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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.  Near-Fine.  (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

Magnússon, Eiríkr, & William Morris (transl.s), and Philip Webb (binding design), VÖLSUNGA SAGA. THE STORY OF THE VOLSUNGS & NIBLUNGS WITH CERTAIN SONGS FROM THE ELDER EDDA. TRANSLATED FROM THE ICELANDIC (London: F.S. Ellis, 1870).  First edition, 19.5 x 13cm (8vo), in publisher's dark green linen w/copper-gilt floral & fauna design by Webb to covers & spine, gilt title to spine, a.e. untrimmed, 275 [xx] pp. +4pp. publ. adverts to rear.  One of 750 copies printed on laid paper by Strangeways & Walden, London.  With the armorial bookplate of Robertson Trowbridge to fr. pastedown, which is inscr. by him in ink: "Virginia Chapin, with [his] affectionate regards, New York, Dec. 23rd 1927."  Binding Very Good (extremities sl. bumped, lower rear cover gilt sl. rubbed, & ep.s foxed w/hinges mended); contents Near-Fine (2 short bore holes to outer edges).  Slater 5, Scott 30, Vaughan 9, Ehrsam & Deily 179, Ball 89-90 & 98, Colbeck 8, LeMire A-6.01.  (Inv. #1238)  C$500

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

LEWIS CARROLL'S COPY
Morris, William, THE DEFENCE OF GUENEVERE, AND OTHER POEMS (London: Bell & Daldy, 1858).  First edition, w/Errata slip sewn in facing p.viii but w/no adverts, & w/the smaller spine ornament w/tail turned to left which Colbeck accepts as the earliest binding variant, 17 x 11cm (small 8vo), in publisher's dark brown fine net-grain cloth w/blind borders to covers & gilt title to spine, terra-cotta ep.s, a.e. untrimmed, [i-vii] viii, [1] 2-248 pp.  The printed Dedication (p.[v]) is to Dante Gabriel Rossetti.  One of 500 copies printed by Charles Wittingham at the Chiswick Press, London.  Provenance: Acquired ca.1858 by Rev. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, w/his signature "CL Dodgson, Ch. Ch." (Christ Church, Oxford) to head of half-title & w/brief autograph notes to pp.51 & 119 which according to pencil notes in another hand under the signature & to recto of rear ep. were made by Dodgson; Catalogue of the ... Library of the Late “Lewis Carroll," E.J. Brooks, Oxford, 10 May [1898], Lot 466; Montgomery Evans II w/his decorative bookplate to fr. pastedown; Pickering of Piccadilly w/their ornate circular bookseller's ticket to fr. pastedown; W. Van R. Whitall w/his decorative leather bookplate to recto of fr. ep.  Dodgson knew most of the Pre-Raphaelites & admired their works, & this book is a prime example of his connection to the group.  Enclosed in its custom-made red cloth slipcase w/½ red morocco spine bearing gilt title.  Slipcase Very Good (small stains to rear & top, & extremities sl. rubbed); binding Good (several small chips to spine cloth, corners sl. bumped, small ink spot to fr. cover, & fr. hinge cracked w/rear starting); contents Near-Fine (occas. lt. thumbing).  References to this copy: J. Stern, Lewis Carroll Bibliophile (White Stone, 1997) item 1559; C. Lovett, Lewis Carroll ... Catalogue of the Private Library (McFarland, [2005]) item 1404.  References to this edition: Slater 1, Scott 2, Vaughan 7, Ashley III 162, Ehrsam & Deily 177, Fredeman 43.11 ("in many respects the most Pre-Raphaelite volume of poetry which the movement produced.... In all that he later accomplished Morris never quite equalled his achievement in The Defence of Guenevere" [p.162]), Colbeck 2 (altho' his has the adverts), LeMire A-2.01.  (Inv. #1325)  C$4,000

Morris, William, THE EARTHLY PARADISE: A POEM [PARTS I & II] (London: F.S. Ellis, 1868).  First edition, first issue (w/the errors on pp. 75 & 92), 19 x 12.5cm (8vo), in publisher's dark green linen w/paper title-label to spine, a.e. untrimmed, [i-ii publ. adverts], 676 (viii) pp. w/titlepage wood engraving by the author after Edward Burne-Jones (repeated on p.[677]), +2pp. publ. adverts to rear.  Printed on wove paper by Strangeways & Walden, London.  Binding Good (extremities sl. worn, title-label chipped, & cloth & ep.s a bit stained); contents Very Good (sl. creasing to 1st few leaves).  Slater 3 (Parts I & II), Scott 3, Vaughan 7, Ehrsam & Deily 177, Fredeman 43.13, Colbeck 6, LeMire A-4.01.  (Inv. #464)  C$200

Morris, William, THE EARTHLY PARADISE: A POEM PART III (London: F.S. Ellis, 1870).  Second edition (in fact a 2nd issue of the 1st edition sheets--see LeMire), 19 x 12.5cm (8vo), in publisher's dark green linen w/paper title-label to spine, [i-ii publ. adverts], 526 [vi] pp. w/titlepage wood engraving by the author after Edward Burne-Jones (repeated on p.[527]).  Printed on laid paper by Strangeways & Walden, London.  Binding Good (head of spine chipped, rear cover dampstained, & lower corners bumped); contents Near-Fine.  Vaughan 7, LeMire A-4.05.1.  (Inv. #465)  C$100

Morris, William, THE EARTHLY PARADISE: A POEM PART IV (London: F.S. Ellis, 1870).  First edition, 19 x 12.5cm (8vo), in publisher's dark green linen w/paper title-label to spine, a.e. untrimmed, 442 [vi] pp. w/titlepage wood engraving by the author after Edward Burne-Jones (repeated on p.[443]), + replacement titlepage & spine label for the 1st edition of Parts I & II ("for owners ... who might wish to render their set uniform in appearance" [Colbeck 12]) tipped in after p.[444] & 8pp. publ. cat. to rear.  Printed on laid paper by Strangeways & Walden, London.  Binding Very Good (spine label chipped, corner tips sl. worn, & ep.s a bit browned); contents Near-Fine.  Slater 3 (Part IV), Scott 3, Vaughan 7, Ehrsam & Deily 177, Fredeman 43.13, Colbeck 11, LeMire A-4.08.  (Inv. #587)  C$200

Morris, William, et. al. (contrib.s), and Norman Macleod (ed.), GOOD WORDS FOR 1869 (London: Strahan & Co., 1869).  First edition, 23.5 x 16.5cm (8vo), in 19thC. tan half calf w/marbled boards, raised bands, gilt decorations & title to spine, marbled edges, aqua ep.s, 886 [viii] pp. w/numerous wood engravings after Arthur Hughes, John Leighton, etc., & literary contributions by Morris ("Hapless Love"), William Gilbert, etc.  Printed by Virtue & Co., London.  Binding Very Good (extremities moderately rubbed); contents Near-Fine.  Scott 112, LeMire D-21.  (Inv. #534)  C$50

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 ODYSSEY OF HOMER DONE INTO ENGLISH VERSE (London: Reeves & Turner, 1887).  Two volumes, first editions, "Small Paper" issue, 23 x 18cm (large 8vo), in publisher's ½ vellum over slate blue boards w/paper title-labels to spines, a.e. untrimmed, 450 [viii + viii] pp. +2pp. publ. adverts to rear of Vol. I.  Printed on watermarked "Spalding" handmade paper by Strangeways & Sons, London.  With the armorial bookplate of Robert Ellis Cunliffe, & bookplate of Robert Coupe (the Morris scholar), both to fr. pastedowns.  Bindings Very Good (title-labels browned, corner-tips sl. rubbed, & ep.s moderately browned); contents Near-Fine (deckle edges sl. browned).  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. #1162)  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 in several issues of the 1886 Commonweal, Forman asked Morris (or so he says 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 & would require extensive editing.  So, HBF waited until after Morris's death & printed the poem w/spurious titlepage date.  Binding Very Good (moderate stains to wraps); contents Very Good (gutter between pp.16 & 17 separating).  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 (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, 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, 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, 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: 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, a.e. untrimmed, [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 the armorial bookplate of Joseph Lucas, & decorative bookplate of Harry Francis Cunningham, both to fr. pastedowns.  A classic example of Morris's utopian vision.  Bindings Good (spines darkened w/labels thereon moderately chipped, some corners a bit bumped & worn, & hinges cracked); contents Very Good (a few brown streaks).  Forman 163, Scott 16, Colbeck 78, LeMire A-80.02.  (Inv. #1201)  C$500

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).  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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