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(GOLDEN COCKEREL PRESS.) CHAUCER, Geoffrey.

The Canterbury Tales....

With wood engravings by Eric Gill.

Availability: In stock

Published: Waltham St. Lawrence Golden Cockerel Press, 1928-31

Stock Code: 131099

£8,500
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Notes

Limited edition, number 128 of 485 copies on handmade paper; a further 15 copies were issued on vellum. The Canterbury Tales was one of the "most important Golden Cockerel editions for which Eric Gill provided the engravings", and showcases his "originality and verve" (ODNB). This work was seen as one of the finest works to be produced by the press, exhibiting the ideals of the private press movement as the "author, artist and printer have shared one concept and expressed it" (Franklin). The publication of the work was seen as a major literary event and was widely covered in the press throughout the four year period. The text used for this edition was that of Reverend Walter W. Skeat, who's seven-volume edition of Chaucer (18947) was the definitive version, and was not superseded until the edition of Robinson in 1933.

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Description

4 volumes, tall octavo (310 x 188 mm). Finely bound for the publisher's by Sangorski & Sutcliffe in brown quarter niger morocco, spines lettered in gilt, patterned paper boards, top edge gilt, others untrimmed.

Illustrations

Initials printed in red, blue, and black. With 1 full page illustration, 29 half page illustrations, decorated borders, tailpieces and line fillers all by Gill.

Condition

Slight rubbing to spines, wear to tips, occasional faint browning to covers, light foxing to book block edges; a very good, bright, copy.

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