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Basilisk facsimile

In the Maggs Bros. catalogue for London’s Rare Book Fair (October 2021) is a copy of the Basilisk Press facsimile (1974) of the Chaucer with an interesting provenance: “This copy was presented by Charlene Garry, the founder of the Basilisk … Continue reading

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Copy for sale by Maggs

A copy of the Chaucer in the Doves pigskin binding (1896) was offered for sale by Maggs Bros. in October 2021 for £295,000. “In a contemporary green linen chemise with titles and a border of foliage and white roses hand … Continue reading

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Copy now in the Victoria and Albert Museum

A copy of the Chaucer (Census 2.190) once owned by Clarence Dillon and later in the possession of Paul Chrzanowski (Livermore, California), has returned to England. Through the generosity of  Mr. Chrzanowski, it was donated in 2016 to the American Friends of the … Continue reading

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Percy Wyndham copy

In 2016 we recorded the sale by Lyon and Turnbull of a quarter-linen copy of the Chaucer once owned by Percy Scawen Wyndham and later by his son Guy and W. R. Wilson. This copy is now being offered again … Continue reading

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The Leighton ledgers

Some years ago, while searching for information about the Kelmscott Chaucer, we went through the ledgers of John and James Leighton Ltd. (London bookbinders and booksellers) to record copies of the book that had been bound by that firm. There … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Copy for sale in Japan

The Spring, 2020 issue of the Book Collector (p. 131) reports that a copy of the Kelmscott Chaucer in a Doves pigskin binding (1896) was offered for sale by Kagero Bunko at the Kanda Antiquarian Book Fair, Tokyo, October 2019, … Continue reading

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Lost & Found

We’ve just learned that in 2018 John Windle (antiquarian book dealer, San Francisco) published a booklet entitled Lost & Found: Unpublished Articles on Morris and the Kelmscott Chaucer: “Limited to 45 copies for sale (80 copies were reserved for private … Continue reading

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Grinnell College Library copy

The copy of the Chaucer once owned by the Salisbury House Foundation, Des Moines, Iowa (Census 2.212) has been purchased by Grinnell College Library. Mark Samuels Lasner recently sent us a copy of a letter from Philip C. Duschnes to Carl … Continue reading

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Liverpool Cathedral copy

We have learned that the copy of the Chaucer owned by Liverpool Cathedral (2.107 in our Census), formerly deposited in the University of Liverpool Library, was in 2012 moved to Special Collections, the Sheppard-Worlock Library, Liverpool Hope University.

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