Tag Archives: Sir Edward Burne-Jones

Complete set of Kelmscott books for sale

Bruce Marshall Rare Books (Cheltenham, England) has issued a catalogue entitled A Complete Collection of the Kelmscott Press. The Chaucer is a quarter-linen binding, with no evidence (in the catalogue, at least) of previous owners. The collection is evidently meant … 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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Leon Fine copy

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 … Continue reading

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Broad Street, Oxford

During recent months, a large perimeter wall in Oxford — around the New Bodleian, currently being rebuilt as the Weston Library — has displayed, in alphabetical sequence, some of the Bodleian’s most celebrated treasures. This large reproduction of one of … Continue reading

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Phillips-Johnson-Targ copy

In their catalogue for November 2012, no. 1, Bauman Rare Books offered for sale a copy in an elaborate Birdsall binding: the crushed red morocco front cover reproduces the Burne-Jones wood-engraving at the beginning of the Clerk’s Tale. There are … Continue reading

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Wilfrid Scawen Blunt copy sold

On 13 November 2012, Bonham’s, Knightsbridge, sold an imperfect copy of the Chaucer (lot 221) for £10,000 including buyer’s premium. The book contains “202 leaves only (of 282, including 62 with large woodcut illustrations by Edward Burne-Jones, and 17 further leaves … Continue reading

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Searching for a famous book

We are the authors of The Kelmscott Chaucer: A Census, published by Oak Knoll Press in April 2011. The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, issued by William Morris’s Kelmscott Press in 1896, is probably the most famous of all private press books, … Continue reading

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