Order of Chivalry

while the Order of Chivalry was in production, William Morris's secretary Sydney Cockerell felt that it was the best book to date produced by the Kelmscott Press. The text was set out in the Gothic Chaucer type with an engraved frontispiece designed by Morris' friend, the renowned Pre-Raphaelite painter Edward Burne-Jones. This was the third collaboration between Burne-Jones and the press following his illustrations for the Golden Legend and A Dream of John Ball. Burne-Jones would work with the press on ten more titles, most notably the grand complete works of Chaucer.

The Lear center copy is bound in the original limp vellum with green ties at the foreedge. The book had been part of the collection of Elisha Loomis Palmer and was donated to the Library by his widow Cornelia Kissam Palmer in 1926.

frontispiece page one Large initial colophon
Frontispiece First page Large initial Colophon