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¶ Bulliard — Herbier de la France (1780–93)

November 17, 2017

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Bulliard, Pierre. Herbier de la France: ou, collection complette des plantes indigènes de ce royaume, avec leurs détails anatomiques, leurs propriétés, et leurs usages en medecine. 4 vols. Paris: l’Auteur, 1780–[93].

Illustrated. MS catalogue (2) (see below) identifies this as “Herbier de la France. 1 vol. (plates coloured by hand)”; the volume that Morris owned was probably vol. 2 (flowering plants).

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no, 411.

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¶ Mizauld (four titles)

May 16, 2017

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The following titles are bound together:

[1] Mizauld, Antoine [Antonius Mizaldus]. Secretorum agri enchiridion primum, hortorum curam. Paris: F. Morellus, 1560.

[2] Mizauld, Antoine. De hortensium arborum insitione opusculum. Paris: F. Morellus, 1560.

[3] Mizauld, Antoine. Alexikepus, seu auxiliaris hortus, extemporanea morborum remedia ex singulorum viridariis facile comparanda paucis proponens. Paris: F. Morellus, 1565.

[4] Mizauld, Antoine. Nova et mira artificia comparandorum fructuum, olerum, radicum, uvarum et aliorum hortensium. Paris: F. Morellus, 1564.


Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 644 (sold to Cotton for 6s.). — Peter H. Raven Library, Missouri Botanical Garden (SB317.8 .M59 1560) [acquired from W. Junk, Berlin, 1902].


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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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¶ Ruel — De natura stirpium (1537)

December 1, 2016

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Ruel, Jean [Joanne Ruellio]. De natura stirpium libri tres. Basel: Froben, 1537.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 991 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Cosed stores EPB / D 5620/D).


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¶ Bulliard — Plantes médicinales de la France (1780)

October 21, 2015

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Bulliard, Pierre. Plantes médicinales de la France. [Paris, 1780.]

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Jane Morris. — May Morris. — Mary Lobb. — Lobb sale 1, lot 65 (sold for £1 3s.). — Unlocated.

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¶ Handsch — New Kreüterbuch (1563)

October 21, 2015

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Handsch [Handschius], Georg H. New Kreüterbuch, mit den allerschönsten und artlichsten Figuren aller Gewechss, dergleichen vormals in keiner Sprach nie an Tag kommen. Prague: Durch Georgen Melantrich von Auentin, auff sein und Vincenti Valgriss Buchdruckers zu Venedig uncosten, 1563.

Translation of Pierandrea Mattioli’s herbal. Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Jane Morris. — May Morris. — Mary Lobb. — Lobb sale 1, lot 64 (part; sold for £1 6s.). — 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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¶ Dodoens — De frugum historia (1552)

August 24, 2015

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Dodoens, Rembert [Rembertus Dodonaeus]. De frugum historia liber unus. Antwerp: J. Loëus, 1552.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 242 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 10s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores EPB / A 1810/A).

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 1b, no. 7 (10s.). — Ms catalogue (2), no. 510.

Digital versions: EEBO (Morris copy). — Internet Archive (Morris copy).

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¶ Mattioli — Commentarii (1583)

July 13, 2015

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Mattioli, Pietro Andrea. Commentarii in VI libros Pedacii Dioscoridis Anarzabei de medica materia. Venice: Felice Valgrisi, 1583.

Illustrated. No inscription or signature. Some pressed leaves, and an envelope containing a list of plants in William Morris’ handwriting.

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

Reference: MS catalogue (2), fol. 72.

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¶ Fuchs — De historia stirpium commentarii insignes (1542)

June 30, 2015

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Fuchs, Leonhart. De historia stirpium commentarii insignes. Basel: Insingrin, 1542.

Illustrated. Inscribed “to May Morris from William Morris May 3rd 1890.” Note by Morris on flyleaf: “I gave this book to my daughter on the occasion of my buying a fine copy in a very handsome contemporary binding. So that it was not much of a gift after all. WM.” (See first photo below.) Tipped in, on a sheet of 26 Queens Square, Bloomsbury, stationery, is a group of pencil drawings (presumably by Morris) of flowers and leaves. (See second photo below.)

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

Digital copy: Biodiversity Heritage Library.

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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).

Digital version: EEBO.

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¶ Macer — De viribus herbarum carmen (1496–98?)

May 21, 2015

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Macer, Floridus. De viribus herbarum carmen. [Geneva: printer of Rolevinck, Fasciculus temporum (Jean Belot?), between 1496 and 1498.]

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (ChL1409).

References: ISTC (im00003000). — Morgan Catalogue 2, no. 541.

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¶ Baxter — British phaenogamous botany (1834–43)

May 14, 2015

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Baxter, William. British phaenogamous botany, or figures and descriptions of the genera of British flowering plants. 6 vols. Oxford: privately printed and sold by J. H. Parker; London: Whittaker, Treacher and Co., 1834–43.

Illustrated. Morris owned vols. 1–4 (1834–39).

Provenance: Morris. — Jane Morris. — May Morris. — Mary Lobb. — Lobb sale 1, lot 50 (part). — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 419.

Digital versions: Google [vols. 1–2]. — HathiTrust [vols. 3–4].

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¶ Culpeper’s complete herbal (1815)

March 27, 2015

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Culpeper, Nicholas. Culpeper’s complete herbal. London: Richard Evans, 1815.

Illustrated. Binding broken.

Provenance: Morris. — Jane Morris. — May Morris. — Mary Lobb. — Lobb sale 1, lot 50 (part). — Unlocated.

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¶ Dodoens — New herball (1595)

February 2, 2015

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Dodoens, Rembert. A new herball, or historie of plants. Trans. Henry Lyte. London: Edmund Bollifant, 1595.

Extra-illustrated.

Provenance: Anthony Westwood. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 286 (sold to Pickering for £3 10s.). — Huntington Library (20921) [purchased from Clarence Saunders Brigham, March 1921].

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 49b (no price). — ESTC (S109768).

Digital version: EEBO.

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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).

Digital version: Internet Archive (Morris copy).

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¶ Fuchs — De historia stirpium commentarii insignes (1542)

November 14, 2014

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Fuchs, Leonhart. De historia stirpium commentarii insignes. Basel: Insingrin, 1542.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 536 (sold to Bain for £56). — Martin Breslauer catalogue 102 (1971), no. 48 (£5,900). — Unlocated.

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 6b, no. 64 (£15).— MS catalogue (2), no. 106 (with two X’s next to it).

Digital copy: Biodiversity Heritage Library.

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¶ Rösslin — Kreutterbuch (1535)

November 10, 2014

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Rösslin, Eucharius. Kreutterbuch. Frankfort: Egenolff, 1535.

Illustrated. With bibliographical note by Cockerell on card.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 381 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £6 5s.). — Wellcome Library (Closed stores EPB / D 5521/D).

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 84 (with two X’s next to it).

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¶ Jacquin — Icones plantarum rariorum (1781–95)

November 6, 2014

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Nikolaus Joseph Jacquin, Freiherr von. Icones plantarum rariorum. 3 vols. Vienna: Wappler [etc.], 1781–95.

Illustrated. (“Plates coloured by hand,” according to Jenny Morris’s note.)

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 725 (sold to Quaritch for £31). — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 872.

Digital version: Gallica (vols. 1–2).


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¶ Brunfels — Herbarum (1532)

October 16, 2014

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Brunfels, Otto. Herbarum vivae eicones ad naturae imitationem, summa cum diligentia & artificio effigiatae, una cum effectibus earundem. Strassburg: Schott, 1532.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 329 (sold to Pickering for £6 17s. 6p.). — Unlocated.


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¶ Grete herball (1526)

August 19, 2014

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The grete herball whiche geveth parfyt knowlege and understandyng of all maner of herbes [and] there gracyous vertues whiche god hath ordeyned for our prosperous welfare and helth. Southwark: printed by Peter Treveris, 27 July 1526.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 583 (sold to Quaritch for £20). — John Charrington. — Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1944) [presently on view in Gallery 10 of the Cloisters].

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 50b (£10). — ESTC (S106096).

Digital version: EEBO.

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¶ Arnaldus — Herbolarium (1502)

July 26, 2014

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Arnaldus, de Villanova. Herbolarium de uirtutibus herbarum. Venice: Christophorum de Pensis for L. A. Giunta, 1502.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 72 (sold to Van de Poet for £5). — National Art Library, Victoria and Albert Museum (87.C.100).


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¶ Gerard — Herball (1636)

June 4, 2014

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Gerard, John. The herball or generall historie of plantes, gathered by John Gerarde of London master in chirurgerie, very much enlarged and amended by Thomas Johnson, citizen and apothecarie of London. London: Adam Islip, Joice Norton, and Richard Whitakers, 1636.

Morris signature and address (Kelmscott House) on flyleaf. A note by Wilfrid Scawen Blunt indicates that he colored the woodcuts. Note by Cockerell in MS catalogue (2): “This copy of Gerarde inscribed ‘William Morris, Kelmscott House, Upper Mall, Hammersmith 1890’ was bought at the sale of part of Morris’s library in Dec 1898 by Wilfrid Scawen Blunt who coloured many of the woodcuts as he found the flowers and gave the book to me Christmas 1906.”

Provenance: Morris (purchased for £3 10s.). — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 545 (sold to Quaritch for £6). — Bernard Quaritch. — Wilfrid Scawen Blunt. — Sydney Cockerell (gift from Blunt, Christmas, 1906). — Cockerell sale, Sotheby, 10 December 1956, lot 115 (sold to William Morris Gallery). — William Morris Gallery (K776).

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 49b (£4). — ESTC (S122175). — MS catalogue (1), fol. 16. — MS catalogue (2), unnumbered sequence.

Digital versions: EEBO. — Internet Archive.

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¶ Gerard — Herball (1597)

June 4, 2014

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Gerard, John. The herball, or generall historie of plantes. Gathered by John Gerarde of London master in chirurgerie. London: printed by Edmund Bollifant for [Bonham Norton and] John Norton, 1597.

Illustrated.

Provenance: J. Power. — William Haggard. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 544 (sold to Thomson for £13). — F. Edwards, 26 June 1936 ($300). — Clements Library, University of Michigan (Rare Book Room F 1597 Ge).

Reference: ESTC.

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¶ Parkinson — Paradisi (1629)

May 25, 2014

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Parkinson, John. Paradisi in sole paradisus terrestris. Or, a garden of all sorts of pleasant flowers which our English ayre will permitt to be noursed up: with a kitchen garden of all manner of herbes, rootes & fruites, for meate or sause used with us: and an orchard of all sorte of fruitbearing trees and shrubbes fit for our land together with the right orderinge, planting, and preserving of them, and their uses and vertues. London: printed by Humfrey Lownes and Robert Young, 1629.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 934 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £19). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores EPB / D 4832/D).

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 51b (£2). — ESTC. — MS catalogue (2), no. 672 (with three X’s next to it).

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¶ Haité — Plant studies (1883–86)

April 7, 2014

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Haité, George Charles. Plant studies for artists, designers, and art students. London: Bernard Quaritch, 1883–86.

“Containing fifty full-page plates, and five hundred descriptive cuts illustrative of text.” Morris had only four of the parts.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1188 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for 12s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores Med. G. O/S 2 1).


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¶ Steele — Mediaeval lore (1893)

March 31, 2014

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Steele, Robert. Mediaeval lore: an epitome of the science, geography, animal and plant folk-lore and myth of the middle age: being classified gleanings from the encyclopedia of Bartholomew Anglicus. London: Elliot Stock, 1893.

With a preface by Morris. The provenance below is conjectural, based on a claim in the Wellcome online catalogue that this is Morris’s copy; but it should be pointed out that there is no mark of Morris’s ownership in the Wellcome copy, and there is no evidence that Henry Wellcome bought any other books at the 1898 sale through Tregaskis.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1018 (sold to Tregaskis for £1 3s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (History of Medicine BN /BAR).

Digital version: Internet Archive (Morris copy). — Wellcome Library (Morris copy).


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