, 15 April 1514.

[3] Stoeffler, Johannes. Tabulae astronomicae. Tübingen: T. Anshelmus, 1514.


Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 982 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £6 10s.) — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (5.b.2 (SR)).


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¶ Carletti and D’Andrea (15th century)

October 23, 2017

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The following titles are bound together:

[1] Angelo Carletti [Angelus de Clavasio]. Summa angelica de casibus conscientiae. Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 28 August 1488.

References: ISTC (ia00717000). — Poynter, no. 53.

Digital version: ULD.

[2] D’Andrea, Giovanni. Super arboribus consanguinitatis et affinitatis. [Nuremberg: Friedrich Creussner, 1473.]

Illustrated. Incomplete.

References: ISTC (ia00598000). — Poynter, no. 48.

Digital version: BSB.


Provenance: Morris. — Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, no. 366 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 10s. — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores EPB Incunabula 1.c.18 (SR)).


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¶ Priscian — Opera (1488)

October 21, 2017

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Priscian [Priscianus]. Opera. Venice: Georgius Arrivabenus, 4 December 1488.

Provenance: Library at Breslau. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 969 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £2 18s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores EPB Incunabula 4.e.11 (SR)).

References: ISTC (ip00968000). — Poynter, no. 463.

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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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¶ Caorsin — Rhodiorum historia (1496)

October 20, 2017

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Caorsin, Guilelmus. Rhodiorum historia (1480-89). Ulm: Johann Reger, 24 October 1496.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Horace Walpole. — William H. Crawford. — Crawford sale, Sotheby, 14 March 1891, lot 593 (sold to Leighton). — Gennadius. — Gennadius sale (sold for £30). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 340 (sold to Hazlitt for £31 10s.). — George Dunn. — Unlocated.

Reference: ISTC (ic00113000).

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¶ Rainerius de Pisis — Pantheologia (1473)

October 20, 2017

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Rainerius de Pisis. Pantheologia, sive Summa universae theologiae. Ed. Jacobus Florentinus. 2 vols. Nuremberg: Johann Sensenschmidt and Heinrich Kefer, 8 April 1473.

Morris owned only the second volume.

Provenance: Conventus Ratisbonensis. — Sale of the convent’s books, 1876. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 949 (sold to Leighton for £3 18s.). — George Dunn. — Dunn sale, Sotheby, 9–10 December 1915. — Daniel Francois Schleurleer. — Koninklijke Bibliotheek, National Library of the Netherlands (KW 169 A 25).

Reference: ISTC (ir00005000).

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¶ Pope Gregory I — Moralia (1471)

October 20, 2017

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Gregory I, Pope [Gregorius Magnus]. Moralia, sive Expositio in Job. Nuremberg: [Johann Sensenschmidt], 11 September 1471.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 566 (sold to Proctor for £10). — Robert Proctor. — Unlocated.

References: ISTC (ig00427000). — MS catalogue (2), no. 929, p. 94 (with an X beside the title).

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¶ Biblia (1474?)

October 20, 2017

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Biblia. 2 vols. Augsburg: Gunther Zainer, [not after 1474].

Morris wrote two extended commentaries on the book (quoted here from the Perry catalogue) on the flyleaf and some loose sheets of paper:

[Rough notes, with this comment, probably by Sydney Cockerell: “This note was not completed. A draft from an earlier note, on two small sheets, is laid in the volume, the following portions of which were not repeated on the flyleaf Note.”] “The historiated initials stand quite by themselves and are very interesting: the little subjects seem to be designed by Zeiner’s earliest artist, as he may be called, the draughtsman of the Golden Legend. They are good, though ruder than those of his second draughtsman, and tell the story well. The frame work of the letters is throughout very vigorous and highly decorative and logical in design; and altogether these initials must be amongst the best decoration of the early German printed books. The smaller initials are of Gunther Zeiner’s beautiful alphabet, and are used in most of his books. Their design is obviously an adaptation of the ornamental pen letters of this date. Big capitals in red occur throughout the book, and have the appearance of being stamped & not printed. ¶ The colouring has been at first good & judicious, and except for a little emerald green all done with transparent pigments; of which the lake is a particularly pleasant colour. The first initial (to Jerome’s letter) is painted extra carefully & has a very pretty illuminated ornament in the margin of it. ¶ This book has the stamp of the Buxheim monastery with which Gunther Zeiner was in close relation; and he is known to have presented a copy of this very book to it.”

[Note on flyleaf, dated January 1891] “This Augsburg bible printed by Gunther Zainer about 1474 does not seem to have received the attention which it deserves as a woodcut book. Apart from its type, which for a large book must be considered as the best of all black letter, it is a very remarkable book as a work of art. Its handsome ‘blooming letters’ are to be found in many Augsburg books and some printed at Ulm. They are translations in black and white of the illuminators’ pen letters current at the time and a little earlier; but which more or less kept up a still earlier tradition. Of all woodcut letters without figures, these of Gunther Zainer’s are the boldest and best designed, and add very much to the beauty of the books in which they appear. ¶ The third order of capitals which are all red and slightly floriated, are done in printer’s ink and seem to be stamped on the page after the printing: for their ink is uniformly bright, whereas the red printing at the heads of books is often sullied: since it was done at the same time as the black text by wiping away the black ink, and inking the type again with red—which being done insufficiently blackened the red in some cases almost to a brown. See Blades on this point. ¶ But the speciality of this bible is the series of historiated initials at the head of each book, which are so good and so ‘distinguished’ that they render it an important woodcut book. It is true that the figure work in them is inferior in drawing and general interest to the work of the designer of the cuts in the Aesop, the ‘de Claris Mulieribus’ or the Speculum Vitæ Humanæ: they are in fact rather illuminators’ pictures than woodcut designers’. The letters however are in general effect remarkably good; and, especially in the pattern-work, quite reach the high water-mark of 15th century design, and I consider them on the whole the best historiated Capitals of the period. ¶ These letters in this copy are coloured; and it would seem that this was done before it left the bookseller’s shelf; if it was not done in the printer’s workshop. The copy at the Brit: Mus: [British Museum] is coloured systematically just as this is; except that in this copy some one has come after the first colourist with a vermillion brush (vermillion is not used in the original systematic colouring) and has added that strong colour in some of the letters, by no means to their improvement; though, I take it, this blunder was was committed soon after the volume left the printer’s. For the rest I think an unprejudiced person will think that the colouring of the pre-vermillion very much improves the letters; this can easily be tested by reference to one initial, that of the Psalter, which has somehow been left uncoloured. ¶ I give as excellent examples of these letters the following: [. . .]”

Provenance: Carthusian monastery at Buxheim, Germany (presentation copy from Zainer). — Morris (acquired by January 1891). — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 180 (sold to Quaritch for £80). — Marsden Perry. — Perry sale, American Art Association, 11 March 1956, lot 32. — John Saks. — Christie (New York), 1 October 1980, lot 78 (sold for $60,000). — Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas (Incun 1475 B471z).

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 2b, no. 22 (£80). — ISTC (ib00627000). — Marsden Perry List, pp. 33–34.

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¶ Jochumsson — Ljóðmaeli (1884)

October 19, 2017

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Jochumsson, Matthías. Ljóðmaeli. Reykjavík: á forlag Kristjáns Ó. Þorgrímssonar, 1884.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 809.

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¶ Worsaae — Primeval antiquities of Denmark (1849)

October 19, 2017

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Worsaae, Jens Jacob Asmussen. The primeval antiquities of Denmark . . . translated, and applied to the illustration of similar remains in England. Trans. William J. Thoms. London: John Henry Parker, 1849.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 243 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 10s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Unlocated. [The Wellcome does own a copy of this book, but it lacks Morris’s book label, and we therefore assume that it was not his.]

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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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¶ Palmieri — Liber de temporibus (1469) [MS]

September 25, 2017

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Palmieri, Matteo (Matheus Palmerius). Liber de temporibus.

Illuminated manuscript. Italy, probably Florence, 1469. 100 leaves.

With loosely inserted notes by Crawford and Sydney Cockerell.

Provenance: Guglielmo Libri. — Libri sale, Sotheby, 11 August 1859, lot 1926. — W. H. Crawford. — Crawford sale, Sotheby, 20 March 1891, lot 2330 (sold to Leighton). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 930 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £7). — Wellcome Library (MS.591 ).

Reference: Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_6897).

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¶ Catalogue of Bibles (1891)

August 3, 2017

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A catalogue of Bibles, liturgies, church history, and theology. London: Bernard Quaritch, December 1891.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898 (unknown lot; sold to Henry Wellcome). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores Hist. 2 (RMR) ZFGB.B).

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¶ Cicero — De officiis (1480)

June 23, 2017

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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).

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¶ Cicero (1480) and Festus (1478?)

June 23, 2017

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The following titles are bound together:

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

Reference: ISTC (ic00589000).

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[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).


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¶ Aquinas (1480) and Rolewinck (1479)

June 21, 2017

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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] Rolevinck, Werner [Werner Rolewinck]. 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).


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

June 12, 2017

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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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¶ Appiano etc.

June 7, 2017

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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.)


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¶ Durand etc.

June 5, 2017

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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).


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¶ Macrobius etc.

May 29, 2017

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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.


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¶ Hildebrand — Industrial arts of Scandinavia (1883)

May 24, 2017

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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.

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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.

Digital version: Gallica.

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¶ Kropotkine — Paroles d’un révolté (1885)

May 23, 2017

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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.

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

May 23, 2017

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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.

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¶ Homer — Iliad (1841)

May 17, 2017

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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.

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¶ Rossetti — Early Italian poets (1861)

May 12, 2017

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Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, trans. The early Italian poets from Ciullo d’Alcamo to Dante Alighieri (1100–1200–1300) in the original metres. London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1861.

Inscribed “To William Morris from his friend D G Rossetti Xmas 1861.”

Provenance: D. G. Rossetti. — Morris. — Mark Samuels Lasner. — Mark Samuels Lasner Collection, University of Delaware.

Digital version: HathiTrust.

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Steele — Huon of Bordeaux (1895)

May 12, 2017

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Steele, Robert, ed. Huon of Bordeaux, done into English by Sir John Bourchier, Lord Berners, and now retold by Robert Steele. London: George Allen, 1895.

Inscribed “William Morris from Robert Steele.” Illustrated by Fred Mason.

Provenance: Robert Steele. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 491 (sold to Tregaskis for 17s.). — Edwin N. Lapham. — Lapham’s sale, Anderson Auction Co., 1–3 December 1908, lot 962 (sold for $11) [HathiTrust] . — John Quinn. — Mark Samuels Lasner. — Mark Samuels Lasner Collection, University of Delaware Library.

Digital versions: Google. — HathiTrust.


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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).

Digital copies: EEBO.

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¶ Rolevinck and others

May 8, 2017

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The following titles are bound together:

[1] Rolevinck, Werner [Werner Rolewinck]. Fasciculus temporum. Strassburg: Johann Prüss, 1487.

Illustrated.

Reference: ISTC (ir00273000).

Digital version: ULD.

[2] Auerbach, Johannes. Processus iudiciarius. [Strassburg: Johann (Reinhard) Grüninger, c. 1488–89.]

This title was issued as part of a collection of legal works; hence no imprint is listed in the Sotheby 1898 catalogue.

Reference: ISTC (im00759000).

Digital version: BSB.

[3] Attavanti, Paolo [Paulus, Florentinus]. Breviarium totius juris canonici. Memmingen: Albrecht Kunne, 1486.

Illustrated.

Reference: ISTC (ip00180000).

Digital version: BSB.


Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 528 (sold to Leighton for £1 19s.). — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 938, p. 86 (all three titles, with an X beside them).


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¶ Morris — Roots of the mountains (1890)

May 5, 2017

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Morris, William. The roots of the mountains. London: Reeves and Turner, 1890.

Large paper.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 771.

Digital version: HathiTrust.

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¶ Aelian — Varia historia (1701)

May 2, 2017

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Aelian [Claudius Aelianus]. Varia historia. 2 vols. Leiden: Johannem du Vivie and Isaacum Severinum, 1701.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 766.

Digital version: HathiTrust.

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