“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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After having being announced in a list of Kelmscott titles in chauver inprinting began in The University of Maryland Libraries caucer acquired a previously undocumented copy of the Chaucer. 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.

It embodied his love of medieval literature and art, as well as his love of beauty.

Original full white pigskin, lavishly stamp-decorated in neo-Gothic style; with original metal clasps and banded spine. This took four years in the making and over a year to print. Kelmsxott copy — one of copies printed on paper — was purchased by Mrs Enriqueta Augustina Rylandsthe founder of The John Rylands Library, for her personal collection.

Printing began on 8th August 9 and was finally finished on 8th May 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. This soon proved to be such a mammoth task that one press could not produce the book quickly enough, and another press was installed in a nearby building.


The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer published in by the Kelmscott Press was the culmination of William Morris’s vision for an ideal book.

The contrast between thick and thin strokes is chaucef consistent across the page, between the type, the prints, the ornate decorative frame, and the initial caps and words.

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The opening title page of the Kelmscott Chaucer is representative kelmsctt all of Morris’ ideals of the book. Purchase Fine Art Prints. A comparison of Edward Burne-Jones’s original drawing with the final wood engraving in the Chaucer shows how much work had to be done to translate the delicate shaded drawing into a version with strong lines that could be engraved. The publisher was the founder of the Kelmscott Press, William Morris, who was not only a noted printer and typographer, but also a famous commentator on a vast array of subjects, from the design of textiles and furniture to politics and social studies.

Kelmscott Press, Pages taken from an original vellum copy of Chaucer’s Works. Burne-Jones usually worked on the Chaucer illustrations on Sundays, when Morris visited his studio to talk and read aloud. The process of adapting the drawings to fhaucer woodblock, and engraving them, was entrusted to W.

A Crowning Achievement | William Morris’s Kelmscott Chaucer

It took several requests before Clarendon Press granted permission to use Skeat’s new edition of Chaucer. In fact, it was printed in Of the paper copies and 15 vellum copies of the Chaucer, the Petersons have documented approximately two-thirds of the total. A bibliography of the Kelmscott Press. Pencil studies on Sunday afternoon Finished Burne-Jones pencil drawing The two friends would work together on Sundays.


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His creativity and industry are aspirational for today’s citizens. Morris designed the watermark for the paper, which was copied from an Italian incunable in Morris’s collection and made entirely of linen by Batchelor. 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.

Ornamental woodcut title, 14 large borders, 18 different frames round the illustrations, 26 initials designed by William Morris and 87 wood cut illustrations designed by Sir Edward Burne-Jones and engraved by W. The most ambitious and magnificent book of the Press, the Kelmscott Chaucer was four years in the making. Sachs in memory of Howard J. Morris produced the frames, borders, and initials which surrounded the kelmscitt, and designed the type and layout of the work.

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The Kelmscott Chaucer is often referred to as one of the most beautiful printed books in existence. Come walk with us….

Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris in

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