Oxford: Shakespeare Head Press, 1928. Item #04536
The Shakespeare Head Chaucer, with Hand-Colored Drawings of the Canterbury Pilgrims,
Taken from the Ellesmere Manuscript
Handsomely Bound by Bayntun Rivière ca. 1940
[SHAKESPEARE HEAD PRESS]. CHAUCER, Geoffrey. The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. Oxford: Printed at the Shakespeare Head Press, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Published for the Press by Basil Blackwell, 1928-1929.
One of 375 sets (this being No. 224) on Batchelor’s Kelmscott handmade paper, out of a total edition of 386 copies.
Eight folio volumes (10 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches; 267 x 184 mm.). Calligraphic half-titles, title-pages, and contents pages in red and black by Joscelyne V. Gaskin. Paragraph marks in red and blue, first initial in gold, other initials and sections headings printed in blue after designs by Gaskin, some shoulder notes printed in blue, occasional text printed in red and blue. Seventy hand-colored woodcut illustrations and twenty hand-colored woodcut diagrams. " The figures of the Canterbury Pilgrims in this and the following volumes have been freely drawn by Hugh Chesterman from those in the Ellesmere MS. of the Canterbury Tales" (printed slip in volume I).
Edited by A.W. Pollard and others.
Handsomely bound ca. 1940 in full blue crushed levant morocco by Bayntun (Rivière). Covers ruled in gilt, spines with five raised bands, decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, decorative gilt board edges, gilt ruled turn-ins marbled liners and endpapers, all edges gilt. Spines uniformly faded. A very handsome and attractive set of this fine edition.
The figures of the Canterbury Pilgrims were freely drawn from the Ellesmere manuscript (now in the Huntington Library) by Hugh Chesterman. The miniatures in The Romaunt of the Rose were redrawn by Lynton H. Lamb from a fourteenth-century French manuscript, MS. Egerton 881, at the British Museum. Other manuscripts from the Bodleian Library and Cambridge University were used for the illustrations to The Compleynte of Mars and A Treatise on the Astrolabe, as well as for two portraits of Chaucer. Woodcuts from Richard Pynson’s 1526 three-volume edition of Chaucer were redrawn by Lynton H. Lamb to illustrate A Parlement of Foules, Troilus and Criseyde, The House of Fame, and The Legende of Good Women, and woodcuts from Vincent’s early sixteenth-century Lyon edition of Boethius were adapted for De consolacione philosophie.
Franklin, pp. 150, 235. Ransom, Selective Check Lists, p. 16, no. 60.