Tag Archives: sagas

¶ Saga pess haloflega Herra Olafs Tryggvasonar (1689–90)

August 22, 2017

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Saga pess haloflega Herra Olafs Tryggvasonar Noregs Kongs. 2 vols. Skálholt, Iceland: H. Kruse, 1689–90.

The publication date in the Sotheby catalogue (1739) is an apparent error.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 901 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £3 10s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Unlocated.


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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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¶ Magnússon — Volsünga saga (1870)

April 14, 2017

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Magnússon, Eiríkr, and William Morris, trans. Volsünga saga. The story of the Volsungs and Niblungs, with certain songs from the elder Edda. London: F. S. Ellis, 1870.

Large paper.

Provenance: Morris. — Jane Morris. — May Morris. — Mary Lobb. — Lobb sale 2, lot 472 (part; sold for £2 10s.) — Unlocated.

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¶ Morris — Saga library (1891–96)

April 12, 2017

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Morris, William, and Eiríkr Magnússon, trans. The saga library. 6 vols. London: Bernard Quaritch, 1891–96.

Large paper. Presentation copy to Jane Morris.

Provenance: Morris. — Jane Morris. — May Morris. — Mary Lobb. — Lobb sale 2, no. 485 (bought in for £21). — Unlocated.

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¶ Two sagas

March 30, 2017

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The following titles are bound together:

[1] Hávardðdar saga Ísfirðings. Copenhagen: Berlingske Bogtrykkeri ved N. H. Stenderup, 1860.

[2] Tvaer sögur af Gísla Súrssyn. Copenhagen: Brødrene Berlings Bogtrykkeri, 1849.

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Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1002 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 10s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Walter Emery — Beinecke Library, Yale University (2000 2112).


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¶ Morris — Saga library (1891–95)

March 9, 2017

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Morris, William, and Eiríkr Magnússon, trans. The saga library. 5 vols. London: Bernard Quaritch, 1891–95.

Large paper. A sixth volume was published in 1896, the year of Morris’s death.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 837 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £3 3s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Unlocated.

Digital version: Internet Archive [vol. 1, vol. 2, vol. 3].


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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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¶ Munch — Saga Olafs konungs Tryggvasunar (1853)

February 20, 2017

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Munch, P. A., ed. Saga Olafs konungs Tryggvasunar. Christiania: Brøgger & Christie’s bogtrykkeri, 1853.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 430 (part; sold to Tregaskis for 20s.). — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 913.


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¶ Verelius — Hervarar saga (1672)

February 16, 2017

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Verelius, Olof. Hervarar saga på gammal götska med Olai Vereli vttolkning och notis. Uppsala: Henricus Curio, 1672.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1185 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 15s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Unlocated.


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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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¶ Morris — Story of the ere-dwellers (1892)

February 9, 2017

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Morris, William, and Eiríkr Magnússon, trans. The story of the ere-dwellers. Saga Library, vol. 2. London: Bernard Quaritch, 1892.

Large paper edition. Inscribed “to Janey from W.M. with best love November 30th 1891.”

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

References: LeMire, p. 164. — MS catalogue (2), no. 836.

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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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¶ Sigurðsson — Íslendínga sögur (1848)

February 7, 2017

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Sigurðsson, Jón, and C. C. Rafn, eds. Íslendínga sögur. 2 vols. Copenhagen: S. L. Möllers bogtrykkeri, 1848.

Morris seems not to have owned the final two volumes in the set.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 902.

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¶ Fornmanna sögur (1825–37)

January 19, 2017

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Fornmanna sögur. 12 vols. Copenhagen: Prentaðar hjá H. F. Popp [etc.], 1825–37.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 842 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £2). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Unlocated.

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¶ Melstað — Nýja sagan (1868–83)

January 18, 2017

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Melstað, Páll. Nýja sagan. 2 vols. Reykjavik: 1868–83.

Morris appears to have owned an incomplete set.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 447 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for 18s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Unlocated.


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¶ Kristni-Saga (1773)

January 16, 2017

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Kristni-Saga. Copenhagen: Godiche, 1773.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 851 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 12s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 910.


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¶ Njála (1875–89)

January 5, 2017

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Njála: udgivet efter gamle håndskrifter. 2 vols. Copenhagen: Thieles bogtr., 1875–89.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 657 (sold to Henry Wellcome for 10s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 383.


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¶ Sigurðsson — Íslendínga sögur (1843–89)

January 4, 2017

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Sigurðsson, Jón, and others, eds. Íslendínga sögur. 4 vols. Copenhagen: S. L. Möllers bogtrykkeri, 1843–89.

Morris owned only the first two volumes. With some translations and notes by Morris in the second volume.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 848 (sold to Tregaskis for £13 10s.). — Unlocated.


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¶ Oddsson — Fóstbrædra-saga (1822)

December 22, 2016

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Oddsson, Gunnlaugur, ed. Fóstbrædra-saga, edr, Sagan af Þorgeiri Havarssyni ok Þormódi Bersasyni Kolbrúnarskalldi. Copenhagen: Prentuð hiá Thiele, 1822.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 844 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 12s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 911.

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¶ Sagan Landnama (1688)

December 8, 2016

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Sagan Landnama vm fyrstu bygging Islands af nordmønnum. Skalhollte: Druckt af H. Kruse, 1688.

First Icelandic saga printed in Iceland.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 893.

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¶ Unger — Karlamagnus saga ok kappa hans (1860)

December 5, 2016

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Unger, C. R., trans. Karlamagnus saga ok kappa hans. Christiania: H. J. Jenson, 1860.

Misdated in Sotheby 1898.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 849 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £4 8s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Unlocated.

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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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¶ Eyjólfsson — Sagan Landnama (1688)

November 30, 2016

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Eyjólfsson, Einar, ed. Sagan Landnama vm fyrstu bygging Islands af nordmønnum. Skálholt, Iceland: H. Kruse, 1688.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 898 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £3 12s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Unlocated.


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¶ Faeregyinga saga (1833)

November 29, 2016

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Faeregyinga saga. Copenhagen: Verlag der Schubotheschen Buchhandlung, 1833.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 839 (sold to Henry Wellcome for 15s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 852.


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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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¶ 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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¶ Grundtvig — Saemundar Edda (1868)

October 21, 2016

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Grundtvig, Sven, ed. Saemundar Edda. Copenhagen: Glydendal, 1868.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1000 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £2 2s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 157.


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¶ Sagan af Gunlaugi Ormstungu (1775)

October 7, 2016

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Sagan af Gunlaugi Ormstungu ok Skalld-Rafni sive Gunnlaugi Vermilinguis et Rafnis-Poetae vita. Copenhagen, 1775.

Provenance: King Christian VII. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 896 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £2 10s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 897.


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¶ Head — Viga-Glum’s saga (1866)

September 9, 2016

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Head, Sir Edmund, trans. Viga-Glum’s saga: the story of Viga-Glum. Williams and Norgate, 1866.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 616.

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¶ Hjaltalin — Orkneyinga saga (1873)

August 11, 2016

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Hjaltalin, Jon A., and Gilbert Goudie, trans. The Orkneyinga saga. Ed. Joseph Anderson. Edinburgh: Edmonston and Douglas, 1873.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 999 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1). — Henry Wellcome. — English Faculty Library, Oxford University [Turville-Petre Collection TP818].

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 850.


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¶ Rafn — Fornaldar Sögur Nordrlanda (1829)

June 28, 2016

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Rafn, Carl Christian. Fornaldar Sögur Nordrlanda. Copenhagen: Poppske, 1829.
Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 841 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 12s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Unlocated.
Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 888.

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¶ Sturluson — Heimskringla (1777–1826)

June 4, 2016

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Sturluson, Snorri. Heimskringla edr Noregs konunga-sögor. Ed. Gerhard Schöning, Börge Thorlacius, Skúli Thórđarson Thorlacius, and Erich Christian Werlauff. 6 vols. Copenhagen: Augusti Friderici Stenii, 1777–1826.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 581 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £4) [where it is misdated]. — Henry Wellcome. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 799.


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¶ Thorkelin — Egils-saga (1809)

May 5, 2016

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Thorkelin, G., ed. Egils-saga. Copenhagen: Jo. R. Thiele, 1809.

Provenance: G. Thorkelin. — Gudmund Peterson. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 894 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £4 10s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 369.


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¶ Kölbing — Riddarasögur (1872)

January 29, 2016

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Kölbing, Eugen, ed. Riddarasögur: Parcevals saga. Strassburg and London: Trübner, 1872.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 853 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for £3 3s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Unlocated.

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¶ Unger — Morkinskinna (1867)

November 28, 2015

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Unger, Carl Richard. Morkinskinna. Pergamentsbog fra første halvdel af det trettende aarhundrede. Christiania: Det forr. B. M. Bentzen’s bogtrykkeri, 1867.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 853 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for £3 3s.). — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 794.

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¶ Vigfusson — Sturlunga saga (1878)

September 22, 2015

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Vigfusson, Gudbrand, ed. Sturlunga saga, including the Islendinga saga of lawman Sturla Thordsson and other works. 2 vols. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1878.

Provenance: Morris. — Jane Morris. — May Morris. — Mary Lobb. — Lobb sale 1, lot 43 (sold for £1 12s.). — Unlocated.

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¶ Sturlason — Saga Olafs Konungs ens Helga (1853)

September 8, 2015

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Sturlason, Snorri. Saga Olafs Konungs ens Helga. Ed. P. A. Munch and C. R. Unger. Christiana: C. C. Werner, 1853.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. Sotheby 1898, lot 853 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for £3 3s.). — Unlocated.


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¶ Jónsson — Orkneyinga saga (1780)

September 8, 2015

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Jónsson, Jon [Jonas Jonaeus], ed. Orkneyinga saga sive Historia Orcadensium a prima Orcadum per Norvegos occupatione ad exitum seculi duodecimi. Hafniae: P. F. Suhm, 1780.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 900 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 4s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores EPB / C 39250/C).

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 900.


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¶ Magnússon — Grettis saga (1869)

July 21, 2015

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Magnússon, Eiríkr, and William Morris, trans. Grettis saga. The story of Grettir the strong. London: F. S. Ellis, 1869.

Signed “William Morris.” Signed “McMinn 15 February 1933.”

Provenance: Morris. — Harry Lee. — Ney L. MacMinn. — Society of Antiquaries (Kelmscott Manor) [gift of MacMinn].

Reference: LeMire, p. 47.

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¶ Magnússon — Grettis saga (1869)

June 14, 2015

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Magnússon, Eiríkr, and William Morris, trans. Grettis saga: the story of Grettir the strong. London: F. S. Ellis, 1869.

Inscribed “Jane Morris with WM’s best love.”

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

Reference: LeMire, p. 46.

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¶ Magnússon — Volsünga saga (1870)

June 13, 2015

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Magnússon, Eiríkr, and William Morris, trans. Volsünga saga. The story of the Volsungs and Niblungs, with certain songs from the elder Edda. London: F. S. Ellis, 1870.

Signed “Jane Morris.”

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

Reference: LeMire, p. 51.

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¶ Dasent — Story of Burnt Njal (1861)

May 29, 2015

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Dasent, George Webbe. The story of Burnt Njal, or life in Iceland at the end of the tenth century. From the Icelandic of the Njals saga. 2 vols. Edinburgh: Edmonston and Douglas, 1861.

Provenance: Morris. — Jane Morris. — May Morris. — Mary Lobb. — Lobb sale 1, lot 44 (part; sold for £1). — Unlocated.

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¶ Keyser — Olafs Saga hins helga (1849)

May 6, 2015

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Keyser, Rudolf, and Carl Richard Unger. Olafs Saga hins helga: en kort Saga om Kong Olaf den hellige fra anden halvdeel af det tolfte aarhundrede. Christiania: Feilberg & Landmarks Forlag, 1849.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 290.

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¶ Peringskiöld — Wilkina saga (1715)

October 20, 2014

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Peringskiöld, Johan Fredrik. Wilkina saga, eller Historien om konung Thiderich af Bern och hans Kaempar. Stockholm, 1715.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1211 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1). — Unlocated.


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¶ Dasent — Story of Gisli the outlaw (1866)

April 21, 2014

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Dasent, George Webbe. The story of Gisli the outlaw, from the Icelandic. Edinburgh: Edmonston and Douglas, 1866.

Illustrated by C. E. St. John Mildmay.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 280 (sold to Shepherd for 11s.). — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 909.

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¶ Dasent — Story of Burnt Njal (1861)

April 21, 2014

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Dasent, George Webbe. The story of Burnt Njal, or life in Iceland at the end of the tenth century. From the Icelandic of the Njals saga. 2 vols. Edinburgh: Edmonston and Douglas, 1861.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 231 (sold to Bain for £1 9s.). — Unlocated.

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¶ Johnstone — Antiquitates Celto-Scandicae (1786)

April 9, 2014

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Johnstone, James, ed. Antiquitates Celto-Scandicae sive series rerum gestarum inter nationes Britannicarum insuralum et gentes septentrionales. Copenhagen: printed by A. F. Stein, 1786.

See also Johnstone, James, ed. Antiquitates Celto-Normannicae.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 498 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for 1s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores EPB / C  30556/C).

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¶ Major — Sagas and songs of the Norsemen (1894)

March 28, 2014

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Major, Albany F. Sagas and songs of the Norsemen. London: David Nutt, 1894.

Presentation copy to Morris.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 629 (part; sold to Tregaskis for £2 2s.). — Unlocated.

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¶ Haflidason — Life of Laurence (1890)

March 26, 2014

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Haflidason, Einar. The life of Laurence, Bishop of Hólar in Iceland (Laurentius saga). Trans. Oliver Elton. London: Rivingtons, 1890.

Inscribed “From the Translator.”

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 619 (part; sold to Tregaskis for £1 3s.). — Tregaskis catalogue, 18 September 1899, no. 291 (21s.). — Mark Samuels Lasner. — Mark Samuels Lasner Collection, University of Delaware Library.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 119.

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