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44: Chaucer (Geoffrey) The Works

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Chaucer (Geoffrey) The Works,
edited by F.S.Ellis, one of 425 copies on Perch paper, printed in red and black with text in Chaucer type and titles of longer poems in Troy type, 87 wood-engraved illustrations designed by Sir Edward Burne-Jones and engraved by W.H.Hooper, wood-engraved title, borders and initials designed by William Morris amd engraved by C.E.Keates, W.H.Hooper and W.Spielmeyer, bound in later white pigskin with metal clasps, by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, spine titled in blind and dated at foot and with six raised bands, g.e., very slightly soiled, [Peterson 40; PMM 367 note], folio, Kelmscott Press, 1896.

***The most important work from the Kelmscott Press, and arguably the greatest of all private press books. Morris began discussing the project in 1891 and finally issued the book to subscribers in June 1896, a few weeks before his death..

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