Wilfrid Scawen Blunt copy sold

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 within full woodcut borders), printed in red and black, numerous large ornaments and initials throughout, one leaf with some loss, 2 with short tear, proof pagination and collation marks in blue crayon or pencil on approximately 8 sheets, sheets untrimmed and unsewn in publisher’s holland-backed boards (covers detached, lacks spine).” There is a bookplate from Wilfrid Scawen Blunt’s Crabbet Park library.

We should add that Blunt owned another copy of the Chaucer (Census 2.281), which he had bound by Leighton.

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