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THE WORKS OF GEOFFREY CHAUCER Now Newly Printed, [Kelmscott Press; Morris, William; Cobden-Sandersen; T. J. and Eccles,David (binding design)]; Chaucer, Geoffrey
1 [Kelmscott Press; Morris, William; Cobden-Sandersen; T. J. and Eccles,David (binding design)]; Chaucer, Geoffrey THE WORKS OF GEOFFREY CHAUCER Now Newly Printed
London The Folio Society 2002 First Thus goat skin Near fine 
Folio (12" x 16"). pp. iv; 552; [3] pp. No. 532 of 1010 copies. Full cream Nigerian goatskin blocked in gold with the original design by T.J. Cobden-Sanderson, redrawn by David Eccles. Blue cloth clamshell box with leather spine label. Two blue ribbon markers; t.e.g. An extraordinary facsimile of the Kelmscott Press' masterpiece, and what many consider the most beautiful of all printed books.

As noted in the colophon: "The facsimile of the Kelmscott Chaucer has been printed for the Folio Society, London by Cambridge University Press and completed on the 20th day of February, 2002. The paper, Oxenford twin-wire laid, has been especially 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." A leaflet on the care of the binding and the pamphlet, The Kelmscott Chaucer: An Essay by William S. Peterson laid in.

A spectacular copy with a small and shallow slit (1/4") in the leather near the top edge of the front board. 
Price: 950.00 USD
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2 [Thomson, Hugh. (Illustrator)]; Goldsmith, Oliver; Dobson, Austin (preface) THE VICAR OF WAKEFIELD WITH A PREFACE BY AUSTIN DOBSON AND ILLUSTRATIONS BY HUGH THOMSON
London Macmillan & Co. 1890 First thus Half calf Very good Hugh Thomson 
C8 (5 x 7 ). p. xxxv; 305. +6pp.advts. Green half-calf ruled in gold over black, tan and white marbled boards in the feather pattern.Spine has filigree rules in gold with two red morocco labels with titles in gold. t.e.g; marbled eps. Frontispiece and 181 vignette illustrations by Hugh Thomson, and includes a suppressed plate seen only in this edition on p. 95 that features a maid reading a hand-bill while seated on the back of man bending over. Original binding mounted and bound in rear. VG. Light shelf wear to edges and light rubbing to front joint; bookplate of Georgiana Erdmann and personal library slip tipped in; paperclip mark where accompanying ephemera attached. A lovely copy with an interesting history. Spielmann and Jerrold 5; Balston 3; Rogerson 3; Layard 173. WITH TLS from Duttons, Inc. Dated March 28, 1933 to Mrs. Erdmann regarding a query about the binding of this copy of the "Vicar" - Mrs. Erdmann evidently had requested a Kellogram [Kelliegram] binding from Kelly & Sons, London featuring the suppressed plate from p.95. Duttons found that a Kelliegram cover featuring the supressed plate was no longer available, and offered her samples of other Kelliegram bindings (see below). VG. Letter signed by D.E. Grant of Duttons. Letter torn in half lengthways, repaired with archival tissue on back. WITH two rubbings and a photograph of other Kelliegram bindings made for "Vicar" as alternatives to the suppresed plate binding as samples to accompany the letter. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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