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¶ Lefèvre d’Étaples — Epistola ad Laodicenses (1512)

March 24, 2016

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Lefèvre d’Étaples, Jacques. Epistola ad Laodicenses . . . epistolae ad Senecam sex. Paris: Henrici Stephani, 15 December 1512.

Illustrated. Morris owned vol. 14 of this commentary on the Pauline epistles.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 514 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 15s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Blackwell’s Rare Books. — Private collector (U.K.).

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¶ Chaucer — Works (1532)

August 5, 2014

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Chaucer, Geoffrey. The workes of Geffray Chaucer newly printed, with dyvers workes whiche were never in print before. Ed. William Thynne. London: Thomas Godfray, 1532.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 352 (sold to Tregaskis for £21 15s.). — Michael Tomkinson. — Sotheby, 6 July 1926, lot 1292. — Albert May Todd. — Sotheby, 10 July 2003 (sold for £40,000, premium included). — Private collection, Virginia.

Reference: Ellis valuation, fol. 49b (£22).


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¶ Morris — Dream of John Ball (1888)

May 24, 2014

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Morris, William. A dream of John Ball, and A king’s lesson. London: Reeves & Turner, 1888.

LP version.

Provenance: Colin Franklin. — Private collection, Metro Vancouver area, B.C., Canada (purchased from Franklin, early 1980s).

Digital version: Internet Archive.

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¶ Shaw — Unsocial socialist (1887)

May 21, 2014

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Shaw, George Bernard. An unsocial socialist. London: Swan Sonnenschein, Lowrey & Co., 1887.

Inscription by Walker: “This volume was given to William Morris by Shaw & acquired by me at his sale. Emery Walker.” Subsequent inscription by his daughter: “and chosen by Alan G. Thomas as a small token for all the work he did for me. Dorothy Walker January 1959.”

Provenance: Morris (gift from Shaw). — Sotheby 1898 (possibly lot 1013, “Socialist Tracts”; sold to Leighton for £1 16s.). — Emery Walker. — Dorothy Walker. — Alan G. Thomas (gift from Dorothy Walker). — Shirley Thomas. — Richard Linenthal (private collection; gift from Shirley Thomas).

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 613.

Digital version: Internet Archive.

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¶ Marx — Capital (1872–75)

May 1, 2014

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Marx, Karl. Le capital. Trans. Joseph Roy. Paris: Maurice Lachatre et Cie, [1872–75].

The first French edition, issued in fascicules. After Morris’s death, Cockerell persuaded T. J. Cobden-Sanderson to write the following note in the book: “This book—Le Capital—was bound and tooled for William Morris in my first workshop in Maiden Lane, 1884, and finished the 9th October, and the pattern on its sides and back is the second of my making. The tools were second-hand and bought—and used—at haphazard, but the binding and the tooling pleased William Morris, and his pleasure was my own great delight. In memoriam I write this the 24th February, 1897. T. J. Cobden-Sanderson. ¶ I should like to add that the book was his own, & before it came to me to be bound had been worn to loose sections by his own constant study of it. T.J. C.-S.” (Journals, 1:385).

The entry from the Sotheby 1898 catalogue (see below) is pasted on an endpaper with this note by Cobden-Sanderson: “Cat. of sale of Lib. of W.M. at Sotheby’s Dec. 8, 1898. T.J. C.-S.” A further inscription adds: “bought at the Morris Sale Dec. 8th, 1898 and presented to Mrs. Cobden-Sanderson by T. G. Bain Sunday Dec. 11th/98.”

Provenance: Morris (purchased in Paris, 1883). — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 676 (sold to Bain for £52). — Bain (booksellers). — Annie Cobden-Sanderson (gift from T. G. Bain, December 1898). — Richard Cobden-Sanderson. — Sotheby, 19 December 1932, lot 31. — Alice Millard (bookseller). — Estelle Doheny. — Edward Laurence Doheny Memorial Library, St. John’s Seminary, Camarillo, Calif. — Christie (New York), 19 May 1989, lot 2235 [Estelle Doheny collection, part 6] — J. Paul Getty (Wormsley Library, private collection, England) — Mark Getty (Wormsley Library).

References: Fletcher, H. George, ed. The Wormsley Library: A Personal Selection by Sir Paul Getty, K.B.E. London: published for the Wormsley Library by Maggs Bros. Ltd., in co-operation with the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, 1999. (See pp. 200–01.) — Sanderson, Thomas J. Journals. 2 vols. London: Richard Cobden-Sanderson, 1926. (See 1:185, 200–03, 384–85, 393.) — Tidcombe, Marianne. The Bookbindings of T. J. Cobden-Sanderson. London: British Library, 1984. (See pp. 60–61.)

Digital version: Gallica.


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¶ Emerson — Poems (1893)

April 28, 2014

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Emerson, Ralph Waldo. Poems. Ed. J. E. Cabot. (Household Edition.) Boston: Houghton Mifflin and Co., Riverside Press, 1893.

With Kelmscott Press printer’s device as bookplate.

Provenance: Morris. — John J. Walsdorf. — Blackwell catalogue (William Morris and the Kelmscott Press, 2016), no. 70 (£250). — Martin Stott.

Digital version: Internet Archive.

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¶ Gomme — Children’s singing games (1894)

February 18, 2014

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Gomme, Alice Bertha, ed. Children’s singing games, with the tunes to which they are sung. London: David Nutt, 1894.

Morris book label. Illustrated by Winifred Smith.

Provenance: Morris. — Sotheby 1898, lot 467 (part; sold to Tregaskis for 15s.). — Mark Samuels Lasner Collection, University of Delaware Library.

Digital version: HathiTrust.


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