EARLY POEMS

Autograph Poems, British Library Add MS. 45,298A

Autograph Poems, British Library Add MS. 45,298B

Autograph Poems, British Library Add MS. 74,255

Autograph Manuscript of fragments of 5 poems, Fitzwilliam Library, Cambridge, Manuscript 2:

Autograph Manuscript of fragments of 8 poems, Fitzwilliam Library, Cambridge, Manuscript 3:

"The Haystack in the Floods," British Library Ashley MS 3680

"Golden Wings," Huntington Library 6479

"Pray But One Prayer for Me," Huntington Library 6480

Manuscript of Phillis M. Ellis, 2 Morris poems. This includes "There were not ten men in all the house," an early introduction to "The Story of the Flower" (see List of Poems After 1875, no. 39).

Beinecke Library MS. 1595

  • "The Sleeve of Gold"
  • "Fair Catherine"
  • "About the middle of the month of June" 
  • "That summer morning out in the green fields" [discarded opening of Defence of Guenevere], 
  • "The Maying of Queen Guenevere" 
  • "I am not now afraid of death" 

"Scenes from the Fall of Troy," British Library Add. MS 45,321 

JASON AND UNPUBLISHED EARTHLY PARADISE TALES

"The Deeds of Jason," c. 1866-67, Huntington Library, early draft

"The Wanderers," British Library Add. MS 45,305

"The Wanderers" (early draft of second version), British Library Add. MS 37,499

"The Story of Dorothea" (copyist's version), British Library Add. MS 45,309

"The Wooing of Swanhild," British Library Add. MS 45,308

"The Story of Orpheus and Eurydice," British Library Add. MS 45,308

"The Story of Orpheus and Eurydice," rough version, British Library Add. MS 45,307

"The Story of Aristomenes," British Library Add. MS 45,308

"The Story of Aristomenes," British Library MS. Ashley 4902

"The Story of Aristomenes," Harry Ransom Library, MS. (Morris, W.), Works B

EARLY DRAFTS OF THE EARTHLY PARADISE

Bellerophon at Argos, British Library Add. MS 45,301

Bellerophon at Lycia, British Library Add. MS 45,301

The Death of Paris, British Library Add. MS 45,299 

The Fostering of Aslaug, British Library Add. MS 45,300 

The Hill of Venus, British Library Add. MS 45,299

The Hill of Venus, British Library Add. MS transcription 

The Hill of Venus, Fitzwilliam Library MS

The Hill of Venus, Fitzwilliam Library MS, transcription

The Land East of the Sun and West of the Moon, British Library Add. MS 45,299

"The Lovers of Gudrun," proof sheets, Beinecke Library IpM834 870a

The Man Who Never Laughed Again, British Library Add. MS 45,299

The Palace East of the Sun and West of the Moon, copyist's version, British Library Add. MS 45,309

The Proud King, rough pencil draft, British Library Add. MS 45,306

The Proud King, copyist's version, British Library Add. MS 45,309 

The Ring Given to Venus, British Library Add. MS 45,302

The Story of Rhodope, British Library Add. MS 45,299

The Story of Rhodope (rough draft), British Library Add. MS 45,304

"The Story of Rhodope," transcription, British Library Add. MS 45,304

The Story of Cupid and Psyche, British Library Add. MS 45,305

The Story of Cupid and Psyche, draft, Beinecke Library, MS. 1596

"The Doom of King Acrisius," draft [matches those in Fitzwilliam Library], Huntington Library, HM 6462

The Earthly Paradise, Huntington Library, HM 6418

  • vol. 1
  • vol. 2
  • vol. 3
  • vol. 4
  • vol. 5
  • vol. 6
  • vol. 7

Lyric from “Bellerophon in Lycia,” included in a longer excised beginning for “Bellerophon,” British Library Add. MS 45,301, f. 23v and f. 24.

Verses for June and July, The Earthly Paradise, Autograph drafts in B. L. Ms. 45,306, f. 66v and 67v. British Library Add. MS 45,306, f. 67v 

October lyric of The Earthly Paradise, included in A Book of Verse, 1870, 9. Autograph in WMG J152

POEMS OF THE EP PERIOD

"Love's Gleaning Tide," Athenaeum sent to printer, no changes; autograph Ms. copy WMG, J145, signed W. M., dated August 28th, 1872.

"As this thin thread," fair autograph copy, WMG J153 [pdf]. Reproduced by a copyist in British Library Add. MS 45,298B, f. 7.

"Silence and Pity," fair copied Morris autograph, William Morris Gallery, Ms. J149 [pdf], titled. Copyist’s version in British Library Add. MS 45,298b, f. 8.

O fair gold goddess,” William Morris Gallery, A. Ms. J150 [pdf] fair copy. Printed with notes by R. C. Ellison, English, 15 (1964): 100-102. The poem is signed “Vilhjálmar Vandraedaskáld,” Icelandic for “William the Troubled Skald." Another autograph is in British Library Add. MS 45,318, f. 92 and 92v, on blue ruled paper.

"Meeting in Winter” ( Winter in the world it is / Round about the unhoped kiss ), English Illustrated Magazine, March, 1884, 339-40. HM 6427, f. 57 is a copy of the English Illustrated Magazine version, prepared for the printer of Poems By the Way, with no verbal changes marked. Images of the English Illustrated Magazine version

“In Arthur’s House” ( In Arthur’s house whilome was I / When happily the time went by), British Library Add. MS 45,308, ff. 180-94, autograph drafts. Folio 180 is a single page fragment; ff. 181-86 is another draft; ff. 187-94 a third. Unfinished, written about 1865.

Written in a copy of The Earthly Paradise, December 25, 1870 ( So many stories written here / And none among them but doth bear ), William Morris Gallery J169

“Love’s Gleaning-Tide” ( Draw not away thy hands, my love: ), Athenaeum, April 1874, 492. HM 6427, f. 43, copy from Athenaeum sent to printer, no changes. Also autograph Ms. copy in the WMG, J145 [pdf]

"Rhyme Slayeth Shame," Morgan Library MA 925, fol. 57 (Annie Fields' album)

"Lonely Love and Loveless Death," Harry Ransom Library, MS file (Morris, W.), Works

"The Moon Shall Be Dark," Harry Ransom Library MS (Morris, W.), Works

LATER POEMS

Love Is Enough, manuscript drafts from Huntington Library HM 6422

Sigurd the Volsung, British Library Add. MS 45,310

Sigurd the Volsung, British Library Add. MS 45,311

Sigurd the Volsung, British Library Add. MS 45,312

Sigurd the Volsung, British Library Add. MS 45,313

Sigurd the Volsung, British Library Add. MS 45,314

Sigurd the Volsung, British Library Add. MS 45,315

Sigurd the Volsung, British Library Add. MS 45,316

Laxdaela Saga, fragment of prose paraphrase, British Library Add. MS 45,317

Sigurd the Volsung, Fair Copy, British Library Egerton MS 2866

Sigurd the Volsung, early draft, British Library Add. MS 37,497

Sigurd the Volsung, early draft, British Library Add. MS 37,498

Sigurd the Volsung, Huntington Library HM 6446

Poems by the Way and Shorter Translations, Huntington Library HM 6427

"The Hall and the Wood," Cheltenham Library Z4

"A Gloss on the story of Howard by William Morris," ff. 241, 242, 243. ; this is transcribed in the "List of Poems of the Earthly Paradise Period," no. C-72. After 'Howard the Halt," Fitzwilliam Museum  MS270 ff. 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, an original poem.

"Lo when we walk the tangled wood," Harry Ransom Library, MS file Morris, W., Works

"The Burghers' Battle," unused stanzas, Harry Ransom Library, MS file, Morris, W., Works B

"Prologue, The Story of the Volsungs and Niblungs," draft, Harry Ransom Library MS. file, Morris, W., Works B

"The Pilgrims of Hope," part 7, partial draft, Harry Ransom Library MS file Morris, W., Works B

PROSE ROMANCES

The House of the Wolfings, 1888, Morgan Library MA 313

The House of the Wolfings, 2 vols. Huntington Library HM 6435

The Roots of the Mountains, 2 vols. Huntington Library HM 6424

A Dream of John Ball, University of Virginia Libraries

"Giles of the Long Frank," British Library Add. MS 45,327

Prose Romance Manuscripts, British Library Add. MS 45,328

  • Novel on Blue Paper, ff. 1 - 58v 
  • Poems in Roots of the Mountains, ff. 54-58 [also HM 6424, ff. 2]
  • Kilian of the Closes ff. 59-109
  • Unfinished Romances ff. 110-125v
  • Desiderius ff. 126-149
  • Pencil draft, unfinished metrical romance f. 149v
  • Story of the Flower ff. 150-186, 194-201v
  • King Peacock ff. 187 - 193

News from Nowhere, first draft, Morgan Library Morris 13-14

News from Nowhere, fair copy, Morgan Library MA 4591

News from Nowhere, Kelmscott Press edition, proof sheets

The Story of the Glittering Plain, Huntington Library HM 6425, vol.1 

The Story of the Glittering Plain, Huntington Library HM 6425, vol. 2

The Wood Beyond the World, early draft, "The King's Son and the Carle's Son," Society of Antiquaries

The Wood Beyond the World, draft, Morgan Library, New York

The Wood Beyond the World, Beinecke MS. II. Writings, 1894-95

The Well at the World's End, 2 vols., Morgan Library MA 314

The Well at the World's End, Harry Ransom Library, printer's proofs

The Well at the World's End, Harry Ransom Library MS file (Morris, W.)

The Water of the Wondrous Isles, British Library Add. MS 45,322

The Water of the Wondrous Isles, British Library Add. MS 45,323, printer's copy

The Water of the Wondrous Isles, British Library Add. MS 45,325

The Sundering Flood, British Library Add. MS 45,326

"A Story," plot sketch for romance, Beinecke Library, Osborn Collection

The Tables Turned, Huntington Library HM 577

The Tables Turned, Huntington Library HM 6433

NONFICTION: DIARIES & ESSAYS

Shorter Icelandic Translations, British Library Add. MS 45,318

Fitzwilliam Library, Icelandic Journal 1871, fair copy made 1873

"Address at the Delivery of Prizes," Harry Ransom Library, Austin, Texas, MS file (Morris, W.), Works

"Address Made on Behalf of the Work of the S.P.A.B.," Huntington Library HM 6449

"The Art of the People," Huntington Library HM 6432, incomplete

"As to Bribing Excellence," International Institute of Social History MS, Amsterdam. Published in Liberty, May 1895

Burnes Papers, British Library Add. MS 45,891

Early political essay, Cheltenham Library

Early politcal essay 2, Cheltenham Library

Essays on Art and History, British Library Add MS 45,331

     (1) Lecture, beg. '[Bef]ore I go any further in speaking to you of the popular [or] decorative arts I will ask you to consider if you are quite sure that you care about them' 

     (2) Lecture, beg. 'I am bound to assume from your presence here tonight that you think it worth while for reasonable people to follow the fine arts, as we call them'

     (3) 'The Prospects of Architecture in Civilization'

     (4) 'Some Hints on House Decoration'

     (5) 'Some Hints on Pattern Designing'

     (6) 'The Early Literature of the North'

     (7) Address delivered at the opening of an art exhibition at the New Islington Hall, Ancoats, Manchester

     (8) Address delivered to the Nottingham Kyrle Society at 'The Castle', Nottingham

     (9) 'Art and Industry in the Fourteenth Century'

     (10) 'The Gothic Revival', I 

     (11) 'The Gothic Revival', II

Essays on Art and History, British Library Add MS 45,332

     (1) 'Of the Origins of Ornamental Art'

     (2) 'The History of Pattern Design'

     (3) 'Art: A Serious Thing'

     (4) 'Early England'

     (5) Lecture beginning identically with 'The Prospects of Architecture in Civilization'

     (6) 'Art and the Beauty of the Earth' 

     (7) A typewritten copy of the version of 'Art and the Beauty of the Earth'

     (8) 'Labour and Pleasure versus Labour and Sorrow'

     (9) 'Gothic Architecture'

     (10) Part of the last sentence of 'The Art of the People'

Essays on Socialism, British Library Add. MS 45,333

Essays on Socialism, British Library Add. MS 45,334

Fragment of speech on behalf of Socialist League describing socialism in England, given at international conference of socialists, Inv. nr. 611_4, ARCH00496, International Institute of Socialist History, Amsterdam, transcript.

Report to International Conference IISH Amsterdam

"Gothic Architecture," Harry Ransom Library MS. file Morris, W., Hanley II B

"Gothic Architecture," British Library Add. MS 45,332(9)

Hammersmmith Socialist Society Papers (Minutes) British Library Add. MS 45,891

"Hopes and Fears for Art" Beinecke Library, Yale University, MS Vault Shelves Morris, contains

  • "The Art of the People"
  • "The Beauty of Life"
  • "Making the Best of It"
  • "The Prospects of Architecture in Civilization" 

"How Shall We Live Then," International Institute of Social History MS, Amsterdam

"Lecture Delivered to the National Association for the Advancement of Art," Harry Ransom Library, MS. file (Morris, W.), Works

"Lecture on Art, Art of the People," Bodleian MS. Eng. misc. Don. c. 29, manuscript, 1894.

Letter from Charles Rowley describing Morris's lectures to the Ancoats Brotherhood, British Library Add. MS 45,347

"Makeshift," Bodleian MS. Eng. misc. Don. e. 30

"The Mythology and Religion of the North," Morris's manuscript notes, c. 1876, William Morris Gallery J149.

"Notes on News," Commonweal, on pit-brow women and Chamberlain's vote against a Home Rule bill, autograph

"Our Policy in this Crisis," Huntington Library HM 6465

"On the Artistic Qualities of Woodcut Books," Huntington Library HM 6431

"Petition regarding the Baptistry at Ravenna," Huntington Library HM 6455

"Regarding the Opinion of the S.P.A.B. on the Restoration of St. Mark's, Venice," Huntington Library HM6459

"The Relations of Art to Labour," Beinecke Library, MS Vault Shelves Morris, 1598

"Socialism," British Library Add. MS 45,333

"Socialism Up to Date," Briritsh Library Add. MS. 45,334

Socialist Diary, British Library Add. MS 45,335 

"Socialism from the Root Up," Morgan Library, Morris 10. [chapters 1-3 and 7, with some revisions and corrections by Morris] MA 3843, 1886

Speech Delivered to the First Meeting of the SPAB, Society of Antiquaries, SoA 832

Speech on Free Trade, Bodleian Eng. misc. c. 143

"Some Thoughts on the Ornamented Manuscripts of the Middle Ages," Huntington Library HM 6440

"To the Working People of Great Britain and Ireland," Huntington Library HM 6464

"Town and Country," A. MS courtesy of the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection

"True and False Society," Huntington Library HM 6420

"Under an Elm-Tree: Thoughts in the Countryside," Cheltenham Public Library, Z4

"[Concerning] Westminster Abbey," Beinecke Library, MS Vault Shelves Morris

"What is to Happen Next?" Beinecke Library MS. Sheries II. Writings

"Why I Am a Communist," International Institute of Social History MS, Amsterdam

TRANSLATIONS

Old English/Medieval:

"The Ordination of Knighthood," Huntington Library HM 6436

Child Christopher and Goldilind the Fair, draft, Huntington Library HM 6419

Child Christopher and Goldilind the Fair, first 16 lines, Huntington Library HM 6418

Child Christopher and Goldilind the Fair, draft, HM 36917-18

Beowulf, first draft, Morgan Library MA 312

Beowulf, draft fragment, British Library Add. MS 45,318

Beowulf, fragment, British Library Add. MS 45,318 transcription

Classical:

The Aeneids of Virgil, Huntington Library HM 6439

The Aeneids of Virgil, British Library Add. MS 45,311

The Odyssey, Huntington Library Manuscript HM 6439

The Odyssey, British Library Add. MS 45,311

The Odyssey, Harry Ransom Library MS file (Morris, W.), Works

Iliad, Harry Ransom Library, MS file (Morris, W.), Works

Old French:

The Story of Lancelot of the Lake, Society of Antiquaries MS 905.1, rough translation draft, ff. 1-166

The Story of Lancelot of the Lake, Society of Antiquaries MS 905.2, ff. 167-219

The Story of Lancelot of the Lake, Society of Antiquaries MS. 905.3, calligraphic manuscript, ff. 1-307

The Story of Lancelot of the Lake, Society of Antiquaries MS. 905.4, calligraphic manuscript, fair copy, ff. 1-76 (minor rewordings SoA 905.1)

"Lancelot du Lac," Cheltenham Library, EWL Z2, in Rubaiyat calligraphic script, fair copy with spaces for large initials

Tristram, British Library Add. MS 45,329, script used for illuminated manuscripts

The Tale of King Coustans and The History of Over Sea, Huntington Library HM 6438

"Amis and Amile," MS 362 BD, courtesy of Special Collections, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, autograph draft

Old Icelandic

Egil's Saga, Society of Antiquaries MS 907, calligraphic manuscript

Egils Saga, Fitzwilliam Library, FW25, ff. 1-159. Donated in 1905. According to Murray, "This draft translation was in existence some years before its publication, and differs materially from the printed text. C F Murray." Contains all 65 chapters but ends slightly before conclusion with, "he gave his daughter Sigurd to Brand the Generous, the son of Vermund the Slender."

Frithiof the Bold, fragment, Morgan Library MA 1894

Grettir translation, draft, in Eirikr Magnusson's hand with corrections by Morris, Courtesy of the Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum (the Wilson).

Grettir Saga, Fitzwilliam Library, 1869, 25F, with many renumberings and some corrections; chapters 89-90, ff. 17-20 and chapter 92, f. 27 are near calligraphic. Donated in 1905. Manusrcript for printer.

Hafbur and Signy, Morgan Library MA 1894, fragment

The Story of Halfdan the Black, Morgan Library MA 3471, calligraphic manuscript

The Story of King Harald, Morgan Library MA 3471 [two sagas bound in same volume], calligraphic manuscript

Harald the Hard-Redy, Saga Library vol. 5, Beinecke Library MS. Vault Shelves Morris

Heimskringla, Morgan Library MA 1894, fragment

"King Hafbur and King Siward,"  Bodleian MS. Eng. misc. e. 233/2, calligraphic manuscript

"King Harald," partial manuscript, Bodleian Eng. misc. MS. d. 265

The Story of King Harald, Morgan Library MA 3471 [two sagas bound in same volume], calligraphic manuscript

Laxdaela Saga, fragment of prose paraphrase, British Library Add. MS. 45,317

Shorter Icelandic Translations British Library Add. Ms 45,318

Poems by the Way and Shorter Translations, Huntington Library HM 6427

"The Prophecy of the Vala," Beinecke Library, Osborn Collection

The Story of the Dwellers at Eyr, Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery, calligraphic manuscript

"The Story of King Magnus, the Son of Erling," Huntington Library HM 6463

Story of Olaf the Holy, Leeds Library Manuscript, photographed by Ian Felce

The Story of Magnus the Blind and Harald Gilli, Saga Library, vol. 5, courtesy of the Berg Collection, New York Public Libary

"The Story of the Volsungs and Niblungs," Bodleian MS. Eng. misc. g. 58.

"The Story of the Banded Men,"  Bodleian MS. Eng. misc. d. 267, calligraphic manuscript

"The Story of Hen Thorir," Bodleian MS. Eng. misc. e. 266, calligraphic manuscript

"The Story of the Dwellers at Eyr," Bodleian MS. Eng. misc.265, calligraphic manuscript

"The Story of Sigi," Bodleian MS. Eng. misc. g. 59

"The Story of the Men of Weaponfirth," Cheltenham Library Y7

The Story of King Olaf Tryggvison, Huntington Library HM6437

The Story of King Harold Greyfell, Huntington Library HM 6428

The Story of Sigurd the Jerusalem-farer, Eystein and Olaf, edited in Karl Anderson, "Scandinavian Elements in the Works of William Morris." Diss., Harvard University, 1940

The Story of Kormak the Son of Ogmund, Morgan Library MA 1894

"The Story of Howard the Halt," partial draft, Cheltenham Library

The Story of Howard the Halt, Huntington Library HM6426

The Story of King Harold Greyfell, Huntington Library HM 6428

The Story of King Olaf Tryggvison, Huntington Library HM6437

The Story of the Ynglings, Society of Antiquaries 906, Saga Library, vol. 6

The Story of the Ynglings, Cheltenham Library, calligraphic manuscript

The Tale of Haldor, the Son of Snorri the Priest, unfinished manuscript, Mark Samuels Lasner Collection

The Tale of Haldor, British Library Add. MS 45,317, transcription

Thorstein and Gunnlaug, partial mansucript, Bodleian MS. Eng. misc. e. 233/1

Manuscript fragments:

  • "Bjorn's brother there saw they," verse rejected from "The Story of Hakon." 23 lines, cancelled. Huntington Library Manuscript, HM 6428, f. 45. WM's note explains that sts. 2-4 had been written for "Hakon's Song" (ff. 50-51).
  • "The King set there a-singing," unidentified verse from "The Story of Hakon." 4 lines from end of chatper 10. Huntington Library 6428, f. 24.
  • "Wrath giver well would try him," verses from "The Story of King Olaf Tryggvison." 8 lines cancelled. Huntington Library 6437, f. 16.
  • "In steel storms far more mighty," cancelled draft. 8 lines, on 2 pages (one leaf) numbered 109. Huntington Library HM 6437, f. 95r-v.
  • "Jutland's king (in land now let him)," poem included in the manuscript of "The Story of Olaf the Holy" as a drottkvaett stanza, but does not appear in the published text of Saga Library, vol. 4.
  • "The Tale of Norn-Guest," unpublished translation of the Icelandic "Nornagests Dattr." British Library Add. MS 45,317, ff. 19-28, rectos only.
  • 'Howard the Halt," Fitzwilliam Museum MS 270 ff. 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140; and "A Gloss on the story of Haward by William Morris," ff. 241, 242, 243; this is transcribed in the "List of Poems of the Earthly Paradise Period," no. C-72.
  • The Tale of Thorstein, Calligraphic Manuscript, Bodleian Library MS. misc. e. 233/1
  • The Story of Frithiof, Calligraphic Manuscript, Morgan Library MA 1894
  • The Story of Gunnlaug, Calligraphic Manuscript, Bodleian Library MS. misc. e. 233/1
  • Thorstein and Gunnlaug, partial mansucript, Bodleian MS. Eng. misc. e. 233/1
  • Thorbiorn, translation, Cheltenham Public Library, 9ff., 8 v. Ends, "below the ridge was a great pond: from the boat-house the foreshore was to be seen, but from the shingle-ridge. . . "
  • "The Words of Snorri Sturleson, Cheltenham Public Library, 2ff. and 1v. Introduction by Snorri--has written odlen tales in the Danish tongue.

THE BOOK ARTS

Catalogue of Morris's Books (illuminated ms.)

Catalogue of Morris's Books, transcription

Locations of Manuscripts

Manuscripts from the Beinecke Library, Yale University

"About the middle of the month of June," Beinecke Library, MS. 1595

"Cupid and Psyche," Beinecke Library, MS. 1596

"Fair Catherine," Beinecke Library MS. 1595

"Hopes and Fears for Art," MS Vault Shelves Morris; contains "The Art of the People," "The Beauty of Life," "Making the Best of It," "The Prospects of Architecture in Civilization," Beinecke Library, Yale University, 1878-93.

"I am not now afraid of death," Beinecke Library, MS. 1595

"The Lovers of Gudrun," proof sheets, Beinecke Library IpM834 870a

"The Maying of Queen Guenevere," Beinecke Library, MS. 1595

"The Prophecy of the Vala," Beinecke Library, Osborn Collection

"The Relations of Art to Labour," Beinecke Library, Yale University. MS Vault Shelves Morris, 1598

"The Sleeve of Gold," Beinecke Library MS. 1595

Harald the Hard-Redy, Saga Library vol. 5, Beinecke Library MS. Vault Shelves Morris

"A Story," plot sketch for romance, Beinecke Library, Osborn Collection

"That summer morning out in the green fields," [discarded opening of Defence of Guenevere], Beinecke Library, MS. 1595

"[Concerning] Westminster Abbey," Beinecke Library, MS Vault Shelves Morris

"What is to Happen Next?" Beinecke Library, MS. Sheries II. Writings

The Wood Beyond the World, Beinecke MS. II. Writings, 1894-95

Manuscripts from the Berg Collection, New York Public Library

Morris, William. Westminster Abbey Leaflet-Courtesy of the Berg Collection, New York Public Library

The Story of Magnus the Blind and Harald Gilli, Saga Library, vol. 5, courtesy of the Berg Collection, New York Public Libary

Manscripts from the Bodleian Library, Oxford University

"The Story of the Volsungs and Niblungs," Bodleian MS. Eng. misc. g. 58.

"King Hafbur and King Siward,"  Bodleian MS. Eng. misc. e. 233/2, calligraphic manuscript

"The Story of the Banded Men," calligraphic manuscript, Bodleian MS. Eng. misc. d. 267

"The Story of Hen Thorir," Bodleian MS. Eng. misc. e. 266, calligraphic manuscript

The Story of the Dwellers at Eyr," calligraphic manuscript, Bodleian MS. Eng. misc. 265

"The Story of Sigi," Bodleian MS. Eng. misc. g. 59

"King Harald," partial manuscript, Bodleian Eng. misc. MS. d. 265

Thorstein and Gunnlaug, partial mansucript, Bodleian MS. Eng. misc. e. 233/1

The Tale of Thorstein, partial Calligraphic Manuscript, Bodleian Library MS. misc. e. 233/1

The Story of Gunnlaug, partial Calligraphic Manuscript, Bodleian Library MS. misc. e. 233/1

"Makeshift," Bodleian MS. Eng. misc. Don. e. 29

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The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, Bodleian MS. Don. f. 3

Speech on Free Trade by Charles Faulkner, Bodleian Eng. misc. c. 143, ff. 81-114 (?)

Manuscripts from the British Library

Autograph Poems, British Library Add MS. 45,298A

Autograph Poems, British Library Add MS. 45,298B

Autograph Poems, British Library Add MS. 74,255

Bellerophon at Argos, British Library Add. MS 45,301

Bellerophon in Lycia British Library Add. MS 45,301

The Death of Paris British Library Add. MS 45,299

The Fostering of Aslaug, British Library Add. MS 45,300

The Hill of Venus British Library Add. MS 45,299

The Hill of Venus British Library MS. transcription

The Hill of Venus, Fitzwilliam Library MS [pdf]

The Hill of Venus, Fitzwilliam Library MS transcription

The Land East of the Sun and West of the Moon British Library Add. MS 45,299

"The Lovers of Gudrun," proof sheets, Beinecke Library IpM834 870a

The Man Who Never Laughed Again British Library Add. MS 45,299; British Library MS 45,303; frag. in 45,298A, f. 113. See List of Poems of the Earthly Paradise Period.

The Palace East of the Sun and West of the Moon, copyist's version, British Library Add. MS 45,309

The Proud King, rough pencil draft, British Library Add. MS 45,306

The Proud King (copyist's version) British Library Add. MS 45,309

The Ring Given to Venus, British Library Add. MS 45,302

The Story of Rhodope, British Library Add. 45,299

The Story of Rhodope (rough draft), British Library Add. MS 45,304

"The Story of Rhodope," British Library Add. MS 45,304. transcription

The Story of Cupid and Psyche, British Library Add. MS 45,305

Sigurd the Volsung, British Library Add. MS 45,310

Sigurd the Volsung, British Library Add. MS 45,311

Sigurd the Volsung, British Library Add. MS 45,312

Sigurd the Volsung, British Library Add. MS 45,313

Sigurd the Volsung, British Library Add. MS 45,314

Sigurd the Volsung, British Library Add. MS 45,315

Sigurd the Volsung, British Library Add. MS 45,316

Shorter Icelandic Translations British Library Add. Ms 45,318

Beowulf, draft fragment, British Library Add. MS 45,318

Beowulf, British Library Add. MS. 45,318, ff. 135v-138 Beowulf transcription

  • For transcriptions, see /listtranslationstext.html. Beowulf is .html#26.

Sigurd the Volsung, early draft, British Library Add. MS 37,497

Sigurd the Volsung, early draft, British Library Add. MS 37,498 first draft, ff. 1-88; contains a few cancelled and corrected folios, ff. 356-66

Sigurd the Volsung, Fair Copy, British Library Egerton MS 2866

Essays on Art and History, British Library Additional Manuscript 45,332

Essays on Socialism, British Library Add. MS 45,333

Essays on Socialism, British Library Add. MS 45,334

Socialist Diary, British Library Add. MS 45,335 

"An Old Fable Retold," John Burns Collection, British Library Ms. 46289. Photograph courtesy of Frank C. Sharp.

Shorter Icelandic Translations, British Library Add. MS 45,318

The Aeneids of Virgil, British Library Add. MS 45,311

"Giles of the Long Frank," British Library Add. MS 45,327

Prose Romance Manuscripts, British Library Add. MS 45,328

  • Novel on Blue Paper, ff. 1 - 58v 
  • Poems in Roots of the Mountains, ff. 54-58[also HM 6424, ff. 2]
  • Kilian of the Closes ff. 59-109
  • Unfinished Romances ff. 110-125v
  • Desiderius ff. 126-149
  • Pencil draft, unfinished metrical romance f. 149v
  • Story of the Flower ff. 150-186, 194-201v
  • King Peacock ff. 187 - 193

The Water of the Wondrous Isles, British Library Add. MS 45,322

The Water of the Wondrous Isles, British Library Add. MS 45,323, printer's copy

The Water of the Wondrous Isles, British Library Add. MS 45,325

The Sundering Flood, British Library Add. MS 45,326

The Tale of Haldor, B. L. Add. MS 45,317, f. 29. Transcription.

Tristram, British Library Add. MS 45,329, script used for illuminated manuscripts

Hammersmith Socialist Society Papers (Minutes) B. L. Add. MS. 45,891

Burns Papers B. L. Add. MS. 45,891

Manuscripts from the Cheltenham Public Library

Calligraphic mss., 1 f. from the Rubaiyat, 1 f. from "The Story of the Ynglings," color design

Early political essay, Cheltenham Library

Early politcal essay 2, Cheltenham Library

"The Hall and the Wood," Cheltenham Library, Z4 [pdf of images]

"Howard the Halt," partial draft, Cheltenham Library

"The Story of the Men of Weaponfirth," Cheltenham Library Y7

"The Story of the Men of Weaponfirth/ Chap 1: Brodd Helgi slayeth Swart." Fair copy in 'Italian' script, titled in red ink, Cheltenham Library and Wilson Art Gallery, Y7, ff. 1-18, calligraphic ms. both sides. [pdf]

"The Odes of Horace," Y7

"Lancelot du Lac," Cheltenham Library, EWL Z2, in Rubaiyat calligraphic script, fair copy with spaces for large initials

"Under an Elm-Tree: Thoughts in the Countryside," Cheltenham Public Library, Z4

Thorbiorn, translation, Cheltenham Public Library, 9ff., 8 v. Ends, "below the ridge was a great pond: from the boat-house the foreshore was to be seen, but from the shingle-ridge. . . " [from Howard the Halt]

"The Words of Snorri Sturleson, Cheltenham Public Library, 2ff. and 1v. Introduction by Snorri--has written olden tales in the Danish tongue.

Manuscripts from the Fitzwilliam Library, Cambridge, England

"A Gloss on the story of Howard by William Morris," ff. 241, 242, 243. ; this is transcribed in the "List of Poems of the Earthly Paradise Period," no. C-72. After 'Howard the Halt," Fitzwilliam Museum  MS270 ff. 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, an original poem.

Autograph Manuscript of fragments of 5 poems, Fitzwilliam Library, Cambridge, Manuscript 2:

Autograph Manuscript of fragments of 8 poems, Fitzwilliam Library, Cambridge, Manuscript 3:

Fitzwilliam Library, Cambridge, Manuscript of Phillis M. Ellis, Manuscript of 2 Morris poems, "Drawing Near the Light" and "There were not ten men in all the house."

Grettir Saga, Fitzwilliam Library, donated 1905.

Egils Saga, Fitzwilliam Library, FW25, ff. 1-159. Donated in 1905. According to Murray, "This draft translation was in existence some years before its publication, and differs materially from the printed text. C F Murray." Contains all 65 chapters but ends slightly before conclusion with, "he gave his daughter Sigurd to Brand the Generous, the son of Vermund the Slender."

Fitzwilliam Library, Icelandic Diaries 1871 and 1873

Manuscripts from the Harry Ransom Library

"Address at the Delivery of Prizes," Harry Ransom Library, Austin, Texas, MS file (Morris, W.), Works

Harry Ransom Library, "Lecture Delivered to the National Association for the Advancement of Art," MS. file (Morris, W.), Works

"Gothic Architecture," Harry Ransom Library MS. file Morris, W., Hanley II B

Harry Ransom Library, "The Well at the World's End," printer's proofs

Harry Ransom Library, "The Well at the World's End," Ms. file (Morris, W.), Works

The Odyssey, Harry Ransom Library MS file (Morris, W.), Works

"The Story of Aristomenes," Harry Ransom Library, MS. (Morris, W.), Works B

"The Moon Shall Be Dark," Harry Ransom Library, MS. (Morris, W.), Works

"The Burghers' Battle," unused stanzas. Harry Ransom Library, MS. file, (Moiris, W.), Works B

"Prologue, The Story of the Volsungs and Niblungs," draft, Harry Ransom Library, MS. file, (Morris, W.), Works B

"The Pilgrims of Hope," part 7, partial draft, Harry Ransom Library MS file Morris, W., Works B

"Lonely Love and Loveless Death," Harry Ransom Library, MS file (Morris, W.), Works

"Lo when we walk the tangled wood," Harry Ransom Library, MS. file (Morris, W.), Works

"The Roots of the Mountains," MS. file (Morris, W.), Hanley II B

"Gothic Architecture," Harry Ransom Library MS. file Morris, W., Hanley II B

"Iliad," Harry Ransom Library, MS. file (Morris, W.), Works

Manuscripts from the Huntington Library, Pasadena, California

"Golden Wings," Huntington Library 6479

"Pray But One Prayer for Me," Huntington Library 6480

"Our Policy in this Crisis," Huntington Library HM 6465

"The Art of the People," Huntington Library HM 6432, incomplete

"On the Artistic Qualities of Woodcut Books," Huntington Library HM 6431

"Some Thoughts on the Ornamented Manuscripts of the Middle Ages," Huntington Library HM 6440

Huntington Library, "The Art of the People," (incomplete)

"True and False Society," Huntington Library HM 6420

"Address Made on Behalf of the Work of the S.P.A.B.," Huntington Library HM 6449

Huntington Library, "Regarding the Opinion of the S. P. A. B. on the Restoration of St. Mark's, Venice," HM6459

"Petition regarding the Baptistry at Ravenna," Huntington Library HM 6455

"To the Working People of Great Britain and Ireland," Huntington Library HM 6464

The Odyssey, Huntington Library Manuscript HM 6439

"The Ordination of Knighthood," Huntington Library HM 6436

The Aeneids of Virgil, Huntington Library HM 6439

The Odyssey, Huntington Library Manuscript, HM6448

The Odyssey, Huntington Library, HM 6421

Child Christopher and Goldilind the Fair, draft, Huntington Library HM 6419

Child Christopher and Goldilind the Fair, first 16 lines, Huntington Library HM 6418

The Tale of King Coustans and The History of Over Sea, Huntington Library HM 6438

The Story of Howard the Halt, Huntington Library HM 6426

The Story of King Harold Greyfell, Huntington Library HM 6428

The Story of King Olaf Tryggvison, Huntington Library HM6437

"The Story of King Magnus, the Son of Erling," Huntington Library HM 6463

"The Doom of King Acrisius," draft [matches those in Fitzwilliam Library], Huntington Library, HM 6462

The Earthly Paradise, Huntington Library, HM 6418

  • vol. 1
  • vol. 2
  • vol. 3
  • vol. 4
  • vol. 5
  • vol. 6
  • vol. 7

The House of the Wolfings, 2 vols. Huntington Library HM 6435

The Roots of the Mountains, Huntington Library HM 6424

The Story of the Glittering Plain, Huntington Library HM 6425, vol.1 

The Story of the Glittering Plain, Huntington Library HM 6425, vol. 2

Sigurd the Volsung, Huntington Library, Huntington Library, HM 6446

The Tables Turned, Huntington Library HM 577

The Tables Turned, Huntington Library HM 6433

"True and False Society," Huntington Library HM 6420

"The Art of the People," Huntington Library HM 6432, incomplete

"On the Artistic Qualities of Woodcut Books," Huntington Library HM 6431

"Some Thoughts on the Ornamented Manuscripts of the Middle Ages," Huntington Library HM 6440

Petition regarding the Baptistry at Ravenna, Huntington Library

Description of three socialist essays, Huntington Library, HM644

"To the Working People of Great Britain and Ireland," Huntington Library HM 6464

"Our Policy in this Crisis," Huntington Library HM 6465

Manuscript from the Leeds Public Library

Story of Olaf the Holy, Leeds Library Manuscript, photographed by Ian Felce

Manuscripts from the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection

"Town and Country," A. MS courtesy of the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection

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The Tale of Haldor, the Son of Snorri the Priestunfinished calligraphic manuscript; tale appears in same bound volume as the Catalogue of Morris's library

Catalogue of Morris's Books (illuminated ms.)

Manuscripts from the Morgan Library, New York

"Rhyme Slayeth Shame," Morgan Library, M A 925, fol. 57 (Annie Fields' album)

The House of the Wolfings, 1888, Morgan Library MA 313

News from Nowhere, manscript images, first draft, Morgan Library Morris 13-14

News from Nowhere, fair copy, Morgan Library MA 4591

News from Nowhere, Kelmscott Press edition, proof sheets

The Well at the World's End, 2 vols., Morgan Library MA 314

Manuscript draft, "The Wood Beyond the World," Morgan Library, New York

Beowulf, first draft, Morgan Library MA 312

Beowulf, draft ms. by A. J. Wyatt, Morgan Library M A 312

The Story of Kormak the Son of Ogmund, Morgan Library MA 1894

Morgan Library Calligraphic Manuscript, fragment, The Story of Frithiof, MA 1494

"Socialism from the Root Up," Morgan Library, Morris 10. [chapters 1-3 and 7, with some revisions and corrections by Morris] MA 3843, 1886

The Story of Halfdan the Black, Morgan Library MA 3471, calligraphic manuscript

The Story of King Harald, Morgan Library MA 3471 [two sagas bound in same volume], calligraphic manuscript

Manuscripts from the Socialist League Archives, Amsterdam

Fragment of speech on behalf of Socialist League describing socialism in England, given at international conference of socialists, Inv. nr. 611_4, ARCH00496, International Institute of Socialist History, Amsterdam, transcript.

Manuscript: Report to International Conference IISH Amsterdam ARCH 00496.611

Manuscripts from the Society of Antiquaries

Early draft, "The King's Son and the Carle's Son," images, Society of Antiquaries, London

Early draft, "The King's Son and the Carle's Son," transcription

Egil's Saga, Society of Antiquaries MS 907, calligraphic manuscript

Speech Delivered to the First Meeting of the SPAB, Society of Antiquaries, SoA 832, ff. 1-23; misc. pages plus ff. 1-12 SPAB draft of opening statement, beginnning, "A Society coming before the public. . . "; with 1st Annual Report, later printed, a good draft with cross-outs.

The Story of Lancelot of the Lake, Society of Antiquaries MS 905.1, rough translation draft, ff. 1-166

The Story of Lancelot of the Lake, Society of Antiquaries MS 905.2, ff. 167-219

The Story of Lancelot of the Lake, Society of Antiquaries MS. 905.3, calligraphic manuscript, ff. 1-307

The Story of Lancelot of the Lake, Society of Antiquaries MS. 905.4, calligraphic manuscript, fair copy, ff. 1-76 (minor rewordings SoA 905.1)

The Story of Lancelot of the Lake, Transcription calligraphic manuscripts, c. 1870-73 Society of Antiquaries MS. 905.4 and 905.3

The Story of the Ynglings, Society of Antiquaries 906, Saga Library, vol. 6

Manuscript from the University of Iowa Libraries, Special Collections

"Notes on News," Commonweal, on pit-brow women and Chamberlain's vote against a Home Rule bill, autograph

Manuscripts from the William Morris Gallery

"As this thin thread," fair autograph copy, WMG J153 [pdf]. Reproduced by a copyist in British Library Add. MS 45,298B, f. 7.

"Love's Gleaning Tide," Athenaeum sent to printer, no changes; autograph Ms. copy WMG, J145 [pdf], signed W. M., dated August 28th, 1872.

Manuscript notes, c. 1876, "The Mythology and Religion of the North," William Morris Gallery J149.

October lyric of The Earthly Paradise, included in A Book of Verse, 1870, 9. Autograph in WMG J152 

O fair gold goddess,William Morris Gallery, A. Ms. J150 [pdf] fair copy. Printed with notes by R. C. Ellison, English, 15 (1964): 100-102. The poem is signed “Vilhjálmar Vandraedaskáld,” Icelandic for “William the Troubled Skald." Another autograph is in B. L. Add. Ms. 45,318, f. 92 and 92v, on blue ruled paper.

"Silence and Pity," fair copied Morris autograph, William Morris Gallery, Ms. J149 [pdf], titled. Copyist’s version in British Library Add. MS 45,298b, f. 8.

 

Other Art Works and Poetic Manuscripts:

Burne-Jones, Edward. Drawings for a projected edition of The Aeneids, Morgan Library.

Burne-Jones, Edward. Drawings for a projected edition of The Earthly Paradise; drawings for the Life and Death of Jason

Burne-Jones, Edward. Woodcuts for the Kelmscott Chaucer

Burne-Jones, Edward. Woodcut drawings for The Life and Death of Jason

Burne-Jones, Edward. Woodcut drawings for The Earthly Paradise

Rossetti, D. G. "Ego Mater Pulcrae Delectionis," Colbeck Collection, University of British Columbia

Rossetti, D. G. "Rose Mary," Free Public Library of Philadelphia, images courtesy of Alexander Ames.

Rossetti, D. G. "The White Ship." Free Public Library of Philadelphia, images courtesy of Alexander Ames.

Rossetti, D. G. Sonnet to Coleridge and "The Leaf" by Leopardi. Free Public Library of Philadelphia, images courtesy of Alexander Ames.

Socialist-Related Manuscript:

Charles Faulkner, Speech on Free Trade