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Morris Study

Guide to the William Morris Collection

Details about important primary and secondary sources on William Morris with an emphasis on material available in the University of Maryland Libraries' collections. A selection of external resources are included.

Books
Kelmscott Press Publications
Morris's Personal Library
Manuscripts
Ephemera
Auction/Dealer Catalogs
Secondary Sources at University of Maryland Libraries
Resources beyond University of Maryland Libraries

William Morris on the Special Collections Blog

William Morris on Flickr


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The Roots of the Mountain

The Roots of the Mountain

by William Morris. London: Reeves and Turner, 1890.

William Morris's The Roots of the Mountains was originally published by Reeves and Turner in 1889.

The Roots of the Mountain

The Roots of the Mountain

by William Morris. London: Reeves and Turner, 1890.

This 1890 edition is bound in Morris & Co.'s "Honeysuckle" fabric. According to Sydney Cockerell, Morris considered this volume "the best-looking book issued since the 17th Century".

William Morris Memorial Poem

William Morris Memorial Poem

by Kelmscott Press Employees. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1896.

This poem was written and printed by Kelmscott Press employees shortly after the death of William Morris on October 3, 1896. This is the only known copy still in existence.

Earthly Paradise

Earthly Paradise

by William Morris. Boston: Reeves and Turner, 1890.

The gold design that appears on this green binding of the Earthly Paradise was designed by William Morris in 1890. This copy was inscribed by Morris to his wife's sister, Elizabeth Burden.

Earthly Paradise

Earthly Paradise

by William Morris. London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1900.

The intricate flower and leaf design was later reproduced with a red background for the 1900 edition by Longmans.

Good King Wenceslas: A Carol

Dr. Neale. Good King Wenceslas: A Carol

Illustrated by Arthur J. Gaskin with an Introduction by William Morris. Birmingham: Cornish Brothers, 1895.

In the introduction to Good King Wenceslas, Morris remarked that this classic Christmas poem appealed to him "as a happy memory of past days."

Good King Wenceslas: A Carol

Dr. Neale. Good King Wenceslas: A Carol

Illustrated by Arthur J. Gaskin with an Introduction by William Morris. Birmingham: Cornish Brothers, 1895.

This 1895 edition is illustrated by Morris's friend Arthur J. Gaskin, who also produced woodcut illustrations for the Kelmscott Press edition of The Shepheardes Calendars.

Child Christopher and Goldilind the Fair

Child Christopher and Goldilind the Fair

by William Morris. Portland, Maine: Thomas B. Mosher, 1900.

William Morris originally published Child Christopher in 1895. Collector Jack Walsdorf notes that this 1900 edition, published by the American fine press pioneer, Thomas Mosher, has an "unusual binding, vellum overboards, with an underlay design imitative of embroidery, and two inlaid green leather labels."

The Poems of John Keats, 1894

The Boke of Cupide, God of Love, or, The Cuckow and the Nightingale

by Sir Thomas Clanvowe. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1896.

The Boke of Cupid is an allegorical poem written by Sir Thomas Clanvowe in the 15th century. In the poem, the narrator witnesses an argument about the nature of love between a nightingale and a cuckoo. The nightingale defends love's virtue, while the scornful cuckoo denounces love's capricious nature. This edition, printed at Morris's Kelmscott Press, features oversized illuminated letters and titles printed in red ink.

William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones, 1874

The Defence of Guenevere and Other Poems

by William Morris. Illustrated by Jessie M. King. London: J. Lane, 1904.

The Defence of Guenevere was originally published in 1858, when William Morris was twenty-four years old. This 1904 edition was illustrated by Scottish artist Jessie M. King, who was known for her Art Nouveau designs and contributions to the Arts and Crafts Movement. King also designed the decorative binding.

The Tale of Beowulf, 1895

The Defence of Guenevere and Other Poems

by William Morris. Illustrated by Jessie M. King. London: J. Lane, 1904.

The History of Godefrey of Boloyne, 1893

The Defence of Guenevere and Other Poems

by William Morris. Illustrated by Jessie M. King. London: J. Lane, 1904.

The History of Godefrey of Boloyne, 1893

The Defence of Guenevere and Other Poems

by William Morris. Illustrated by Jessie M. King. London: J. Lane, 1904.

Sidonia the Sorceress, 1983

Invitation to View a Tapestry from Morris & Co., April 1890

In addition to selling products for private homes, Morris & Co. created a variety of furnishings for religious institutions, including stained glass and tapestries. This invitation offers the opportunity to view an Arras tapestry designed by Edward Burne-Jones for the chapel at Exeter College, Oxford.

Of the Friendship of Amis and Amile, 1894

Invitation to Socialist League Meetings, February 15th, 1890

Morris established the Hammersmith Branch of the Socialist League in 1885 with Eleanor Marx, Walter Crane, Ernest Belford Bax, and others. The branch held regular public meetings at the foot of the Hammersmith Bridge on Sunday mornings, as well as lectures every Sunday evening at Morris's Kelmscott home. The Socialist League also organized social events. This invitation promises a night of music and a play.

Laudes Beatae Mariae Virginis, 1896

Some German Woodcuts of the Fifteenth Century

Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1898.

William Morris collected early printed books, particularly illustrated and illuminated works. Some German Woodcuts of the Fifteenth Century contains thirty-five illustrations reproduced from books in his personal library.

The Poems of John Keats, 1894

Some German Woodcuts of the Fifteenth Century.

Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1898.

William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones, 1874

Some German Woodcuts of the Fifteenth Century.

Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1898.

The Tale of Beowulf, 1895

Some German Woodcuts of the Fifteenth Century.

Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1898.

The History of Godefrey of Boloyne, 1893

Maud: A Monodrama.

by Lord Alfred Tennyson. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1893.

Maud: A Monodrama was written by Lord Alfred Tennyson in 1855, shortly after he was named Poet Laureate of England. The accompanying advertisement from the publishers Macmillan & Co. announces the 1893 printing of Maud at the Kelmscott Press.

The History of Godefrey of Boloyne, 1893

Maud: A Monodrama.

by Lord Alfred Tennyson. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1893.

Many Kelmscott Press books, including this copy of Maud, were bound with vellum and colored ribbons. The green cardboard slipcase, most likely commissioned by the publisher, was made specifically to house the Kelmscott Maud.

Sidonia the Sorceress, 1983

Ruth and Foster Johnson. Kelmscott Revisited: Wallpaper Sample Taken from Kelmscott House.

Meriden, Connecticut: Bayberry Hill Press, 1966.

This is a small cutting of wallpaper designed and printed by Morris & Co. in his 'Fruit' pattern. A small roll of this original paper was discovered in the summer of 1966 tucked away at Kelmscott House, Upper Mall, Hammersmith.