Laurence W. Hodson copy sold

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 enthusiastic admirer of the Kelmscott Press, owning both a vellum and a paper copy of each of the Kelmscott publications whenever possible. His vellum copy of the Chaucer was sold in the 1906 sale (now at Cambridge University; Census 1.2), but the paper copy and other unsold Kelmscott books, including three titles on vellum, were retained by Hodson himself and, after his death in 1933, by his son and most recently by a grandchild.  This copy of the Chaucer is in “original holland-backed boards, spine discoloured, upper joint worn, vellum [sic], silk ties, uncut.” Hodson’s book label is in the book.

The estimated price was £15,000–£20,000; the book sold for £18,000 (before buyer’s premium).

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