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Lot 505: N/A Geoffrey Chaucer. The Works ? Newly Imprinted. (Edited by F. S. Ellis). Hammersmith, 1896 Foli...

A California Private Collection, including Science, Medicine and Travel

by Sotheby's

May 20, 2002

New York, NY, USA

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Description: N/A Geoffrey Chaucer. The Works ? Newly Imprinted. (Edited by F. S. Ellis). Hammersmith, 1896 Folio (16K x 11I in.; 422 x 292 mm, uncut). Printed in black and red in Chaucer type, with the headings of the longer poems in Troy type, wood-engraved frontispiece and 87 wood-engraved vignettes after Sir Edward Burne-Jones, numerous borders and initials engraved in wood after designs by William Morris; occasional very light spotting. Publisher's quarter linen, blue paper boards, paper spine label; some wear and foxing, label chipped. Brown buckram folding-case. William Morris's masterpiece of printing and illustration, in the original publisher's boards. One of 425 copies on paper of a total edition of 438. References: Artist & the Book 45; Manet to Hockney 9; Needham William Morris 101; Peterson A40; Ray England 258 ("One of the great books of the World")

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