Mitau copy for sale [SOLD]

On 22 September, 2014, in San Francisco, Bonhams is offering a copy of the Kelmscott Chaucer in a quarter-linen binding, slightly worn and soiled. It was formerly owned by Martin and Marjorie Mitau, with “their signed bookplate, bookseller descriptions tipped into the front leaf and paste-down.” Estimated price: $30,000-$50,000.

Martin Mitau (1900–1973) and Marjorie (née Fleishhacker) Mitau (1906–1983) were both San Franciscans and lived in the Bay Area all their lives. He was a member of Roxburghe Club of San Francisco and the Book Club of California, and their collection was strong in California fine printing.

[Update, 29 September 2014.] Sold for $46,250 including premium.

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