Autograph poetical draft of The Seasons, 1869, signed William Morris.
1869. Small folio (12.75 x 7 inches), 1 p., written in ink on blue paper. In fine condition. This manuscript was written to accompany the four paintings by Burne-Jones entitled The Seasons (1869) as illustrated in Christopher Woods Burne-Jones, 1998, pp. 70-71; that was the title under which it was published in 1871 in The Academy. Morris manuscripts from any period are rare, only four having sold at auction in the last 25 years. There was no manuscript by Morris from this period in the Berger collection. Morris rewrote this poem in 1891 and added two verses before publishing it again in Poems by the Way, 1891, as Verses for Pictures.
(Item Id: 105794)