Rear board the merest trifle rubbed, otherwise Fine in Very Good slipcase. Red-brown buckram, gilt-blocked cover design by William Morris, top edge gilt, iv, 550 pp. This is the second facsimile of the Kelmscott Chaucer issued by the Folio Society and is the less expensive unlimited edition, bound in highly-decorated red-brown buckram rather than white goatskin. A good-quality facsimile at an affordable price.
Fine. Edition limited to 1010 copies. , iv, 552, pp. Folio. Full cream-coloured goatskin. Front board stamped elaborately with gilt floral designs and text from Chaucer. Spine in 5 compartments, gilt title to first and remaining stamped in gilt. Raised bands. A few spots of rubbing to edges of spine, else a pristine copy. Contained in original blue folding box, lightly rubbed and bumped. Lacking the small booklet with essay. Limited to 1000 numbered copies for sale, this being # 907. Original leaves with some light chipping to edges and a small separation, archivally repaired, at top and bottom of fold. fine INCLUDED with the facsimile is an original bifolium (pages 23-26) from the Knyghtes Tale of the celebrated Kelmscott Chaucer printed at Hammersmith in 1896. Two of the four original pages are fantastic, full page woodcuts with elaborate floral borders emblematic of the Press. The first woodcut features Emeyle praying to Dyane atop a stag. The second woodcut is of Arcite in the Temple of Mars. The remaining two text pages have 14 small and 1 large decorated initials and printing in red and black. The four original pages and the fine Folio Society facsimile together provide and excellent example of one the most magnificent and celebrated printed books of the last 150 years from the visionary Press of William Morris. It would be the last great work of his lifetime.
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