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 also inlaid crushed morocco doublures and a custom half morocco clamshell box. The price was $130,000.
The book was sold from the catalogue.
Provenance: Grace Phillips Johnson (1877–1972). — Christie (New York), 18 November 1977, lot 191, sold for $10,000. — Duschnes, [March 1978] (sold for $15,000). — Duschnes, April 1979. — William Targ. — Roslyn Siegel Targ. —present owner.
Grace Phillips Johnson was the daughter of T. W. Phillips, a gas and oil magnate in Pennsylvania who served in Congress from 1892 to 1896. He supported a number of Christian churches and educational institutions, including Bethany College in W.Va. His daughter married a successful businessman and continued the family tradition of philanthropy, primarily to Christian institutions, both in Pennsylvania and in Florida. She was also a book collector of high spot books, including the Chaucer.
For William Targ, see Census 2.240.