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William Morris

Carr reported in 1987 in his History of the QTP that he had published two versions of poems by William Morris (1834-1896) and two have been seen. As they are different internally and have different covers I have called them 'editions'. I presume that the edition that is not numbered is the first, but it might not be.


(Last updated on 22/2/2021)



SBP-MOR1: First edition


Title: William Morris

Publisher: J.L. Carr Publisher, 27 Mill Dale Road, Kettering

Year: 198?

ISBN: None

Size: 127 x 93 mm

Pages: 16

Staples: two

Binding: white printed matt card covers

Paper: white

Editor: (J.L. Carr)

Cover artist: (William Morris)

Internal illustrations: 3 full page illustrations and 4 decorations initialled A.B. (= Aubrey Beardsley?), and plate inside the rear cover published by the Kelmscott Press.

Number in series: not stated

Colophon: none

Telephone number: none given

Printing history: none stated

Number of other titles listed: none

Printed by: none stated

Content: Short introduction by Carr. Poems: The haystack in the floods; October; Summer dawn; Shameful death; Inscription for an old bed.

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Rear and front covers (click to enlarge)


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Inside rear cover (click to enlarge)


Notes: This is sub-titled on the bottom of the rear cover The clarity and order of William Morris. It has no clues as to when it was published and has no number, but it was probably first published in the early 1980s, judging from the style. The presumed second edition has different covers and different content except for the main poem, and is numbered.




SBP-MOR2: Second edition


Title: William Morris, 1834 - 1896

Publisher: J.L. Carr Publisher, 27 Mill Dale Road, Kettering

Year: 198?

ISBN: None

Size: 128 x 93 mm

Pages: 16

Staples: two

Binding: white printed matt card covers

Paper: pale sepia

Editor: (J.L. Carr)

Cover artist: C.M. Gere (front) and W.H. Hooper after Burne-Jones (rear)

Internal illustrations: 3 full page illustrations, 5 decorations including background designs by Morris, a specimen of Morris's handwriting, and a pastiche by Carr of Morris reading Norse sagas to his wife in a bath, based on a painting by Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

Number in series: 55

Colophon: none

Telephone number: (0536) 514995

Printing history: not stated

Number of other titles listed: none

Printed by: not stated

Image of book

Rear and front covers (click to enlarge)


Image of book

Inside rear cover (click to enlarge)


Content: Short introduction by Carr. Quotation from W.B. Yeates. Poems: The haystack in the floods; Near Avalon; Summer dawn; Shameful death; Inscription for an old bed.

Notes: This is one of two titles numbered 55. The other is the second impression of The Hearth and Home Reciter.