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“The Kelmscott Chaucer was printed in two columns on handmade paper with specially designed large gothic type in red and black, with 87 woodcut illustrations. Results 1 – 30 of 91 The Kelmscott Chaucer by Geoffrey Chaucer and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at by Geoffrey ChaucerThe Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, which took four years to complete, was a masterpiece of book design and is acknowledged widely as the .

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Some of the features of this unusual book include: The type and print were not seen as two distinct entities, but as different means of achieving the same goals, and both part of the whole of the book. The Library also holds one of the 13 copies printed on vellum. After covering the photograph with a wash of Chinese white, Robert Catterson-Smith reworked the image with bolder lines. Tours commence at Clarendon Press, – Sparling, H. Click on the thumbnails below to see more.

Although it was too late to be included in the census, the Petersons have established a blog to provide updates as more copies emerge. However, this was very stiff ink, making it extremely hard work for the pressmen and nearly causing a strike.

Readers may wish to visit the firm’s website, www. Trial pages were printed inwhile final production began on August 8, Its intentions, however, were very much rooted in the early history of the printed book.


A work described as ‘perfect Morris intended to publish this in two volumes but later abandoned the project. Clarendon Press, – Peterson, William S. Burne-Jones produced the 87 illustrations which were engraved on wood for the Chaucer. The contrast between thick and thin strokes is very consistent across the page, between the type, the prints, the ornate decorative frame, and the initial caps and words.

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Catterson-Smith, with Burne-Jones closely supervising every detail. The original pencil drawings are now in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge along with sketch books for the project, which show much kelmmscott was spent getting the images right.

A bibliography of the Kelmscott Press. Click print to purchase. The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer published in by the Kelmscott Press was the culmination of William Morris’s vision for an ideal book.

Housed in a brown morocco slipcase. For general information about the library and our collections, contact us For questions about the exhibit, please email Doug McElrath or call Shoulder and side titles printed in red and the whole printed in two columns in Chaucer type designed by William Morris. Posted in John Rylands LibraryLiterature. Purchase Fine Art Prints. Morris, an inveterate doodler 8designed decorative initials, small devices, 14 large borders and 18 image frames for the work, as well as the title page.

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A Crowning Achievement | William Morris’s Kelmscott Chaucer

Catterson- Smith for all but two, worked on a photograpic print of the origination kelmscotf produce a copy. Of the sixty-six books produced between and by far the grandest was the Kelmscott Chaucer. Woodcuts for printing on a hand press Printed woodcut with William Morris border The process of taking origination onto a final woodcut for the press included two photographic steps.

The Kelmscott Press… Oxford: It took several requests before Clarendon Press granted permission to use Skeat’s new edition of Chaucer. Morris utilised his library of incunabula and early printed books to find models for these types.

The Print and The Book: The Kelmscott Chaucer

The Kelmscott Chaucer was Morris’ response to what he considered the cheap quality of books of the time. He managed to find two suppliers in England who could meet his high standards after the Vatican bought up most of the good Italian vellum. After having being announced in a list of Kelmscott titles in preparation inprinting began in Excellence in design and print A lifetime of artistic endeavour The Kelmscott Press marked the final great adventure of William Morris into the creative arts.

The Kelmscott Chaucer by Geoffrey Chaucer.