A Pre-Raphaelite Aeneid of Virgil



Los Angeles: Privately Printed, 1934.

By Anna Cox Brinton. Being an Essay in Honor of the William Morris Centenary 1934. Number 7 of 150 copies for private distribution only. Printed by Ward Ritchie for Estelle Doheny on Dard Hunter hand-made paper. Octavo. 8 X 5.75 ins. 40 pp. Parchment backed with ecru paper covered boards. Title in red on spine and upper cover. Fore- and bottom edges untrimmed. Woodcut title page border, two full page and one vignette facsimile illustration. Signed by Anna Cox Brinton, Ward Ritchie and Estelle Doheny on Colophon. This is a presentation copy from Estelle Doheny to Sydney Cockerell inscribed on the front free endpaper, “To Sir Sydney Cockerell, With My appreciation of your helpful advice in preparing this tribute to William Morris on his one hundredth anniversary, Estelle Doheny. March twenty first, Nineteen hundred thirty four”. Included is a TLs from Estelle Doheny to Sydney Cockerell noting, “the removal of so great a treasure to America must, naturally, have been felt a good deal in England. But after all, California needs the cultural benefits of such a masterpiece more than England does”. Morris’s great manuscript on vellum, “The Aeneid of Virgil”, was sold from the Estelle Doheny Collection in 1989 for 1.3 million dollars. (Estelle’s husband, Edward Laurence Dohenny, a California oil tycoon, drilled the first successful oil well in the Los Angeles fields and followed this with the first successful strike in Mexico. The character, J. Arnold Ross, in the film “There Will Be Blood” is loosely based on Doheny) A fine copy in original slipcase.

NOTES: “A Pre-Raphaelite Aeneid of Virgil” was published in conjunction with an Exhibition of Morris’s Kelmscott Press publications, including the Doheny “Aeneid of Virgil”, at Mills College, Oakland, California. Anna Cox Brinton Ph.D., was a classics scholar, author, teacher and leading figure in The Society of Friends. Sydney Cockerell met William Morris in 1886 and became his librarian and private secretary in 1892. On Morris’s death, in 1896, Cockerell became executor of the Kelmscott Press charged with completing all unfinished publications. He also acted as literary executor for Morris as well as for Thomas Hardy.

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