he most lavish of the Kelmscott editions and considered by many to be among the greatest books ever printed, the Kelmscott Chaucer was described by its illustrator Edward Burne-Jones as like a pocket cathedral. Morris had dreamed from the founding of his press of producing an edition of the works of Geoffrey Chaucer. Initially conceived of as a modest and readable edition, the Chaucer grew in size and complexity, eventually including 14 large borders, 18 engraved text frames, 26 large initials, and 87 illustrations. Morris's initial plan called for 325 copies, but the expense of printing demanded that more copies be sold and the press run was expanded by one hundred.
The Lear Center copy is bound in blue paper covered boards. There is a bookplate of E. Peter Jones on the front pastedown. The book was purchased for the Library with the Harrison Freeman fund.
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