Lot 15: The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer [a facsimile edition of the Kelmscott Chaucer]
August 28, 2016
Adelaide, AustraliaLive Auction
CHAUCER, Geoffrey: The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer Newly Imprinted [a facsimile edition of the 'Kelmscott' Chaucer].
A twentieth-century facsimile edition on laid paper, reproducing even the Perch watermark of the original, rebound without identifying publication information. Folio (430 x 295 mm), iv, 554,  (colophon) pages, printed in red and black, with elaborate borders and initials by William Morris, and illustrations by Edward Burne-Jones. Modern half leather and coarse linen, lettered in gilt on the spine (a pedestrian effort in every respect); leather lightly scuffed; linen stained (possibly by the adhesive used); first and last pages, and edges a little marked (including light stains to the top edge, not intruding into the upper margins); a small number of protruding uncut leading edges a little stained (small splash marks); binding and minor blemishes notwithstanding, not a bad copy of a good book, now over-protected in a custom-made clamshell case.
One possibility is that this item started life as a proof copy of the 1974 Basilisk Press facsimile edition (a fine copy of which we sold very recently for $3500).