Manuscripts Written and Illuminated by William Morris

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Eng. misc. c. 265, d. 265-8, e. 233/1-2, g. 59; Lat. class. e. 38
  • Dates of Creation
      [ca. 1870-6]
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      9 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Manuscripts written and illuminated by William Morris, consisting of:  

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

Administrative / Biographical History

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

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

The manuscripts were given to the Library in 1939.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. I, nos. 43700-708.