The Canterbury Tales.London: Imprinted in The Riccardi Press, published for The Medici Society, by Philip Lee Warner, 1913 Stock Code: 141456
First Riccardi Press edition, number 196 of 500 copies printed on Riccardi paper, deluxe issue bound in limp vellum, and each volume with its original dust jacket and slipcase. The Riccardi Press Chaucer is a most handsome production, attractively illustrated by William Russell Flint, and is among the most desirable productions of the press.
The printed dust jackets show that of the 500 copies on paper, they could be purchased in boards at 7 17s. 6d., or as here in limp vellum at 9 9s. There were an additional 12 copies printed on vellum, for sale at 47 5s.
3 volumes, quarto. Original limp vellum, spine and front covers lettered in gilt, green cloth ties, top edges gilt, others uncut. With the printed dust jackets (each numbered "196" by hand to spine) and card slipcases.
With 36 mounted colour plates by William Russell Flint with captioned tissue guards.
The volumes themselves in fine bright condition, the jackets tanned to spine panels and a little rubbed with a portion of loss (though no loss to titles) from the head of vol. 3, the slipcases lightly worn and tanned in places but all intact.
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