MORRIS, William (1834-1896). Two autograph letters signed, in English, one to an unidentified correspondent and one to 'W. Gell', the former concerning the advantages of alcoholic liquors and the dangers of tobacco, the latter referring to the contemporary debate about wages and stating his belief 'that there is in the long run nothing for it but Socialism', partly browned. 5 pages, 8vo; together with 2 bank cheques signed and a postcard signed 'May Morris, 1906'.
Fabian Tracts. London: The Fabian Society, 1886-1892. 2 vols, mostly 8° (not larger than 224 x 145 mm). Tracts 1-41, many in proof; together with the annual reports for 1890-92, lecture lists, two essays by Sidney Webb, lists of members, leaflet number 43 and an invitation to The Fabian Society signed by George Bernard Shaw. Contemporary red cloth (spines faded). Provenance: H. Halliday Sparling (ownership inscriptions); George Goyder (bookplate).
A RARE COLLECTION OF PROOF ISSUES OF THE FABIAN SOCIETY'S TRACTS. William Morris took an active interest in the so-called 'Social Questions' of his day, including the Socialist agenda of the Fabian Society. George Bernard Shaw, H. Halliday Sparling, and Sidney Webb were all at varying times members of the Executive Committee of the Fabian Society. (8)