The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer now newly imprinted.London: Folio Society, 2002 Stock Code: 145397
A faithful facsimile of perhaps the most beautiful book ever producedLimited Folio Society facsimile edition of the Kelmscott Chaucer, number 307 of 1,010 copies.
The most ambitious and magnificent book of the Press, "The Kelmscott Chaucer is not only the most important of the Kelmscott Press's productions; it is also one of the great books of the world. Its splendour can hardly be matched among the books of the time" (Ray, The Illustrator and the Book in England). Burne-Jones called the book "a pocket cathedral it is so full of design", and "the finest book ever printed; if W.M. had done nothing else it would be enough."
The Folio Society's facsimile is remarkably accurate, printed for the Society by Cambridge University Press. "The paper, Oxenford twin-wire laid, has been specially made at the James Cropper Mill at Burneside in Cumbria and supplied by John Purcell Paper. The binding design has been redrawn by David Eccles from a copy of the Kelmscott Chaucer bound by T. J. Cobden-Sanderson at the Doves Bindery in 1900. The binding of this edition has been executed by Smith Settle at Otley, Yorkshire, in full Nigerian goatskin, with handmade laid endpapers from the Fabriano Mill, Italy" (colophon).
Complete with the note on the binding and the accompanying essay booklet by William S. Peterson.
Folio. Original white morocco after a design by the Doves Bindery, richly lettered and decorated in gilt, blue endpapers. Housed in the original blue cloth solander box, white morocco label lettered in gilt.
Facsimile of the original contents throughout: ornamental woodcut title, 14 large borders, 18 different frames round the illustrations, 26 initials designed by William Morris and 87 wood cut illustrations designed by Sir Edward Burne-Jones and engraved by
A fine copy.
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