“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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Golden based on Roman typeTroy based on Gothic black-letter type or Chaucer — this last being simply a smaller version of the Troy created when he realised the larger variant was just not practical for such a large book. This wardrobe is now in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England. The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer now newly imprinted.

Come walk with us…. This took four years in the making and over a year to print. Notice, most importantly, how the lettering is an integral part of the design chauecr the page, and by complementing the decoration, itself gains a decorative effect.

Readers may wish to visit the firm’s website, www. Peterson writes that Burne-Jones was fearful Morris might die before completing the engraved title-page. How can you not admire the sheer amount of work involved in designing and creating it? 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 cuaucer.


A bibliography of the Kelmscott Press. He contemplated making his own, but never did, instead trying a variety of suppliers. It embodied his love of medieval literature and art, kelmdcott well as his love of beauty.

The Kelmscott Chaucer | William Morris

Emery Walker provided photographs of the drawing. After a quick glance at the Kelmscott Chaucer, one might think the book was printed in the 15th or 16th century, not long after the printing of the Gutenberg Bible. Burne-Jones produced the 87 illustrations which were engraved on wood for the Chaucer. Bibliography The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer now newly imprinted. Amazing day out in Birmingham for anyone interested in pre-Raphaelite art.

Of the paper copies and 15 vellum copies of the Chaucer, the Petersons have documented approximately two-thirds of the total. Finding ink to satisfy Morris was far more difficult than sourcing either paper or type had been.

The Kelmscott Chaucer

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 chaucwr lines that could be engraved. Click print to purchase. The Kelmscott Press Chaucer. His company worked with other artists to produce a wide range of items; from furniture to stained glass and tapestries and a renowned range of wallpapers and fabrics.


A Crowning Achievement | William Morris’s Kelmscott Chaucer

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. From orginal to fine art print. Click on the thumbnails below to see more. Morris considered Chaucer to be a literary mentor and the book pays homage to the 14th century poet.

Original full white pigskin, lavishly stamp-decorated in neo-Gothic style; with original metal clasps and banded spine.

The most ambitious and magnificent book of the Press, the Kelmscott Chaucer was four years in the making. It took several requests before Clarendon Press granted permission to use Skeat’s new edition of Chaucer. The Kelmscott Press… Oxford: Posted in John Rylands LibraryLiterature. Although it was too late to be included in the census, kelmscort Petersons have established a blog to provide updates as more copies emerge.