Copy for sale: Hanson copy

Sophie Schneideman Rare Books and Prints, London, is offering a copy in the Doves binding (dated 1899) from the library of Clarence B. Hanson of Birmingham, Alabama (with his bookplate).

Her catalogue 14 is entitled Kelmscott & Doves: The Private Presses of Hammersmith 1891–1914, from the Collection of Clarence B. Hanson, Jr. of Birmingham, Alabama. The Chaucer is no. 23 in the catalogue. The book is also listed for £140,000 in her new catalogue, 145 Years of Fine Bindings. Recent Acquisitions, item 8.

Clarence Bloodworth Hanson, Jr. (1908–1983), the former publisher of the Birmingham News, was an avid collector of rare books and of private press books in particular. He was also an active supporter of the Birmingham Museum of Art. His wife endowed the Clarence B. Hanson Jr. Library at the museum in his memory.

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