The Kelmscott Chaucer: A Census, Oak Knoll Press, 2011, 1st Ed., Fine w/DJ
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The Kelmscott Chaucer: A Census
William S. Peterson and Sylvia Horton Peterson
Oak Knoll Press
Notes: A Fine book in a Fine dust jacket, First Edition, 4to, 11 1/4" x 8 3/4." Brown cloth-covered boards in a maroon paper dust jacket. Gilt lettering on book spine. White lettering on dust jacket spine. Covers pristine and intact, binding tight, sharp tips. Dust jacket has minuscule rubbing, else pristine and intact. Dust jacket protected in a paper-backed mylar sleeve. Pages likewise pristine and intact. Black-and-white illustrations included. Ephemera with beautiful gilt decorations laid in: a paper advertisement for an upcoming publication, a facsimile of the Ellesmere _Chaucer_. 272 pp., including illustrations, Appendices, and Index. A unique and beautiful book dedicated to the documentation and whereabouts of the copies of the Kelmscott _Chaucer_, also known as _The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer_ as published by William Morris's Kelmscott Press in 1896. This book "traces the whereabouts of known surviving copies, describes the books and their bindings in considerable detail, and chronicles the fascinating history of each one." Authors William S. Peterson and Sylvia Holton Peterson also discuss what happened to the fifteen copies of the Kelmscott _Chaucer_ that were printed on vellum. Other features of this volume include a "summary of unlocated copies, a list of copies of the _Chaucer_ offered for sale since 1896, ... an account of the bookbinders who have rebound it ..., [t]hree substantial appendices [recording] the copies sold by Bernard Quaritch ..., the mailing list of the Kelmscott Press (published here for the first time), and other contemporary documents." Heavy and oversized items may require additional shipping.