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Manuscripts Written and Illuminated by William Morris


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Manuscripts written and illuminated by William Morris, consisting of:

  1. Manuscripts of 'The story of the dwellers at Eyr', incomplete
  2. Fragments of 'Ogier the Dane', The Arabian nights, and 'The story of Harold Hairfair'
  3. Manuscript of 'The story of Hen Thorir'
  4. Manuscript of 'The story of the banded men'
  5. Manuscript of chapters 1-35 of 'The story of the Volsungs and the Niblungs'
  6. Fragments of 'The story of Gunnlaug the Work-tongue and Raven the Skald'
  7. Manuscript of 'Hafbur and Signy'
  8. Drafts of chapters 1-2 of 'The story of the Volungs and the Niblungs'
  9. The odes of Horace


  • Creation: [c. 1870-1876]


0.41 Linear metres (7 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Eng. misc. c. 265, fols. 1-2].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. misc. c. 265, d. 265-268, e. 233/1-2, g. 59; Lat. class. e. 38

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 13245


Manuscripts Written and Illuminated by William Morris

Biographical / Historical

William Morris (1834-1896) was a poet, artist and socialist. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The manuscripts were given to the Library in 1939.

Related Materials

See also Lectures of William Morris, (Shelfmarks: MSS. Don. c. 29-30).

Manuscripts Written and Illuminated by William Morris
Collection Level Description by Emily Tarrant; EAD version 2019 by Alice Whichelow
EAD version 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom