¶ "I began printing books with the hope of producing some which would have a definite claim to beauty, while at the same time they should be easy to read and should not dazzle the eye, or trouble the intellect of the reader by eccentricity of form in the letters. I have always been a great admirer of the calligraphy of the Middle Ages, and of the earlier printing which took its place." — William Morris
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Robert Milevski, former preservation librarian at Princeton University Library, has prepared a comprehensive study of the four copies of the Chaucer at Princeton. His essay is now available through a link at Princeton’s Rare Book Collections blog.
Bloomsbury Auctions on 4 April 2013 offered books, manuscripts, and artwork from the collection of Laurence W. Hodson (1864–1933), lot 45 of which was a paper copy of the Chaucer. Hodson was a close friend of William Morris and an … Continue reading
A quarter-linen copy of the Kelmscott Chaucer was appraised by Stephen Massey on an episode of The Antiques Roadshow in Cincinnati on 8 April 2013. The great-great-grandfather of the present owner was the original owner of the book. This is … Continue reading
A Chaucer in a private collection, St. Louis (Census 2.194), was sold at Christie’s (New York) on 7 December 2012, lot 114, for $52,500. The copy has a lightly worn quarter-linen binding and a full blue morocco folding case. It … Continue reading
In their catalogue for November 2012, no. 1, Bauman Rare Books offered for sale a copy in an elaborate Birdsall binding: the crushed red morocco front cover reproduces the Burne-Jones wood-engraving at the beginning of the Clerk’s Tale. There are … Continue reading
Donald Heald (New York) is offering a copy of the Chaucer bound in “red morocco gilt, the covers with thin outer triple fillet gilt borders surrounding a large area of inlaid blue morocco, the onlays tooled with a wide elaborate … Continue reading
Special Collections at the University of Maryland Libraries, College Park, currently has an exhibition entitled “How We Might Live: The Vision of William Morris,” in which Maryland’s copy of the Chaucer is prominently displayed. The exhibition can be seen in the … Continue reading
August Imholtz has spotted a copy of the Chaucer advertised in the Bookman (published by John Howell Books, San Francisco), June 1975, New Series 2, no. 36. It is a quarter-linen without any marks of ownership and is listed for $9,000.
On 13 November 2012, Bonham’s, Knightsbridge, sold an imperfect copy of the Chaucer (lot 221) for £10,000 including buyer’s premium. The book contains “202 leaves only (of 282, including 62 with large woodcut illustrations by Edward Burne-Jones, and 17 further leaves … Continue reading
Heritage Bookshop, Los Angeles, is offering for sale the Slater–Gribbel–Schimmel copy (Census 3.179), in a Doves binding (1906). A bookplate of John Gribbel is in the book, as well as a book label for Duschnes (n.d.). The book is housed in … Continue reading