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Lot 15: The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer [a facsimile edition of the Kelmscott Chaucer]

Books, Manuscripts, Photographs and Maps

by Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers

August 28, 2016

Adelaide, Australia

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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, [1] (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.

Notes:

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).

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