KELMSCOTT

[Printed auction catalogue by Sotheby & Co.] Catalogue of the Important Library of Classical, Musical, Literary, Dramatic, Antiquarian, Magical and other Books and Manuscripts formed by the late E. H. W. Meyerstein, Esq. 3 Gray's Inn Place, E.C.1.

Author: 
E. H. W. Meyerstein [Edward Harry William Meyerstein] (1889-1952), scholar and poet [Sotheby & Co., London auctioneers; C. E. Wright]
Publication details: 
London: Sotheby & Co., 34 & 35 New Bond Street, W1. Sale on 15, 16 and 17 December 1952.
£100.00

53pp., 8vo, with four plates. Stapled; in yellow printed wraps. C. E. Wright's copy, with the front cover bearing his neat ownership signature, and a list of 'MSS.' (three from the Phillipps collection and one from the library of Dr John Dee), as well as a number of lots in the catalogue priced and named by him. In good condition, lightly-aged. As a young man Meyerstein worked in the Department of Manuscripts at the British Museum, and he remained a notable collector, bequeathing a Mozart manuscript to the Museum.

[Printed volume, with autograph poem from Meyerstein presenting the volume to Mrs Margaret Scott-Snell.] Wade's Boat. By E. H. W. Meyerstein.

Author: 
E. H. W. Meyerstein [Edward Harry William Meyerstein] (1889-1952), scholar and poet [Mrs. Margaret Scott-Snell, mother of the author and illustrator Edward Scott-Snell (latterly Edward Godwin)]
Publication details: 
London: John Murray, Albemarle Street, W. [London] 1921. ['Printed by Hazell, Watson & Viney, Ld., London and Aylesbury, England.']
£120.00

[2] + 77pp., small 4to. A good tight copy, on lightly-aged paper, with foxing to pp.40-41. In original lightly-worn grey paper boards, with white printed labels on cover and spine. Autograph correction by Meyerstein on p.72. Meyerstein's autograph presentation poem is on the front free endpaper, and is dated by him, in decorative style, to 1949.

Six printed promotional items for 'The Collected Works of William Morris, to be issued in twenty-four volumes under the editorship of Miss May Morris' by Longmans, Green & Co, comprising prospectuses, specimen pages and engravings, and an order form.

Author: 
[William Morris; May Morris; Kelmscott Press; Dante Gabriel Rossetti; Longmans, Green & Company; fine printing; typography]
Publication details: 
London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1910.
£380.00

An interesting collection of typographical ephemera. ONE: Landscape 8vo wood engraving, captioned 'This illustration, entitled "Psyche in Charon's Boat," was engraved on wood by William Morris from a design by Edward Burne-Jones and forms one of a series in illustration of the story of Cupid and Psyche in "The Earthly Paradise." It is proposed to issue one or two of these designs, which have never been published, though one of them formed the frontispiece to the "Note on the Kelmscott Press" by Mr. S. C. Cockerell.' In good condition, on lightly-aged paper.

The Commune. William Morris, Issue. Special Number.

Author: 
Guy Alfred Aldred (1886-1963) [William Morris]
Publication details: 
[Second Series. Vol. II., No 2. February 1927.] 'Edited and Published by Guy A. Aldred, 13, Burnbank Gdns. Glasgow. W. (Scotland)' ['Printers and Publishers, Bakunin Press'].
£225.00

8vo: 80 pp, paginated 13-92. Stapled. In original grey printed wraps. Clear and complete. On aged and spotted high-acidity paper, with rusting from staples. In worn and spotted wraps. 2 cm closed tears to back wrap and outer margins of last two leaves. Pencil note on inside of back cover that a copy of the same item sold by Hodgkins for £30 in March 1986. From the collection of the Scottish anarchist author H. T. Derrett, and with his ownership inscription and date on front wrap. Illustrated.

Two Autograph Letters Signed "Sydney C. Cockerell" and "SC Cockerell" respectively, one to to "May [Morris]", daughter of William Morris, the other to "[Emery] Walker".

Author: 
S.C. Cockerell, museum director and bibliophile (DNB)
Publication details: 
Wayside, Cavendish Avenue, Cambridge, 29 March 1914 and Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 20 May 1914.
£400.00

Six pages, 8vo, water-stained but texts clear and complete. Much of the letters are concerned with elements of his executorship of the will of William Morris - (and trusteeship). In the letter to May he begins by expressing relief that "the Horace [book or manusript] was safe", then discussing a payment of £785 due to her (she adds the comment "About £785 due to me" in pencil at the end) and the payment due to Jenny. "When we were at Kelmscott I explained ot her that all claims contracted after Jan.26 would be payable by your father's executors.

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