Brian Johnson, son of Folger Johnson of Portland, Oregon [see this earlier post], has found the sales receipt for his father’s copy of the Chaucer from Philip C. Duschnes, 5 May 1945, for $950 (probably Census 4.400 and 4.412).
Sophia Bogle of Save Your Books has recently restored the Kelmscott Chaucer at Occidental College (Census, 2.162). She has made two videos of the book on YouTube, one before restoration and one after.
Lyon and Turnbull, (Edinburgh) sold a quarter-linen copy of the Chaucer on 10 September 2014 for £33,650. The book was originally purchased by Percy Scawen Wyndham. In a note on the front endpaper he writes, “This book is left to my son Guy — Percy Wyndham, July 1896.” In another hand: “This was sold in April 1942 by Basil Blackwell to W. R. Wilson of Rudge Hall for £148.”
We have learned that Dr. Leon Fine of Los Angeles, a new member of the Grolier Club, owns a Kelmscott Chaucer (3.103 and 4.748 in our census). This is a quarter-linen copy originally purchased by George James Howard, ninth Earl of Carlisle (1843–1911), of Castle Howard, Yorkshire, an aristocratic artist who was on very friendly terms with both Burne-Jones and Morris.
Howard left the book to his daughter, Lady Dorothy Howard/Henley (who died in 1968), and her inscription appears on the front pastedown. The book remained in the family until it was sold to Dr. Fine by Simon Finch (London) in 2002.
Peter Harrington (London) is offering a copy of the Kelmscott Chaucer for £68,500. The book is bound in “20th century blue morocco over bevelled boards by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, gilt panelled spine (gilt tooled on the raised bands with a fleur-de-lis motif), single-line gilt border on sides three-line gilt turn ins. Housed in a morocco trimmed blue cloth, fleece lined slipcase.” There are no bookplates, signatures, or other marks of ownership.
Philip J. Pirages (McMinnville, Oregon) is offering for sale a quarter-linen copy in excellent condition ($95,000). There are no bookplates, signatures, or other marks of ownership.
Bloomsbury Auctions recently (17 March 2016, lot 1010) sold an ex-library copy from the Norfolk County Library for £24,000. It was a quarter-linen showing some signs of wear.