Tag Archives: Geoffrey Chaucer

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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A new binding for the Terry–Cohn copy

Bromer Booksellers (Boston) is offering for sale a copy of the Chaucer rebound by Hannah Brown; it was on display at the New York Antiquarian Book Fair earlier this month and is now priced at $125,000. Brown’s binding (see above) was … Continue reading

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Bonna–Bergé copy sold

A previously unlocated copy of the Chaucer was sold by Sotheby (in association with Pierre Bergé & associés), Paris, 28 June 2017, lot 692, for €52,634. It had a blind-stamped brown morocco binding (“maroquin brun décoré à froid, dos à … Continue reading

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Talk by Dominic Riley

Dominic Riley, bookbinder and artist, will give a talk entitled “A Kelmscott Chaucer for Our Times: Celebrating a New Binding” at the Book Club of California on 10 July 2017. The Club has furnished the following summary: When it was … Continue reading

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Three copies for sale in one month

[Originally posted 24 November 2015; most recent revision, 5 September 2016.] By coincidence, three copies of the Chaucer are coming up for sale next month (December 2015). (1) Swann, on 1 December (lot 140), will be offering a quarter-linen copy … Continue reading

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Copy for sale in Massachusetts

A quarter-linen copy (Census, 3.177, 4.710) is listed for sale by Buddenbooks, Inc., Newburyport, Mass., for $115,500. Provenance: Robert Heysham Sayre, George Abrams.

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Copy for sale in Tokyo

The Kageroubunko Bookshop in Tokyo has an interesting copy of the Kelmscott Chaucer for sale. The book has a Doves binding that is quite brown, as if the book had been in a fire. Sections of the binding, specifically around … Continue reading

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Discovery of a sales receipt

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).

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Restoration of Occidental College copy

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. Before: https://youtu.be/uxpV2Nu8AC8 After: https://youtu.be/nmL2nGfxo3g

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