Salisbury: Perdix Press, 1984. Item #04317
Superb Photo-Litho Facsimile of the Original 1476 Edition
[CHAUCER, Geoffrey]. PERDIX PRESS. The Prologue to the Canterbury Tales… In the Original Text from Caxton's First Edition into Modern English by Nevill Coghill. Salisbury: Perdix Press, 1984.
Number 3 of 10 copies signed by Mark Franklin (preface) and Walter Partridge (introduction).
Small folio (10 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches; 260 x 184 mm.). 80, , [1, limitation], [1, blank] pp. Title-page printed in red and black. Collation includes two woodcut illustrations by Howard Phipps and thirty facsimile pages of the original 1476 edition, with many of the initial letters in red. The woodcut on the verso of the half-title is signed in pencil "Howard Phipps 1984".
Full dark brown calf, covers ruled in blind, spine lettered in gilt, top edge gilt. Housed in the original brown cloth slipcase. Loosely laid-in is a sample gathering (pp. 63-66) and an additional copy of the frontispiece signed in pencil by Howard Phipps. A very fine example.
"In this limited edition the modern translation has been set by hand and printed on an Arab platen by Walter Partridge at Perdix Press in Salisbury. The black letter is a photo-litho facsimile of the British Library copy of Caxton's 1476 first edition. The paper is Zerkall mould made. Ten copies have been bound in calf and two hundred in cloth by Period Book Binders of Bath. October 1984" (limitation leaf).