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WILLIAM MORRIS
(1834-1896, British polymath)



The following is a representative selection of items relating to Morris.



Faulkner, Peter (ed.), THE LETTERS OF JANE MORRIS TO WILFRID SCAWEN BLUNT TOGETHER WITH EXTRACTS FROM BLUNT'S DIARIES (Exeter: University of Exeter, 1986).  First edition, 21 x 14.5cm, in publisher's midnight-blue embossed calico-grain cloth w/gilt title to spine, 136 [xii] pp. +4pp. Index, in pictorial dust-jacket.  Printed & bound by A. Wheaton & Co. Ltd., Exeter.  Dust-jacket Very Good (small rectangular piece clipped from lower edge of fr. flap); binding Fine; contents Fine.  (Inv. #866)  C$50

Faulkner, Peter, WILFRID SCAWEN BLUNT AND THE MORRISES (Hammersmith: William Morris Society, 1981).  First edition, 21.5 x 14cm, sewn into publisher's lilac card wraps w/printed title & Kelmscott design to fr. cover, 48 pp.  Printed by the Journeyman Press, London.  A Near-Fine copy.  (Inv. #1132)  C$20

Faulkner, Peter (ed.), WILLIAM MORRIS: THE CRITICAL HERITAGE (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd., 1973).  First edition, 21.5 x 13.5cm, in publisher's blue cloth w/gilt title to spine, 465 (xiii [+i +iii]) pp., in mylar-protected pictorial dust-jacket.  From the library of Louis Fisher, w/his seal to fr. ep.  Dust-jacket Near-Fine; binding Near-Fine; contents Near-Fine.  (Inv. #634)  C$100

Forman, H[arry]. Buxton, THE BOOKS OF WILLIAM MORRIS DESCRIBED WITH SOME ACCOUNT OF HIS DOINGS IN LITERATURE AND IN THE ALLIED CRAFTS (London: Frank Hollings, 1897).  First edition, 22.5 x 14.5cm (8vo), in publisher's burgundy buckram w/gilt title to spine, t.e.g. (others untrimmed), cream ep.s, 224 (xv) pp. w/numerous full-page & in-text illus., +frontis portrait & two full-page plates w/original tissue-guards.  Printed by Billings & Sons, Guildford.  Binding Good (extremities sl. bumped & rubbed, spine sl. sunned w/moderate spotting to covers, & ep.s a bit browned); contents Near-Fine.  Ashley II 130 (Large Paper), Fredeman 43.1, Colbeck 105.  (Inv. #1195)  C$250

Gerard, David, WALTER CRANE AND THE RHETORIC OF ART (London: The Nine Elms Press, 1999).  First edition, 25.5 x 16cm, in publisher's red Morris "Willow" pattern stiff paper wraps w/printed title to fr. cover, 26 [vi] pp. +publ. colophon & 3 blanks to rear.  One of "350 copies set in 12-point Monotype Caslon and printed at Whittington for Harold Smith on Sommerville Laid paper" & signed by the author (colophon).  Near-Fine.  (Inv. #1133)  C$30

Mackail, J[ohn]. W[illiam]., BIBLIA INNOCENTIUM: BEING THE STORY OF GOD'S CHOSEN PEOPLE BEFORE THE COMING OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST UPON EARTH, WRITTEN ANEW FOR CHILDREN (Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1892).  First edition, 21 x 14.5cm (large 8vo), in publisher's vellum w/4 silk ties (all intact), gilt title to spine, deckle edges, [i-vi], i-viii, [1] 2-249 [250-52] almost entirely unopened pp. w/ornamental border to p.[1] & numerous floriated initials thru-out.  One of 200 copies printed in Golden type on Flower paper.  The author was Edward Burne-Jones's son-in-law & Morris's eventual biographer.  Provenance: from the library of the noted bibliophile Lord Wardington w/his bookplate to rear pastedown, & then sold after his death at Sotheby's (The Wardington Library Bibles), 12 July 2006 Lot 160.  Binding Very Good (spine & adjoining edges of covers moderately stained [possibly sl. water damage from the famous fire at Wardington Manor--see the above link], & fr. ep.s sl. spotted); contents Near-Fine (deckle edges a bit dusty).  Forman pp.164 & 220, Peterson A9.  (Inv. #1395)  C$3,000

Magnússon, Eiríkr, and William Morris (transl.s), GRETTIS SAGA. THE STORY OF GRETTIR THE STRONG TRANSLATED FROM THE ICELANDIC (London: F.S. Ellis, 1869).  First edition, 18 x 12cm (8vo), in ½ russet crushed morocco over aqua paper-covered boards w/gilt dots & embossed lines to covers & gilt title & embossed lines to spine, aqua ep.s, 306 (xxiv) pp. w/Indexes to rear, +2pp. map following p.xxiv.  One of 500 copies printed on machine-wove paper by Strangeways & Walden, London.  Binding Very Good (top & fore-edge of fr. cover faded [less so to rear], & pastedowns faded); contents Near-Fine.  Colbeck 7, LeMire A-5.01.  (Inv. #1379)  C$600

Morris, May (ed. & Introductions by), THE COLLECTED WORKS OF WILLIAM MORRIS (London: Longmans Green & Co., 1910-1915).  Twenty-four volumes (but see Note below), first editions thus (except for Vol. VIII, Journals of Travel in Iceland, & Vol. XXIV, Scenes from the Fall of Troy, which are first printings), 23 x 15.5cm (tall 8vos), uniformly bound in publisher's holland-backed boards w/paper title-labels to spines, a.e. untrimmed, each vol. w/frontis & several full-page plates (many photographed by Emery Walker & some w/tissue-guards) & most w/tipped-in replacement spine labels.  Stated Limited Edition of 1050 copies (of which 1000 were for sale; this set is #253) printed on "Antique Wove" paper at the Arden Press, Letchworth.  Note: Volume XIX, which contains The Well at the World's End Vol. II, is lacking & has been replaced by a copy of the 1910 Longmans edition bound in similar format.  Bindings Good (extremities moderately worn, a few w/moderate soiling to covers, hinges cracked, & a few spine labels chipped w/sl. loss); contents Near-Fine--all in all quite a nice set even w/the bindings' flaws & the replacement vol.  Fredeman 43.21, LeMire A-126.01 & passim.  (Inv. #1359)  C$2,500

Morris, May (ed. & Introduction by), THE COLLECTED WORKS OF WILLIAM MORRIS... VOLUME I, THE DEFENCE OF GUENEVERE, THE HOLLOW LAND (London: Longmans Green & Co., 1910).  First edition thus, 23 x 15.5cm (tall 8vo), in publisher's holland-backed boards w/replacement paper title-label to spine, a.e. untrimmed, 372 [xxxx] pp. w/tissue-guarded frontis & 1 full-page illus.  Stated Limited Edition of 1050 copies (of which 1000 were for sale; this copy is #1024) printed on "Antique Wove" paper at the Arden Press, Letchworth.  Binding Good (extremities moderately bumped & worn, & spine & boards a bit stained); contents Near-Fine.  Fredeman 43.21, LeMire A-2.09.  (Inv. #1351)  C$300

Morris, May (ed. & Introduction by), THE COLLECTED WORKS OF WILLIAM MORRIS... VOLUME V, THE EARTHLY PARADISE, A POEM [PART] III (London: Longmans Green & Co., 1911).  First edition thus, 23 x 15.5cm (tall 8vo), in publisher's holland-backed boards w/paper title-label to spine, a.e. untrimmed, 396 [xxxvi] pp. w/tissue-guarded frontis (portrait of Jame Morris by D.G. Rossetti photographed by Emery Walker) & 3 other illus.  With replacement title label tipped in to fr. hinge.  Stated Limited Edition of 1050 copies (of which 1000 were for sale; this copy is #745) printed on "Antique Wove" paper at the Arden Press, Letchworth.  Binding Very Good (moderate soiling to boards); contents Near-Fine.  Fredeman 43.21, LeMire A-4.19.  (Inv. #1360)  C$300

Morris, May (ed. & Introduction by), THE COLLECTED WORKS OF WILLIAM MORRIS... VOLUME VI, THE EARTHLY PARADISE, A POEM [PART] IV (London: Longmans Green & Co., 1911).  First edition thus, 23 x 15.5cm (tall 8vo), in publisher's holland-backed boards w/paper title-label to spine, a.e. untrimmed, 396 [xxxvi] pp. w/tissue-guarded frontis (portrait of Jenny Morris by D.G. Rossetti photographed by Emery Walker) & 2 other illus., in its Original Glassine Dust-Jacket.  With replacement title label tipped in to fr. hinge.  Stated Limited Edition of 1050 copies (of which 1000 were for sale; this copy is #745) printed on "Antique Wove" paper at the Arden Press, Letchworth.  Dust-jacket Good- (creased & edge-chipped w/small sections of lower spine & fr. panel lacking); binding Near-Fine; contents Near-Fine.  Fredeman 43.21, LeMire A-4.19.  (Inv. #1361)  C$300

Morris, May (ed. & Introduction by), THE COLLECTED WORKS OF WILLIAM MORRIS... VOLUME XI, THE ÆNEIDS OF VIRGIL (London: Longmans Green & Co., 1911).  First edition thus, 23 x 15.5cm (tall 8vo), in publisher's holland-backed boards w/paper title-label to spine, a.e. untrimmed, 286 [xxxii] pp. w/frontis after a drawing by Edward Burne-Jones & 2 full-page illus. after Burne-Jones & Morris, all photographed by Emery Walker & w/original tissue-guards.  With replacement title label tipped in to fr. hinge.  Stated Limited Edition of 1050 copies (of which 1000 were for sale; this copy is #1024) printed on "Antique Wove" paper at the Arden Press, Letchworth.  Presentation Copy stamped to heads of titlepage, pp.ix & xi.  Binding Good (extremities moderately bumped & worn, spine & label darkened, & fr. board a bit stained); contents Near-Fine.  Fredeman 43.21, LeMire A-11.06.  (Inv. #1354)  C$300

Morris, May (ed. & Introduction by), THE COLLECTED WORKS OF WILLIAM MORRIS... VOLUME XVII, THE WOOD BEYOND THE WORLD, CHILD CHRISTOPHER, OLD FRENCH ROMANCES (London: Longmans Green & Co., 1913).  First edition thus, 23 x 15.5cm (tall 8vo), in publisher's holland-backed boards w/paper title-label to spine, a.e. untrimmed, 366 [xlvii] pp. w/tissue-guarded frontis & 1 full-page drawing by D.G. Rossetti photographed by Emery Walker, & both w/original tissue-guards.  With replacement title label tipped in to fr. hinge.  Stated Limited Edition of 1050 copies (of which 1000 were for sale; this copy is #1024) printed on "Antique Wove" paper at the Arden Press, Letchworth.  Binding Good (extremities moderately bumped & worn, spine & label darkened, boards a bit stained, & rear hinge cracked); contents Near-Fine.  Fredeman 43.21, LeMire A-74.04.  (Inv. #1355)  C$300

Morris, William (transl.), THE ÆNEIDS OF VIRGIL DONE INTO ENGLISH VERSE (London: Ellis & White, 1876).  First edition, 19.5 x 14.5cm (8vo), in publisher's indigo linen w/paper title-label to spine, a.e. untrimmed, 382 [iv] pp.  Printed on laid paper by John Strangeways, London.  From the library of William E. Fredeman, the Pre-Raphaelite scholar.  Binding Good (extremities moderately bumped & sl. worn, spine label browned & worn, cover cloth moderately bubbled, & ep.s a bit dusty w/fr. hinge cracked); contents Near-Fine (infrequent lt. foxing).  Slater 8, Scott 32, Ashley III 168, Ehrsam & Deily 178, Colbeck 16, LeMire A-11.01.  (Inv. #1188)  C$100

Morris, William (1834-1896, British polymath), AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED.  Unpublished ALS to Sidney Colvin written on 26 Queen Square, Bloomsbury letterhead printed on watermarked "Kent" handmade paper, dated March 5th 1881, enclosing a one-guinea cheque (not present) in payment for some facsimilies ("I can scarce believe in the figure, 'tis so cheap"), signed "William Morris."  One side w/blank integral leaf, approx. 40 words.  Near-fine.  Not in Kelvin.  (Inv. #889)  C$1,200

Morris, William, A DREAM OF JOHN BALL, AND A KING'S LESSON (London: Reeves & Turner, 1888).  First edition, 16.5 x 12.5cm (8vo), in publisher's burgundy linen w/gilt title to fr. cover & spine, a.e. untrimmed, 143 (viii) pp. +etching by Edward Burne-Jones ("When Adam Delved and Eve Span") facing p.[1] & 1p. publ. adverts to rear.  Printed on machine-wove paper by Strangeways & Sons, London.  Binding Good (extremities moderately bumped & worn, & spine tips chipped); contents Very Good (sl. offset from the illus., & occas. toning).  Colbeck 42, LeMire A-45.01 ("LeM copy" binding).  (Inv. #1391)  C$300

Morris, William, FEARLESS REST & HOPEFUL WORK (n.p.: Privately Printed, November 2006).  17.5 x 12.5cm (small 4to), sewn into original St. Armand Canal Blue Denim card wraps, [8] pp.  Stated Limited Edition of 75 copies (this copy is nr. 9), the pamphlet is a Christmas keepsake printed for Robert Coupe (the Morris scholar) in red & black on Hahnemühle Biblio handmade paper by the Barbarian Press.  A Fine copy.  (Inv. #1346)  C$40

Morris, William, GOTHIC ARCHITECTURE: A LECTURE FOR THE ARTS AND CRAFTS EXHIBITION SOCIETY (Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1893).  First edition, first state (w/the typos on pp.41 ["gilds"] & 45 ["Van Eyk"]), 14.5 x 10.5cm (small 8vo), in publisher's Turner-grey holland-backed boards w/printed title to fr. cover, a.e. untrimmed, [i-ii], [1] 2-68 [69-72] pp. w/running shoulder notes printed in red & numerous floriated initials.  One of 500 1st issue copies (another 1000 corrected copies were later produced) printed in Golden type on Flower paper.  With the armorial bookplate of F. Reginald Kitson to fr. pastedown.  Binding Very Good (lt. soiling & age-toning to outer edges of covers); contents Near-Fine.  Forman 146, Peterson A18, Colbeck 64, LeMire A-66.01.  (Inv. #1380)  C$1,200

Morris, William, HOPES AND FEARS FOR ART (NY: Longmans Green & Co., 1905).  19 x 13cm (8vo), in publisher's burgundy buckram w/paper title-label to spine, t.e.g., cream ep.s, 217, [iv] pp., +publ. advert leaf to rear.  From the library of William E. Fredeman, the Pre-Raphaelite scholar.  Binding Very Good (extremities sl. bumped & rubbed, spine sl. faded w/title-label somewhat worn, & ep.s a bit dusty); contents Near-Fine (occas. lt. pencil markings).  LeMire A-21.02.4.  (Inv. #1191)  C$50

Morris, William, THE LIFE AND DEATH OF JASON, A POEM (London: Bell & Daldy, 1867).  First edition, 19 x 12.5cm (8vo), in publisher's cherry linen w/paper title-label to spine, 363 [iv] pp. +corrected Errata slip tipped in facing p.[iv] & 1p. publ. adverts to rear.  Printed on machine-moulded paper by Whittingham & Wilkins at the Chiswick Press, London.  Binding Fair (tips & edges of darkened spine worn away, fr. joint & hinge mended, & prev. owner's inscr. to recto of fr. ep.); contents Near-Fine.  Slater 2, Scott 2, Vaughan 7, Ashley III 163, Ehrsam & Deily 177, Colbeck 5, LeMire A-3.01.  (Inv. #1387)  C$100

Morris, William, THE LIFE & DEATH OF JASON, A POEM (London: Longmans Green & Co., 1914).  15.5 x 10.5cm (small 8vo), in publisher's dark green linen w/embossed design to fr. cover & gilt title & design to spine, t.e.g., cream ep.s, silk ribbon marker, 331 [iv] pp.  Printed by Ballantyne Hanson & Co., Edinburgh.  Inscribed to recto of fr. ep.: "Mrs. Grogan, with much love from C.J. Peers, July 12 1920."  Binding Good (extremities moderately bumped & rubbed, spine gilt faded, cloth a bit bubbled & sl. stained, & ep.s browned); contents Near-Fine.  LeMire A-3.09.1.  (Inv. #1348)  C$50

Morris, William, LOVE IS ENOUGH, OR THE FREEING OF PHARAMOND. A MORALITY (London: Ellis & White, 1873).  First edition, 19 x 14cm (8vo), in publisher's dark green linen w/gilt floral design & title by the author to fr. cover, gilt title to spine, a.e. untrimmed, cream ep.s w/binder's ticket (Burn & Co.) to rear pastedown, 134 [viii] pp. +2pp. publ. adverts to rear.  Printed on machine-wove paper by John Strangeways, London.  With the armorial bookplate of Annie Freeman to fr. pastedown, & sig. of Annie Holborn to recto of fr. ep.  One of the prev. owners has transcribed excerpts from 2 of Morris's letters to the rear ep.s, the 1st being a 3 Oct. 1870 letter to his wife, and the 2nd dating from Mar. 1876.  Binding Good (extremities moderately bumped & worn, some bubbling to cloth, & hinges mended); contents Near-Fine (deckle edges a bit dusty).  Slater 6, Vaughan 7, Ashley III 167, Ehrsam & Deily 177, Fredeman 43.14, Colbeck 14, LeMire A-8.01.  (Inv. #1368)  C$150

Morris, William, LOVE IS ENOUGH, OR THE FREEING OF PHARAMOND. A MORALITY (London: Ellis & White, 1873).  First edition, 18.5 x 13.5cm (8vo), bound by Riviere (stamped to verso of fr. ep.; this binding pre-dates 1880, after which the firm styled itself as Riviere & Son) in burnt orange calf w/gilt ruling to covers & gilt decorations & title to spine, a.e. & ep.s marbled, 134 [vi] p.  Printed on machine-wove paper by John Strangeways, London.  With the armorial bookplate of Alfred Gathoine Hardy to fr. pastedown.  Binding Good (rebacked w/most of the original spine laid down, extremities moderately worn, some staining & marks to covers, & hinges reinforced); contents Near-Fine (1st & final few leaves sl. browned).  Slater 6, Vaughan 7, Ashley III 167, Ehrsam & Deily 177, Fredeman 43.14, Colbeck 14, LeMire A-8.01.  (Inv. #1366)  C$150

Morris, William, MONOPOLY: OR, HOW LABOUR IS ROBBED (London: Office of The Commonweal, 1890).  First edition, 18.5 x 12.5cm (8vo), in publisher's paper wraps w/single centrefold staple, printed title & design by Walter Crane to fr. cover & publ. adverts to rear, 15 pp. w/illus. by an unknown artist (and not by Arthur Hughes as has been claimed) to verso of fr. cover.  Printed by the Socialist League Printery, London.  Good+ (spine starting at top & bottom, short closed tear [not affecting the text] to fore-edges of final 2 leaves, & infrequent lt. stains).  This 1st edition is decidedly uncommon.  Colbeck 61 (a later reprint), LeMire A-49.01.  (Inv. #1378)  C$150

Morris, William, MONOPOLY: OR, HOW LABOUR IS ROBBED (London: W. Reeves, n.d. [ca. late 1900]).  "Freedom" Library edition, 18.5 x 12.5cm (8vo), in publisher's paper wraps w/single centrefold staple, printed title & design by Walter Crane to fr. cover & publ. adverts to rear, 15 pp. w/illus. by an unknown artist to verso of fr. cover.  Good+ (staple rusted, & covers a bit stained at edges).  LeMire A-49.01.3.  (Inv. #1382)  C$50

Morris, William, NEWS FROM NOWHERE OR AN EPOCH OF REST, BEING SOME CHAPTERS FROM A UTOPIAN ROMANCE (London: Reeves & Turner, 1891).  First English edition, 19.5 x 13cm (large 8vo), in publisher's midnight blue linen w/gilt title to fr. cover & spine, deckle edges, pale yellow ep.s, [i-ii], [1] 2-238 pp.  Large Paper Copy printed by Bowden Hudson & Co., London (see LeMire pp.142-43, his 4th binding).  Binding Good (extremities sl. bumped & worn, & cloth moderately rubbed); contents Good (1st & final several leaves moderately browned, & most outer margins sl. darkened).  Fredeman 43.17, Colbeck 54, LeMire A-50.02 (LP).  (Inv. #1401)  C$700

Morris, William, A NOTE BY WILLIAM MORRIS ON HIS AIMS IN FOUNDING THE KELMSCOTT PRESS TOGETHER WITH A SHORT DESCRIPTION OF THE PRESS BY S.C. COCKERELL, & AN ANNOTATED LIST OF THE BOOKS PRINTED THEREAT (Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1898).  First edition, 20.5 x 14cm (8vo), in publisher's holland-backed boards w/printed title to fr. cover, a.e. untrimmed, [i-ii], [1] 2-70 [71-72] pp. w/floral border to p.[1], 3 floral designs for Love is Enough to p.9, 4 large ornate initials to pp.66-69, & Morris's Kelmscott floral design to p.70, +tissue-guarded frontis wood engraving by Morris after Edward Burne-Jones (Psyche Borne Off by Zephyrus), errata slip tipped in before p.[1], & 3 unpaginated blank leaves to fr. & 1 to rear.  One of 525 copies printed in black & red Golden type on Flower paper, w/5 pp. printed in Troy & Chaucer types.  With the armorial bookplate of James Curle FSA (1862-1944, Scottish archæologist) to fr. pastedown; also w/cat. clippings from 2 London booksellers & an 1982 letter from the William Morris Society, all loosely inserted.  Binding Near-Fine (minor marks to covers); contents Near-Fine--a truly brilliant copy.  Peterson A53, LeMire A-88.01.  (Inv. #1381)  C$2,500

Morris, William, THE ODYSSEY OF HOMER DONE INTO ENGLISH VERSE (London: Reeves & Turner, 1887).  Two volumes, first editions, 25 x 19cm (large 8vo), in publisher's parchment-backed brown blotch-pattern boards w/paper title-labels to spines, deckle edges, [i-v] vi-vii [viii], [1] 2-230 [231-32, blanks]; & [i-v] vi-vii [viii], [231] 232-450 pp.  One of approx. 50 Large Paper Copies printed on watermarked "John Dickinson & Co." handmade paper by Strangeways & Sons, London.  With the decorative bookplate (designed by Edwin Davis French) of James Hale Bates (1826-1901, the New York travel writer) & bookseller's ticket of Henry Sotheran & Co. to both fr. pastedowns.  Bindings Good (Vol. I's upper fr. corner & Vol. II's corners bumped, Vol. II's spine sl. darkened, & ep.s moderately browned & wrinkled); contents Near-Fine.  Ashley III 172-73, LeMire A-40.01 (LP).  (Inv. #1402)  C$900

Morris, William, THE ODYSSEY OF HOMER DONE INTO ENGLISH VERSE (London: Reeves & Turner, 1887).  Two volumes, first editions, "Small Paper" issue, 22.5 x 17.5cm (large 8vo), in publisher's slate blue boards expertly rebacked w/new vellum & spine labels & ep.s, deckle edges, [i-v] vi-vii [viii], [1] 2-230; & [i-v] vi-vii [viii], [231] 232-450 pp.  Printed on watermarked "Spalding" handmade paper by Strangeways & Sons, London.  Bindings Very Good (moderate staining to boards, & corners sl. bumped & rubbed); contents Very Good (Vol. I's half-title somewhat browned [Vol. II's less so], & deckle edges a bit dusty).  Slater 11, Scott 32, Ashley III 172-73 (Large Paper), Ehrsam & Deily 179, Colbeck 35 ("Vol. 1 published in April & vol. 2 in November"), LeMire A-40.01.  (Inv. #1398)  C$400

Buxton Forman Piracy
Morris, William, THE PILGRIMS OF HOPE: A POEM IN THIRTEEN BOOKS (London: [Privately printed], 1886 [but in fact a piracy printed in 1897]).  Pirated edition, 19.5 x 14.5cm (8vo), in original pale grey thin card wraps w/printed title to fr. cover, [i-iv], [1-5] 6-69 [70-72] pp.  Printed on machine-moulded paper by Richard Clay, London.  After the poem appeared serially in the 1885-86 Commonweal, Forman asked Morris (or so he claims in this book's prefatory Note) for permission to reprint them as a whole, but Morris refused on the grounds that the poem was incomplete (despite the final chapter being entitled "The Story's Ending") & would require extensive editing.  So, Forman waited until after Morris's death & had the poem printed w/spurious titlepage date.  Binding Very Good (moderate stains to wraps); contents Very Good (gutter between pp.16 & 17 separating).  Buxton Forman Morris 93 & pp.200-02, Ashley III 171, Barker & Collins A Sequel Dossier 207, W.E. Fredeman "The Story of a Lie" (Review 7 1985) pp.274 284 & 292-93, LeMire E-9.  (Inv. #1341)  C$1,000

Morris, William, POEMS BY THE WAY (Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1891).  First edition, 20.5 x 14.5cm (small 4to), in publisher's vellum w/gilt title to spine, 4 ties, deckle edges, [i-iv], [1] 2-197 pp. w/ornamental border to p.[1], numerous floriated initials thru-out, & Morris's Kelmscott device to p.197, +2 blank leaves to fr. & 4 to rear, in its custom-made slipcase covered in marbled paper.  One of 300 copies printed in red & black Golden type on Flower paper.  Presentation Copy w/loosely inserted KP-printed slip reading "GIVEN BY MRS WILLIAM MORRIS IN MEMORY OF HER HUSBAND 1897" (no recipient is identified).  Binding Near-Fine (lt. offsetting from the ties to lower ep.s); contents Fine--an exemplary copy.  Forman 126, Ashley III 175, Peterson A2 & D10.10, LeMire A-59.01.  (Inv. #1383)  C$5,400

Morris, William, POEMS BY THE WAY (London: Reeves & Turner, 1891).  First edition thus (preceded in the same year by the Kelmscott Press edition), 22 x 18cm (4to), in publisher's cream linen w/gilt title to fr. cover & spine, a.e. untrimmed, 196 [xii] pp. +2 blank leaves to rear.  Stated Limited Edition (16/100) Large Paper Copy printed on watermarked "Van Gelder Zonen" handmade paper at the Chiswick Press, London.  Binding Good (spine & edges of covers a bit browned, extremities moderately bumped, & ep.s browned); contents Near-Fine.  Slater 18 (claims that this issue preceded the Kelmscott edition by 6 months), Scott 10-11, Vaughan 7-8, Ehrsam & Deily 178, Fredeman p.165, Colbeck 56, LeMire A-59.02 (LP).  (Inv. #916)  C$400

Morris, William, POEMS BY THE WAY (London: Reeves & Turner, 1891).  First trade edition, 18.5 x 14cm (small 4to), in publisher's cherry buckram w/gilt title to fr. cover & spine, a.e. untrimmed, 196 [vi] pp. (a couple of gatherings unopened) +1p. publ. adverts to fr.  Printed on chain-lined paper by C. Whittingham & Co. at the Chiswick Press, London.  Binding Good (extremities sl. bumped & rubbed, spine & edges of covers a bit sunned w/rear cover stained, joints mended, & ep.s browned); contents Near-Fine.  Slater 18 (claims that this issue preceded the Kelmscott edition by 6 months), Scott 10-11, Vaughan 7-8, Ehrsam & Deily 178, Fredeman p.165, LeMire A-59.02.  (Inv. #1349)  C$100

Morris, William, THE ROOTS OF THE MOUNTAINS WHEREIN IS TOLD SOMEWHAT OF THE LIVES OF THE MEN OF BURGDALE THEIR FRIENDS THEIR NEIGHBOURS THEIR FOEMEN AND THEIR FELLOWS IN ARMS (London: Reeves & Turner, 1890 [late 1889]).  First edition, 18.5 x 14cm (small 4to), in publisher's burgundy linen w/paper title-label to spine, a.e. untrimmed, 424 [vi] pp. +publ. advert leaf preceding half-title & 32pp. publ. cat. (dated Dec. 1889) to rear.  One of 1000 copies printed on machine-laid paper by Charles Whittingham & Co. at the Chiswick Press, London.  Inscribed to recto of fr. ep.: "M. T. Chernocke Smith, August 1893"; also from the library of Eric S. Quayle w/his 1964 decorative bookplate to fr. pastedown.  Binding Good (extremities moderately bumped & rubbed, spine a bit darkened & discoloured w/label thereon worn & obscured, & ep.s foxed); contents Near-Fine (deckle edges sl. foxed).  Slater 15, Scott 13-14, Vaughan 9, Ashley III 174, Ehrsam & Deily 178, Colbeck 46, LeMire A-48.01.  (Inv. #1337)  C$200

Morris, William, THE STORY OF THE GLITTERING PLAIN WHICH HAS BEEN ALSO CALLED THE LAND OF LIVING MEN OR THE ACRE OF THE UNDYING (London: Reeves & Turner, 1891).  First trade edition, 18.5 x 14cm (small 4to), in publisher's speckled cherry buckram w/gilt title to fr. cover & spine, cream ep.s, a.e. untrimmed, 172 [vi] pp. +1p. publ. adverts facing p.[i].  Printed on machine-wove paper by C. Whittingham & Co. at the Chiswick Press, London.  With the 1964 decorative bookplate of Eric S. Quayle to fr. pastedown.  Binding Good (spine & edges of covers moderately faded, extremities sl. bumped, & ep.s a bit stained); contents Near-Fine (deckle edges a bit dusty).  Colbeck 55, LeMire A-54.02.  (Inv. #1363)  C$150

Morris, William, THE STORY OF SIGURD THE VOLSUNG AND THE FALL OF THE NIBLUNGS (London: Ellis & White, 1877).  First edition, first issue, 20 x 14.5cm (8vo), in publisher's dark green linen w/paper title-label to spine, a.e. lightly trimmed, [i-v] vi-vii [viii], [1] 2-392 pp. (entirely unopened after p.41).  Printed on machine-laid paper by John Strangeways, London.  Presentation Copy inscr. to head of half-title: "[name excised] from his friend William Morris, Nov: 22nd 1876" (the identity of the recipient is a genuine mystery--traces of a couple of letters remain below the cutoff line, suggesting that each of the names had a tailed letter); also w/the decorative bookplate of Charles Alexander Morell Miller (engraved by Stern, Paris) to fr. pastedown.  Binding Good (extremities moderately bumped & sl. rubbed, spine label a bit rubbed & obscured, sl. bubbling to boards, & ep.s glued at hinges); contents Near-Fine.  Slater 9, Ashley III 169, Ehrsam & Deily 178, Fredeman 43.15, Colbeck 18, LeMire A-12.01.  (Inv. #1372)  C$1,400

Morris, William, THE SUNDERING FLOOD (London etc.: Longmans Green & Co., 1898 [©1897]).  First trade edition, 21 x 14cm (tall 8vo), in publisher's burgundy buckram w/paper title-label to spine, deckle edges, cream ep.s, 373 [viii] pp. +map tipped in facing p.[1] & 1p. publ. adverts to rear.  Printed on machine-moulded paper by John Wilson & Son at the University Press, Cambridge MA.  Binding Very Good (extremities sl. bumped & rubbed, spine & title-label a bit darkened, & ep.s sl. toned); contents Near-Fine (deckle edges a bit dusty).  Peterson A26, Colbeck 84, LeMire A-86.02.  (Inv. #1377)  C$100

Morris, William, and A.J. Wyatt (transl.s), THE TALE OF BEOWULF SOMETIME KING OF THE FOLK OF THE WEDER GEATS (London: Longmans Green & Co., 1898).  First trade edition (after the Kelmscott Press edition of 1895), 18.5 x 12cm (8vo), rebound in ½ brown linen over lt. grey linen boards, russet ep.s, 191 (x) pp.  Printed on machine-laid paper by Ballantyne Hanson & Co., Edinburgh & London.  From the collection of Edward Curwen w/his sig. to head of half-title.  Binding Good (sl. lean, moderate soiling to boards, & rear ep. lacking); contents Near-Fine.  Colbeck 85, LeMire A-77.02.  (Inv. #1399)  C$200

Morris, William (transl.), THE TALE OF THE EMPEROR COUSTANS AND OF OVER SEA (Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1894).  First edition thus, 14.5 x 10.5cm (small 8vo), in publisher's holland-backed boards w/black title to fr. cover, a.e. untrimmed [i-iv], [1] 2-130 pp. w/elaborately designed frontis, titlepage & pp.[40-41], numerous floriated initials & typeface leaves thru-out, running shoulder notes printed in red, +2 blank leaves to fr. & 4 to rear.  One of 525 copies printed in red & black Chaucer type on Perch paper.  Association Copy w/the self-designed bookplate (signed w/his initials) of Arthur J. Gaskin to fr. pastedown.  Gaskin illus. the KP Shepheardes Calendar, & Gordon Ray declared that his "12 designs are perhaps the mnost successful of Kelmscott Press illustrations" (Ray 259).  Gaskin also produced at least 19 designs for the KP Well at the World's End, but Morris & Webb "did not think they would quite do" (see Peterson A39).  Binding Very Good (lt. spotting to covers & ep.s); contents Near-Fine (occas. lt. spotting).  Forman 153, Ashley III 176, Peterson A26, Colbeck 71, LeMire A-73.01.  (Inv. #1388)  C$3,000

Morris, William, A TALE OF THE HOUSE OF THE WOLFINGS AND ALL THE KINDREDS OF THE MARK WRITTEN IN PROSE AND IN VERSE (London: Reeves & Turner, 1889).  First edition, 20 x 14cm (8vo), in publisher's burgundy linen w/paper title-label to spine, a.e. untrimmed, [i-viii], [1] 2-199 [200] pp. +32pp. publ. cat. (dated Feb. 1889) to rear.  Printed by Charles Whittingham & Co. at the Chiswick Press, London (publ. cat. printed by Hudson & Co., London).  Presentation Copy inscribed by the recipient to head of titlepage: "Presented to Robson Roose by the Author."  In early October 1892 Jane Morris consulted Dr. Roose about her increasing "melancholia," & he advised that if she failed to travel at once to a warmer climate she would "break down entirely, and pass beyond the help of any doctor--he begged to see my husband so as to impress him fully with my need for leaving" (Peter Faulkner, JM's Letters to W.S. Blunt [U. of Exeter, 1986], p.70).  On 16 November Jane & William departed for Bordighera--he returned home after a few days & Jane returned the following Spring, w/much-improved health & spirits.  Dr. Roose was also Lord Randolph Churchill's family physician.  Binding Good (title label browned & a bit chipped, extremities sl. bumped & worn w/string marks to edges of fr. cover, & ep.s sl. browned); contents Very Good (occas. lt. spots).  Slater 14, Scott 13, Vaughan 7, Ashley III 173-74 (Large Paper), Ehrsam & Deily 178, Colbeck 44, LeMire A-47.01.  (Inv. #1017)  C$500

Morris, William, TRUE AND FALSE SOCIETY (London: Socialist League Office, 1888).  First edition thus, 18.5 x 12.5cm (8vo), in publisher's paper wraps w/design by Walter Crane & printed title to fr. cover, & adverts for Socialist Literature to rear, [24] pp.  A Near-Fine copy (sl. toning to outer edges).  LeMire A-37.02.  (Inv. #1397)  C$100


Morris, William, THE WATER OF THE WONDROUS ISLES (London: Longmans Green & Co., 1897).  First trade edition (after the Kelmscott Press edition), 20.5 x 13.5cm (tall 8vo), in publisher's burgundy buckram w/paper title-label to spine, a.e. untrimmed, cream ep.s, 553 (x) pp.  Printed on laid paper by John Wilson & Son at the University Press, Cambridge MA.  From the library of William E. Fredeman, the Pre-Raphaelite scholar.  Binding Very Good (extremities sl. bumped & rubbed, spine sl. faded w/title-label thereon a bit worn, & ep.s moderately toned); contents Near-Fine.  Colbeck 82, LeMire A-84.02.  (Inv. #1190)  C$100

Morris, William, THE WELL AT THE WORLD'S END: A TALE (London etc.: Longmans Green & Co., 1896).  Two volumes, first printing, first trade edition (printed in 1893 but delayed by the Kelmscott Press edition--see Colbeck), 22.5 x 13.5cm (tall 8vos), in publisher's holland-backed boards w/paper title-labels to spines, deckle edges, [i-iv] v-vii [viii], 1-378 [379-84]; & [i-iv] v-vi, [1-2] 3-279 [280-84] pp.  Printed on watermarked "B A S" handmade paper at the Chiswick Press by Charles Whittingham & Co., London.  With "In the beginning was the word" bookplates to fr. ep.s.  That this book inspired Tolkien's LOTR is confirmed by the fact that one of its characters is named "Gandolf."  Bindings Good (labels chipped, & extremities moderately bumped & worn); contents Good (prev. owner's inscr. to rectos of fr. ep.s, & occas. ink markings).  Forman 163, Scott 16, Colbeck 78, LeMire A-80.02.  (Inv. #1390)  C$600

Morris, William, THE WOOD BEYOND THE WORLD (London: Lawrence & Bullen, 1895).  First trade edition (after the Kelmscott Press edition), 19.5 x 14cm (8vo), in publisher's burgundy buckram w/gilt title to spine, a.e. untrimmed, 250 (vi) pp. w/publ. device designed & signed by Walter Crane to titlepage, +publ. colophon to rear.  Printed on laid paper by Charles Whittingham & Co. at the Chiswick Press, London.  Signed by A.J.M. Elliot to recto of fr. ep.  Binding Good (extremities bumped & worn, spine edges starting, cloth unevenly faded, & ep.s a bit dusty); contents Very Good (outer margins moderately age-toned).  Colbeck 74, LeMire A-74.02.  (Inv. #1340)  C$100

Poulson, Christine, MORRIS, BURNE-JONES & THE QUEST FOR THE HOLY GRAIL ... THE KELMSCOTT LECTURE 1998 (Hammersmith: William Morris Society, 2001).  First edition, 21 x 15cm, in publisher's pale grey card wraps w/printed title to fr. cover, [28] [iv] pp. +8 unpaginated colour & b&w plates between pp.12 & 13.  Printed on chain-lined paper (no watermarks found) by Goaters, Nottingham.  Near-fine.  (Inv. #1338)  C$20




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