A Chaucer leaf book


Phillip J. Pirages (fine book and manuscript dealer, McMinnville, Oregon) has recently published a Chaucer leaf book entitled Letters from the 15th Century: On the Origins of the Kelmscott Chaucer Typeface: “This unique leaf book combines three elements – a significant private press production, a substantial scholarly commentary [by Pirages] that contributes to a further understanding of printing history, and a collection of five leaves: one from the Kelmscott Press ‘Works of Geoffrey Chaucer’ and four from books issued by German printers Morris most admired.” The other printers represented are Peter Schoeffer, Johann Mentelin, Günther Zainer, and Anton Koberger.

Prices range between $1,950 and $6,500, depending on the binding and leaves. More details are available on the Pirages website, which also provides a link to a video by Pirages about the book.

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