Private collection, Portland, Oregon. Quarter-linen binding.
There are no bookplates or other marks of previous ownership in the book.
Provenance: Judge Folger Johnson (1914–1999), an anti-submarine U.S. Navy pilot during World War II who after law school became a lawyer in the Portland City Attorney’s office. In 1955 he was appointed to the Federal Bankruptcy Court where he served until 1984, retiring as the Chief Judge, United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Oregon. Book collecting was among his many interests; his collection, probably formed between 1941 and 1945, included several incunabula and examples from many of the great printing presses of the nineteenth and early twentieth century.
The Chaucer remains in the family.