KELMSCOTT PRESS CHAUCER (GEOFFREY) The Works, ONE OF 425 COPIES, 1896
Lot 221
KELMSCOTT PRESS. CHAUCER (GEOFFREY) The Works, ONE OF 425 COPIES, 1896
Sold for £10,000 (US$ 16,329) inc. premium

Lot Details
KELMSCOTT PRESS
CHAUCER (GEOFFREY) The Works, ONE OF 425 COPIES, edited by F.S. Ellis, and W.W. Skeat, 202 leaves only (of 282, including 62 with large woodcut illustrations by Edward Burne-Jones, and 17 further leaves within full woodcut borders), printed in red and black, numerous large ornaments and initials throughout, one leaf with some loss, 2 with short tear, proof pagination and collation marks in blue crayon or pencil on approximately 8 sheets, sheets untrimmed and unsewn in publisher's holland-backed boards (covers detached, lacks spine) [cf. Peterson A40], folio, Kelmscott Press, 1896

Footnotes

  • The Kelmscott Chaucer, with Burne-Jones' elaborate cycle of woodcut illustrations, was "recognised by all concerned, even before its publication, as the most ambitious and remarkable of the Kelmscott Press books" (Peterson).

    Provenance: Wilfred Scawen Blunt's copy with the Crabbet Park Library bookplate.
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