Cleveland and New York: World Publishing Co., (1958). With the original 87 Illustrations by Edward Burne-Jones. Lovely cream colored, blind-stamped paper covered boards. Fine condition. / Crisp dust jacket with a little light soil and one 1/2" tear at bottom edge and a long horizontal crease originating from top of the tear. Protected by a glassine dust cover. Item #120
With an Introduction by John T. Winterich and a Glossary for the Modern Reader.
The Kelmscott Chaucer is the most memorable and beautiful edition of the complete works of the first great English poet. Next to the Gutenberg Bible, it is considered the outstanding typographic achievement of all time. Published in 1896 in a limited edition of 425 copies, this noble book is one of the most cherished and sought-after volumes of all the kingdom of books. This facsimile edition is a faithful reproduction, slightly reduced in size, of the original and contains the complete original text and all eighty-seven woodcuts by Sir Edward Burne-Jones, engraved by W. H. Hooper, and the borders, decorations, and initials drawn by Morris for the original work. In this visually dramatic book are contained the choicest delights of literature, told by the master of the musical English language of the fourteenth century. The World facsimile edition of the Kelmscott Chaucer makes one of the world's priceless treasures available to all.