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¶ Keats — Poems (1894)

July 3, 2015

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Keats, John. The poems of John Keats. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1894.

No inscription or signature. Enclosed note (typed): “Please forgive me. I’ve been racked with guilt for years.” Handwritten note below the typed note: “This book was removed from the Library at Kelmscott and its absence noted in a letter to Mr A R Dufty and to the Library Committee. It was returned in a plain envelope in March of this year (1979). ¶ The inscription to May has been removed as has the blind stamp.”

Provenance: Morris. — May Morris. — Oxford University [bequest of May Morris]. — Society of Antiquaries of London (Kelmscott Manor) [for some time in the hands of an unidentified thief].

Reference: Bibliography, A24.

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¶ Dickens — Complete works (19th cent.)

July 2, 2015

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Dickens, C. The complete works of Charles Dickens in thirty volumes. Ed. Richard Garnett. London: Chapman & Hall, [various dates].

Illustrated.

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

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 598.

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¶ Meinhold — Sidonia the sorceress (1893)

July 2, 2015

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

Inscribed “to May with William Morris’ best love December 2nd 1893.” With pencilled notes on rear endpaper.

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

Reference: Bibliography, A19.

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¶ Morris — Proofs of “Cupid and Psyche” illustrations (1860s?)

July 2, 2015

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Morris, William. A bound collection of proofs of illustrations for “The story of Cupid and Psyche.”

The illustrations were designed by Edward Burne-Jones and engraved by Morris and a few of his friends. They date from the 1860s, but the planned illustrated edition of The earthly paradise was never completed or published.

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

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 302.

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¶ Burton — Anatomy of melancholy (1651)

July 2, 2015

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Burton, Robert [pseud. Democritus Junior]. The anatomy of melancholy. 6th ed. Oxford: printed for Henry Cripps and to be sold by Andrew Cook, Henry Cripps, and Lodowick Lloyd, 1651.

With a portrait of Jane Morris by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Christmas, 1873, on a flyleaf.

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

Reference: ESTC (R29167).

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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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¶ Dante con l’espositioni di Christoforo Landino (1578)

June 30, 2015

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Dante Alighieri. Dante con l’espositioni di Christoforo Landino, et d’Alessandro Vellutello. Venetia: Appresso Giovambattista, Marchiò Sessa, et fratelli, 1578.

Illustrated. No inscription or signature. “£1–5–” written on a flyleaf.

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

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¶ Pliny — Historie of the world (1601)

June 29, 2015

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Pliny, the Elder [Plinius]. The historie of the world, commonly called the naturall historie of C. Plinius Secundus. Trans. Philemon Holland. 2 vols. London: printed by Adam Islip [vol. 1] and G. B. [Bishop] [vol. 2], 1601.

Inscribed “to May from William Morris March 25th 1892.”

Provenance: Morris (purchased for £1 5s.). — May Morris. — Oxford University [bequest of May Morris]. — Society of Antiquaries of London (Kelmscott Manor).

References: ESTC (S115918) [vol. 1]. — ESTC (S94749) [vol. 2]. — MS catalogue (1), fol. 9. — MS catalogue (2), no. 685 (with three X’s next to it).

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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).

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¶ Chaucer — Works (1896)

June 26, 2015

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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 May with William Morris’ best love June 12th 1896.”

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

Reference: Bibliography, A40.

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¶ Book of common prayer (1629)

June 26, 2015

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The book of common prayer. [Cambridge]: printed by Thomas and John Buck, 1629.

Record of Morris family marriage, births, and deaths on flyleaf (see below).

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

References: ESTC (S122906). — MS catalogue (2), no.  94.

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¶ Swinburne — Studies in song (1880)

June 22, 2015

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Swinburne, Algernon C. Studies in song. London: Chatto & Windus, 1880.

Inscribed “William Morris from his friend A. C. Swinburne.”

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

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 231.

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¶ Oxford and Cambridge magazine (1856)

June 22, 2015

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The Oxford and Cambridge magazine for 1856. London: Bell and Daldy, 1856.

Signed “Jane Morris Kelmscott.” Laid in is a note from Bernard Newdigate to May Morris, 1 December 1912, identifying many of the anonymous contributors, and May Morris in turn has added those names to the table of contents (see photo below).

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

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¶ Dante — Vita nova (1829)

June 21, 2015

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Dante Alighieri. Vita nova. Pesaro: Tipographia Nobili, 1829.

Inscribed “Jane Morris from DG Rossetti 1878.”

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

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¶ Poe — Poetical works (1853)

June 21, 2015

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Poe, Edgar Allan. The poetical works of Edgar Allan Poe. London: Addey & Co., 1853.

Illustrated.

Signed “William Morris Exeter Coll: Oxon.”

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

Reference: MS catalogue 2, no. 257.

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¶ Morris — Odyssey (1887)

June 19, 2015

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Morris, William, trans. The Odyssey of Homer. 2 vols. London: Reeves and Turner, 1887.

Large paper edition. Inscribed “to Janey from William Morris May 17th 1887.”

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

Reference: LeMire, p. 113.

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¶ Morris — Odyssey (1887)

June 19, 2015

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Morris, William, trans. The Odyssey of Homer. 2 vols. London: Reeves and Turner, 1887.

Large paper edition. Inscribed “to May Morris with William Morris best love March 25th 1887.”

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

Reference: LeMire, p. 113.

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¶ Morris — Sigurd the Volsung (1877)

June 19, 2015

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Morris, William. The story of Sigurd the Volsung and the fall of the Niblungs. London: Ellis and White, 1877.

Inscribed “Mary Morris with William Morris best love Dec: 1876.”

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

Reference: LeMire, p. 68.

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¶ Morris — Poems by the way (1891)

June 19, 2015

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

Inscribed “to Janey with William Morris’ best love.” Vellum copy.

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

Reference: Bibliography, A2.

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¶ Herrick — Poems (1895)

June 19, 2015

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Herrick, Robert. Poems chosen out of the works of Robert Herrick. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1895.

Inscribed “to May with WM’s best love Feb 14th 1896.”

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

Reference: Bibliography, A37.

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¶ Milnes — Life, letters, and literary remains of John Keats (1848)

June 19, 2015

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Milnes, Richard Monckton. Life, letters, and literary remains of John Keats. 2 vols. London: Edward Moxon, 1848.

Vol. 2 only. Signed “D G Rossetti 1859.”

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

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¶ More — Utopia (1893)

June 19, 2015

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More, Sir Thomas. Utopia. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1893.

Inscribed “to May from WM Oct: 8th 1893.”

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

Reference: Bibliography, A16.

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¶ Lefevre — Recuyell of the historyes of Troye (1892)

June 19, 2015

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Lefevre, Raoul. The recuyell of the historyes of Troye. Ed. H. Halliday Sparling. 3 vols. in 2. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1892.

Inscribed “To May William Morris’ best love November 28th 1892.”

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

Reference: Bibliography, A8.

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¶ Longfellow — Poetical works (1851)

June 19, 2015

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Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. The poetical works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. London: David Bogue for J. Walker, 1851.

Illustrated.

Signed “William Morris.” Calling card of Miss Sedgwick laid in.

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

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 259.

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¶ Longfellow — Prose works (1851)

June 19, 2015

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Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. The prose works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. London: David Bogue, 1851.

Illustrated. Signed “William Morris.”

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

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 259.

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¶ Holy Bible (1715)

June 18, 2015

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The holy Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments. Oxford: printed by John Baskett, 1715.

Illustrated. Signed “William Morris Woodford Hall.” The family Bible of Morris’s parents.

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

Reference: ESTC (T82341).

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¶ Morris — Tale of King Florus (1893)

June 14, 2015

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

Inscribed “to May Sparling with William Morris best love December 29th 1893.”

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

Reference: Bibliography, A21.

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¶ Morris — News from nowhere (1892)

June 14, 2015

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

Frontispiece by C. M. Gere. Inscribed “To May with WM’s best love March 25th 1893.”

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

Reference: Bibliography, A12.

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¶ Morris — Story of the glittering plain (1891)

June 14, 2015

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

Inscribed “To May Sparling from William Morris May 16th 1891.”

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

Reference: Bibliography, A1.

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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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¶ Morris — Roots of the mountains (1890)

June 14, 2015

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

Inscribed “to May from William Morris with best love November 20th 1889.”

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

Reference: LeMire, p. 133.

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¶ Morris — Dream of John Ball (1888)

June 14, 2015

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

Illustrated by Edward Burne-Jones. Inscribed “Jane Morris from William Morris April 1st 1888.”

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

Reference: LeMire, p. 118.

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¶ Morris — Dream of John Ball (1888)

June 14, 2015

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

Illustrated by Edward Burne-Jones. Inscribed “May Morris from William Morris March 31st 1888.”

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

Reference: LeMire, p. 118.

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¶ Morris — Signs of change (1888)

June 13, 2015

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

Inscribed “To May Morris from William Morris May 19th 1888.”

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

Reference: LeMire, p. 125.

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¶ Morris — Tale of the Emperor Coustans (1894)

June 13, 2015

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

Inscribed “To May from WM. Oct 9th 1894.”

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

Reference: Bibliography, A26.

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

June 13, 2015

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

Inscribed “To May with WM’s best love April 7th 1894.”

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

Reference: Bibliography, A23.

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¶ Morris — Child Christopher (1895)

June 13, 2015

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

Inscribed “To May from WM with WM’s best love September 22nd 1895” (vol. 1); signature “May” (vol. 2).

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

Reference: Bibliography, A35.

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¶ Ellis — Psalmi penitentiales (1894)

June 13, 2015

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

Inscribed “To May with WM’s best love Dec: 12th 1894.”

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

Reference: Bibliography, A30.

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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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¶ Morris — Roots of the mountains (1890)

June 13, 2015

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

Inscribed “to Janie with Will’s best love December 4th 1889.”

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

Reference: LeMire, p. 133.

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¶ Savonarola — Epistola de contemptu mundi (1894)

June 13, 2015

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Savonarola, Girolamo. Epistola de contemptu mundi. Ed. Charles Fairfax Murray. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1894.

Illustrated by Fairfax Murray. Inscribed “To May with WMs best love Jan: 29th 1895.”

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

Reference: Bibliography, A31.

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¶ Ellis — Syr Perecyvelle of Gales (1895)

June 13, 2015

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Ellis, F. S., ed. Syr Perecyvelle of Gales. Hammersmth: Kelmscott Press, 1895.

Frontispiece by Edward Burne-Jones. Inscribed “To May from William Morris with best love May 20th 1895.”

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

Reference: Bibliography, A33.

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¶ Morris — Aeneids of Virgil (1876)

June 13, 2015

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Morris, William, trans. Aeneids of Virgil. 2 vols. London: Ellis & White, 1876.

Inscribed “Janey from WM Nov: 13th 1875.”

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

Reference: LeMire, p. 65.

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¶ Morris — Story of the glittering plain (1891)

June 13, 2015

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

Inscribed “To Janey with William Morris best love.” Vellum copy.

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

Reference: Bibliography, A1.

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¶ Morris — News from nowhere (1891)

June 13, 2015

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Morris, William. News from nowhere. London: Reeves and Turner, 1891.

Large paper edition. Inscribed “To May Sparling with William Morris’ best love March 25th 1891.”

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

Reference: LeMire, p. 141.

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¶ Morris — News from nowhere (1891)

June 13, 2015

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Morris, William. News from nowhere. London: Reeves and Turner, 1891.

Large paper edition. Inscribed “To Janey with William Morris best love May 5th 1894.”

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

Reference: LeMire, p. 141.

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¶ Morris — Signs of change (1888)

June 13, 2015

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

Large paper edition. Inscribed “To Janey from William Morris May 17th 1888.”

Provenance: Morris. — Jane Morris. — May Morris. — Mary Lobb. — Lobb sale 2, lot 479 (part; bought in for £12 10s.). — Society of Antiquaries of London (Kelmscott Manor).

References: LeMire, p. 125. — MS catalogue (2), no. 172.

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¶ Keats — Poetical works (1854)

June 13, 2015

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Keats, John. The poetical works of John Keats. London: Edward Moxon, 1854.

Illustrated, with a memoir by Richard Monckton Milnes. Signed “William Morris Exeter Coll: Oxon.”

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

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 258.

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¶ Swinburne — Mary Stuart (1881)

June 13, 2015

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Swinburne, Algernon C. Mary Stuart: a tragedy. London: Chatto & Windus, 1881.

Inscribed “William Morris from his friend A. C. Swinburne.”

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

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 227.

Digital version: HathiTrust.

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¶ Biblia latina (1478)

March 30, 2015

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Biblia latina. Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 14 April 1478.

Inscribed “To May from Wm October 9th 1893.”

Provenance: Edward Hailstone. — William Morris. — May Morris. — Oxford University [bequest of May Morris]. — Society of Antiquaries of London (MR 30d).

Reference: ISTC (ib00557000).

Digital version: BSB.

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