THE WORKS OF GEOFFREY CHAUCER NOW NEWLY IMPRINTED [EDITED BY F.S. ELLIS].

Lot Number 114
Author CHAUCER, GEOFFREY.
Title THE WORKS OF GEOFFREY CHAUCER NOW NEWLY IMPRINTED [EDITED BY F.S. ELLIS].
Year Published 1896
Place Printed HAMMERSMITH: KELMSCOTT PRESS,
Printed By
Description CHAUCER, GEOFFREY. THE WORKS OF GEOFFREY CHAUCER NOW NEWLY IMPRINTED [EDITED BY F.S. ELLIS]. HAMMERSMITH: KELMSCOTT PRESS, 1896 folio, limited to 438 copies of which this is one of 425 on paper, printed in red and black, 87 wood-engraved illustrations by Edward Burne-Jones, ornamental woodcut title, borders and initials, original decorative white pigskin tooled in blind (signed "The Doves Bindery 1897" on lower fixed endpaper), silver and leather clasps, slipcase, very slightly rubbed at extremities
Comments The masterpiece of the Kelmscott Press: an outstanding example of typography and book production. This copy is one of 48 copies specially bound at the Doves Bindery to a design by William Morris (see William S. Peterson, A Bibliography of The Kelmscott Press, Oxford, 1984, p.106). Marianne Tidcombe has suggested that this figure is "presumably... the number of bindings commissioned when the books were ordered... more than a few copies were bound after Douglas Cockerell left the bindery [in November 1897]" (Tidcombe, The Doves Bindery, London, 1991, p.51). Given that this copy is stamped by the bindery in 1896 it comprises one of the original bindings at the time of production.
References
Provenance Max Kirdorf (bookplate); A. Edward Newton (bookplate; Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, 15 May 1941, lot 540); William E. Self (bookplate) LITERATURE Peterson A40; Kelmscott Chaucer: A Census (2011) 3.151 (unlocated copy)
Estimated Price GBP 50,000.00 - 70,000.00
( USD 84,000.00 - 117,600.00 )
Actual Price GBP 73,250.00 ( USD 112,805.00 )

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Auction House Sothebys
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Auction Name English Literature, History and Children's Books and Illustrations
Sale Number #L12404
Auction Date July 10, 2012 - July 10, 2012
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