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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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¶ Platina — De flosculis linguae latinae (1481)

January 6, 2017

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Platina [Bartholomaeus Platina]. De flosculis linguae latinae. Ed. Petrus Augustinus Philelphus. Milan: Antonius Zarotus for Johannes de Legnano, 18 August 1481.

Inscription by Sydney Cockerell, 1892 (“bought of WM”) and this note: “I lent William Morris ten shillings and instead of returning the money he gave me this book” (Under the Hammer, p. 174).

Provenance: Hopetoun House Library, Scotland. — Sotheby, February 1889. — Morris. — Sydney Cockerell. — Clifford Rattey. — David Jackson McWilliams. — Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas (Incun 1481 P696d) [bequest of McWilliams].

Reference: ISTC (ip00760000).

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¶ Ochsenbrunner — Priscorum heroum stemmata (1494)

November 23, 2016

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Ochsenbrunner, Thomas. Priscorum heroum stemmata. Rome: Johann Besicken and Sigismundus Mayer, 18 February 1494.

Inscriptions on flyleaf: “Philip Webb from W.M.” and “Emery Walker from P.W. 1915.” Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Philip Webb. — Emery Walker. — Dorothy Walker. — Bodleian Library (Don. e.56) [gift from Dorothy Walker, presented through the Friends of the Bodleian, October 1934].

Reference: ISTC (io00007000).

Digital version: BSB.

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¶ Schedel — Liber chronicarum (1493)

November 22, 2016

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Schedel, Hartmann. Liber chronicarum. Nuremberg: Anton Koberger for Sebald Schreyer and Sebastian Kammermeister, 12 July 1493.

With Morris’s signature and address of Red House, Upton, Kent, which indicates that he acquired it before 1865. Inscribed “William and Lucy Rossetti from William Morris, Mch 31st, 1874” and “This was Morris’s wedding present to us. W.M.R. 1905.”

Provenance: Morris. — William and Lucy Rossetti (gift from Morris, 31 March 1874). — David Gage Joyce. — Joyce sale, Hanzel Galleries (Chicago), 22–23 September 1973, lot 65 (sold for $9,500). — Sotheby, 10 December 1999, lot 149 (sold for £17,250). — Unlocated.

Reference: ISTC (is00307000).

Digital version: BSB.

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¶ Morris — Earthly paradise (1870)

November 22, 2016

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Morris, William. The earthly paradise: a poem. 4 vols. London: Ellis and White, 1870.

Presentation copy to Jane and May Morris, with a 40-line MS poem by Morris inserted in vol. 1.

Provenance: Morris. — Jane and May Morris. — May Morris. — Mary Lobb. — Lobb sale 2 (bought in for £12 10s.). — Unlocated.

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¶ Morris — Life and death of Jason (1869)

November 3, 2016

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Morris, William. The life and death of Jason: a poem. London: F. S. Ellis, 1869.

Presentation copy to Jane Morris.

Provenance: Morris. — Jane Morris. — May Morris. — Mary Lobb. — Lobb sale 2, lot 473 (bought in for £18 10s.) — Unlocated.

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¶ Hommaire de Hell — Voyage en Turquie et en Perse (1854–60)

October 19, 2016

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Hommaire de Hell, Xavier. Voyage en Turquie et en Perse. 5 vols. Paris: P. Bertrand, 1854–60.

Illustrated. Note on endpaper: “Presentation copy from author, but not to Morris as stated in sale catalogue.”

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 604 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £3 10s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores Orient. Topog. 2241).


Sotheby 1898:

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¶ Morris — Tale of the house of the Wolfings (1889)

August 9, 2016

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Morris, William. A tale of the house of the Wolfings. London: Reeves and Turner, 1889.

Large paper copy. Perhaps a gift from Morris to either his wife or daughter.

Provenance: Morris (?). — Jane Morris (?). — May Morris. — Mary Lobb. — Lobb sale 2, lot 482 (part). — Unlocated.

Reference: LeMire, p. 127.

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¶ Morris — Signs of change (1888)

August 9, 2016

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Morris, William. Signs of change: seven lectures delivered on various occasions. London: Reeves & Turner, 1888.

Inscribed copy, presumably to Jane Morris.

Provenance: Morris. — Jane Morris. — May Morris. — Mary Lobb. — Lobb sale 2, lot 482 (part). — Unlocated.

Reference: LeMire, p. 125.

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

July 5, 2016

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

Inscribed “to Jenny from William Morris with best love May 23rd 1896.”

Provenance: Morris. — Jenny Morris. — Fitzwilliam Museum [bequest of Jenny Morris, 1935].

Reference: Bibliography, A39.

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¶ Morris — Life and death of Jason (1895)

July 5, 2016

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Morris, William. The life and death of Jason: a poem. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1895.

Inscribed “to Jenny with WM’s best love June 29th 1895.”

Provenance: Morris. — Jenny Morris. — Fitzwilliam Museum [bequest of Jenny Morris, 1935].

Reference: Bibliography, A34.

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¶ Morris — Child Christopher (1895)

July 5, 2016

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Morris, William. Child Christopher and Goldilind the fair. 2 vols. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1895.

Inscribed “to Jenny With WMs’ [sic] best love Kelmscott September 11th 1895.”

Provenance: Morris. — Jenny Morris. — Fitzwilliam Museum [bequest of Jenny Morris, 1935].

Reference: Bibliography, A35.

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¶ Laudes beatae Mariae Virginis (1896)

July 5, 2016

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Laudes beatae Mariae Virginis. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1896.

Since the book was published on 7 August 1896, two months before Morris’s death (3 October), Jenny Morris’s copy may well have come from him, but there is no inscription, probably because by then he was very ill.

Provenance: Morris (?). — Jenny Morris. — Fitzwilliam Museum [bequest of Jenny Morris, 1935].

Reference: Bibliography, A42.

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¶ Jacobus, de Voragine — Golden legend (1892)

July 5, 2016

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Jacobus, de Voragine. The golden legend. Trans. William Caxton and ed. F. S. Ellis. 3 vols. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1892.

Inscribed “To Jenny With WM’s best love October 28th 1892.”

Provenance: Morris. — Jenny Morris. — Fitzwilliam Museum [bequest of Jenny Morris, 1935].

Reference: Bibliography, A7.

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¶ Chaucer — Works (1896)

July 5, 2016

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Chaucer, Geoffrey. The works of Geoffrey Chaucer. Ed. F. S. Ellis. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1896.

Illustrated by Edward Burne-Jones. Inscribed “to Jenny With WM’s best love June 6th 1896.”

Provenance: Morris. — Jenny Morris. — Fitzwilliam Museum [bequest of Jenny Morris, 1935].

Reference: Bibliography, A40.

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¶ Blunt — Love-lyrics and songs of Proteus (1892)

July 5, 2016

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Blunt, Wilfrid Scawen. The love-lyrics and songs of Proteus. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1892.

No inscription or mark of ownership.

Provenance: Morris (?). — Jenny Morris (?). — Fitzwilliam Museum [bequest of Jenny Morris, 1935].

Reference: Bibliography, A3.

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¶ Shakespeare — Poems (1893)

July 2, 2016

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Shakespeare, William. The Poems of William Shakespeare. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1893.

Inscribed “to Jenny With WM’s best love Feb: 17th 1893.”

Provenance: Morris. — Jenny Morris. — Fitzwilliam Museum
[bequest of Jenny Morris, 1935].

Reference: Bibliography, A11.

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¶ Keats — Poems (1894)

July 2, 2016

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Keats, John. Poems. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1894.

Inscribed “To Jenny With WM’s best love May 8th 1894.”

Provenance: Morris. — Jenny Morris. — Fitzwilliam Museum
[bequest of Jenny Morris, 1935].

Reference: Bibliography, A24.

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¶ Ellis — Psalmi penitentiales (1894)

July 2, 2016

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Ellis, F. S., ed. Psalmi penitentiales. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1894.

Inscribed “to Jenny With WM’s best love Dec: 8th 1894.”

Provenance: Morris. — Jenny Morris. — Fitzwilliam Museum [bequest of Jenny Morris, 1935].

Reference: Bibliography, A30.

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¶ Chrétien, de Troyes — Syr Perecyvelle of Gales (1895)

July 1, 2016

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Chrétien, de Troyes. Syr Perecyvelle of Gales. Ed. F. S. Ellis. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1895.

Inscribed “to Jenny With WM’s best love May 3rd 1895.”

Provenance: Morris. — Jenny Morris. — Fitzwilliam Museum [bequest of Jenny Morris, 1935].

Reference: Bibliography, A33.

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¶ Coleridge — Poems (1896)

July 1, 2016

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Coleridge, Samuel Taylor. Poems chosen out of the works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Ed. F. S. Ellis. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1896.

Inscribed “to Jenny from WM with best love April 2nd 1896.”

Provenance: Morris. — Jenny Morris. — Fitzwilliam Museum
[bequest of Jenny Morris, 1935].

Reference: Bibliography, A38.

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¶ Savonarola — Epistola de contemptu mundi (1894)

July 1, 2016

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Savonarola, Girolamo. Epistola de contemptu mundi di frate Hieronymo da Ferrara dellordine de frati predicatori la quale manda. Ed. Charles Fairfax Murray. London: Kelmscott Press, 1894.

Inscribed “to Jenny With Wm’s best love Jan: 29th 1895.”

Provenance: Morris. — Jenny Morris. — Fitzwilliam Museum [bequest of Jenny Morris, 1935].

Reference: Bibliography, A31.

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¶ Ellis — Sire Degrevaunt (1896)

July 1, 2016

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Ellis, F. S., ed. Sire Degrevaunt. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1896.

No inscription (just Jenny Morris’s initials on endpaper), but possibly a presentation copy from her father.

Provenance: Morris (?). — Jenny Morris. — Fitzwilliam Museum [bequest of Jenny Morris, 1935].

Reference: Bibliography, A47.

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¶ Caxton — History of Godefroy of Boloyne (1893)

July 1, 2016

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Caxton, William, trans. The history of Godefroy of Boloyne and of the conquest of Iherusalem. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1893.

Inscribed “To Jenny Morris from WM with best love In April 1893 (but this was written on March 6th. 1894).”

Provenance: Morris. — Jenny Morris. — Fitzwilliam Museum [bequest of Jenny Morris, 1935].

Reference: Bibliography, A15.

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¶ Morris — Dream of John Ball (1892)

July 1, 2016

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

Inscribed “to Jenny with WM’s best love Oct 28th 1892.”

Provenance: Morris. — Jenny Morris. — Fitzwilliam Museum
[bequest of Jenny Morris, 1935].

Reference: Bibliography, A6.

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¶ Clanvowe — Floure and the leafe (1896)

July 1, 2016

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Clanvowe, Sir Thomas. The floure and the leafe, and The boke of Cupide, god of love, or The Cuckow and the nightingale. Ed. F. S. Ellis. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1896.

Published shortly before Morris’s death, so it is possible that he gave this copy to his daughter.

Provenance: Morris (?). — Jenny Morris. — Fitzwilliam Museum [bequest of Jenny Morris, 1935].

Reference: Bibliography, A43.

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¶ Cavendish — Life of Thomas Wolsey (1893)

July 1, 2016

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Cavendish, George. The life of Thomas Wolsey, Cardinal Archbishop of York. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1893.

Inscribed “to Jenny with WM’s best love May 4th 1893.”

Provenance: Morris. — Jenny Morris. — Fitzwilliam Museum [bequest of Jenny Morris, 1935].

Reference: Bibliography, A14.

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¶ Ruskin — Nature of gothic (1892)

July 1, 2016

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Ruskin, John. The nature of gothic: a chapter of The stones of Venice. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1892.

Inscribed “to Jenny With William Morris’ best love April 2nd 1892.”

Provenance: Morris. — Jenny Morris. — Fitzwilliam Museum [bequest of Jenny Morris, 1935].

Reference: Bibliography, A4.

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¶ Morris — Poems by the way (1891)

July 1, 2016

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Morris, William. Poems by the way. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1891.

Inscribed “to Jenny Morris with William Morris best love. Kelmscott Nov: 1891.”

Provenance: Morris. — Jenny Morris. — Fitzwilliam Museum [bequest of Jenny Morris, 1935].

Reference: Bibliography, A2.

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¶ Morris — Defence of Guenevere (1892)

July 1, 2016

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Morris, William. The defence of Guenevere, and other poems. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1892.

Inscribed “to Jenny from William Morris May 26th 1892.”

Provenance: Morris. — Jenny Morris. — Fitzwilliam Museum
[bequest of Jenny Morris, 1935].

Reference: Bibliography, A5.

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¶ Rossetti — Hand and soul (1895)

July 1, 2016

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Rossetti, Dante Gabriel. Hand and Soul. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1895.

Inscribed “to Jenny with WM’s best love Dec: 22nd 1895.”

Provenance: Morris. — Jenny Morris. — Fitzwilliam Museum
[bequest of Jenny Morris, 1935].

Reference: Bibliography, A36.

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¶ Meinhold — Sidonia the sorceress (1893)

June 9, 2016

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Meinhold, Wilhelm. Sidonia the sorceress. Trans. Francesca Speranza, Lady Wilde. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1893.

Inscribed “to Jenny with William Morris’ best love Nov: 19th 1893.”

Provenance: Morris. — Jenny Morris. — Fitzwilliam Museum [bequest of Jenny Morris, 1935].

Reference: Bibliography, A19.

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¶ Lull — Order of chivalry (1893)

June 9, 2016

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Lull, Ramón. The order of chivalry. Trans. William Caxton. Ed. F. S. Ellis. [and] L’Ordene de chevalerie. Trans. William Morris. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1893.

Inscribed “to Jenny from William Morris April 8th 1893.”

Provenance: Morris. — Jenny Morris. — Fitzwilliam Museum [bequest of Jenny Morris, 1935].

Reference: Bibliography, A13.

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¶ Caxton — History of Reynard the foxe (1893)

June 9, 2016

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Caxton, William, trans. The history of Reynard the foxe. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1892.

Inscribed “to Jenny Morris from William Morris January 17th 1893.”

Provenance: Morris. — Jenny Morris. — Fitzwilliam Museum [bequest of Jenny Morris, 1935].

Reference: Bibliography, A8.

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¶ Morris — Wood beyond the world (1894)

June 8, 2016

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Morris, William. The wood beyond the world. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1894.

Inscribed “to Jenny from William Morris with best love November 23rd 1894.”

Provenance: Morris. — Jenny Morris. — Fitzwilliam Museum [bequest of Jenny Morris, 1935].

Reference: Bibliography, A27.

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¶ Morris — Tale of the Emperor Coustans (1894)

June 8, 2016

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Morris, William, trans. The tale of the Emperor Coustans and of over sea. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1894.

Inscribed “to Jenny With WMs best love Kelmscott Oct: 18th 1894.”

Provenance: Morris. — Jenny Morris. — Fitzwilliam Museum [bequest of Jenny Morris, 1935].

Reference: Bibliography, A26.

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¶ Morris — Tale of King Florus (1894)

June 8, 2016

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Morris, William, trans. The tale of King Florus and the fair Jehane. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1893.

Inscribed “to Jenny With William Morris’ best love December 23rd 1893.”

Provenance: Morris. — Jenny Morris. — Fitzwilliam Museum [bequest of Jenny Morris, 1935].

Reference: Bibliography, A21.

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¶ Morris — Of the friendship of Amis and Amile (1894)

June 8, 2016

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Morris, William, trans. Of the friendship of Amis and Amile. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1894.

Inscribed “to Jenny With WM’s best love April 4th 1894.”

Provenance: Morris. — Jenny Morris. — Fitzwilliam Museum [bequest of Jenny Morris, 1935].

Reference: Bibliography, A23.

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¶ Morris — Tale of Beowulf (1895)

June 8, 2016

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Morris, William, and A. J. Wyatt, trans. The tale of Beowulf. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1895.

Inscribed “to Jenny with W.M.’s best love February 5th 1895.”

Provenance: Morris. — Jenny Morris. — Fitzwilliam Museum [bequest of Jenny Morris, 1935].

Reference: Bibliography, A32.

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¶ Morris — Earthly Paradise (1896–97)

June 8, 2016

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Morris, William. The earthly paradise. 8 vols. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1896–97.

Signed “Jenny Morris” on endpaper. The first three volumes were probably given to her by her father.

Provenance: Morris (?). — Jenny Morris. — Fitzwilliam Museum [bequest of Jenny Morris, 1935].

Reference: Bibliography, A41.

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¶ Swinburne — Atalanta in Calydon (1894)

June 8, 2016

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Swinburne, Algernon C. Atalanta in Calydon. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1893.

Inscribed “Dec: 3rd 1894 to Jenny With WM’s best love.”

Provenance: Morris. — Jenny Morris. — Fitzwilliam Museum [bequest of Jenny Morris, 1935].

Reference: Bibliography, A25.

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¶ Morris — Story of the glittering plain (1894)

June 8, 2016

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Morris, William. The story of the glittering plain. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1894.

Inscribed “To Jenny from WM with best love Feb: 13th 1894.”

Provenance: Morris. — Jenny Morris. — Fitzwilliam Museum [bequest of Jenny Morris, 1935].

Reference: Bibliography, A22.

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¶ Morris — Story of the glittering plain (1891)

June 8, 2016

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Morris, William. The story of the glittering plain. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1891.

Inscribed “to Jenny from William Morris With best love Folkestone June 8th 1891.”

Provenance: Morris. — Jenny Morris. — Fitzwilliam Museum [bequest of Jenny Morris, 1935].

Reference: Bibliography, A1.

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¶ Morris — News from nowhere (1892)

June 8, 2016

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Morris, William. News from nowhere. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1892.

Inscribed “to Jenny from William Morris with best love May 23rd. 1893.”

Provenance: Morris. — Jenny Morris. — Fitzwilliam Museum [bequest of Jenny Morris, 1935].

Reference: Bibliography, A12.

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¶ Morris — Story of Gunnlaug the worm-tongue (1891)

June 8, 2016

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Morris, William, trans. The story of Gunnlaug the worm-tongue and raven the scald. London: privately printed at the Chiswick Press, 1891.

Jenny Morris’s book label. Note by Sydney Cockerell on endpaper: “The initials were designed & painted by William Morris.”

Provenance: Morris. — Jenny Morris. — Fitzwilliam Museum [bequest of Jenny Morris, 1935].

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¶ Rossetti — Sonnets and lyrical poems (1894)

June 8, 2016

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Rossetti, Dante Gabriel. Sonnets and lyrical poems. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1894.

Inscribed “to Jenny with William Morris best love April 26th 1894.”

Provenance: Morris. — Jenny Morris. — Fitzwilliam Museum
[bequest of Jenny Morris, 1935].

Reference: Bibliography, A20a.

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¶ Rossetti — Ballads and narrative poems (1893)

June 8, 2016

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Rossetti, Dante Gabriel. Ballads and narrative poems. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1893.

Inscribed “to Jenny from William Morris with best love.”

Provenance: Morris. — Jenny Morris. — Fitzwilliam Museum [bequest of Jenny Morris, 1935].

Reference: Bibliography, A20.

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¶ Shelley — Poetical works (1894-95)

June 8, 2016

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Shelley, Percy Bysshe. The poetical works of Percy Bysshe Shelley. 3 vols. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1894–95.

Inscribed “to Jenny Dec: 3rd 1894 With WM’s best love.”

Provenance: Morris. — Jenny Morris. — Fitzwilliam Museum [bequest of Jenny Morris, 1935].

Reference: Bibliography, A29.

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¶ Middleton — Notes on three choir-stalls (1891)

May 25, 2016

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Middleton, J. H. “Notes on three choir-stalls from Brampton church, Huntingdonshire.” Proceedings of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society 31 (1891): 28–30.

Offprint, illustrated. Inscribed to Morris.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett (?). — Sotheby 1898 (?). — Tregaskis catalogue, 2 April 1900, no 483 (10s. 6d.). — Unlocated.

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¶ Barlow — History of a world of immortals without a god (1891)

May 23, 2016

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Barlow, James W. History of a world of immortals without a god. Trans. Antares Skorpios. Dublin: W. McGee, 1891.

Presentation copy.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett (?). — Sotheby 1898 (?). — Tregaskis catalogue, 18 September 1899, no. 135 (4s. 6d.). — Unlocated.

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