Title THE WORKS OF GEOFFREY CHAUCER Now Newly Printed
Binding goat skin
Book Condition Near fine
Edition First Thus
Publisher London The Folio Society 2002
Seller ID 1200
Folio (12" x 16¾"). pp. iv; 552;  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.
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