London: The Folio Society, 2002. Item #04291
The Magnificent Folio Society Kelmscott Chaucer
Bound to Match a Copy Bound by T.J. Cobden-Sandersen in 1900
[KELMSCOTT PRESS]. CHAUCER, Geoffrey. The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer [London: The Folio Society: 2002].
One of one thousand and ten copies, of which one thousand are for sale.
Large folio (16 3/8 x 11 1/2 inches; 415 x 292 mm.). , ii, , 554, [1, limitation], [1, blank] pp. With eighty-seven woodcut illustrations after Sir Edward Burne-Jones, redrawn by Robert Catterson-Smith and cut by W.H. Hooper, woodcut title-page, fourteen variously repeated woodcut borders, eighteen variously repeated woodcut frames around illustrations, twenty-six nineteen-line woodcut initial words, numerous three-line, six-line, and ten-line woodcut initial letters, and woodcut printer’s device, all designed by William Morris and cut by C.E. Keates, W.H. Hooper, and W. Spielmeyer. Printed in black and red in Chaucer type, the titles of longer poems printed in Troy type. Text in double columns. Edited by F.S. Ellis.
Full Cream Nigerian goatskin, Front cover and spine richly decorated in gilt to a design from a copy of the Kelmscott Chaucer bound by T.J. Cobden-Sanderson at the Doves Bindery in 1900. Top edge gilt, others uncut. Housed in the original blue cloth clamshell case with cream morocco label lettered in gilt on spine. An absolutely mint example. Complete with the original prospectus, color photograph and sample sheet.
Complete with An Essay on the Kelmscott Chaucer by William S. Petersen. Small quarto. 16 pp. Original gray printed wrappers. Housed in a pocket in the clamshell case.
"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 specially made at the James Cropper Mill at Burnside 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 Oxley, Yorkshire, in full Nigerian goatskin, with handmade laid endpapers from the Fabriano Mill, Italy. One thousand and ten copies have been printed of which one thousand are for sale. This copy is No. 368." (Limitation leaf).