“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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The Kelmscott Chaucer

Notice, most importantly, how the lettering is an integral part of the design of the page, and by complementing the decoration, itself gains a decorative effect. Discover more about the life and times of Sir Edward Burne-Jones. The Kelmscott Chaucer is often referred chacer as one of the most beautiful printed books in existence.

Burne-Jones usually worked on the Chaucer illustrations on Sundays, when Morris visited his studio to talk and read aloud. Although it was too late to be included in the census, the Petersons have established a blog to provide updates as more copies emerge.

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Ideas for illustrations gradually increased as did the time taken to produce them. You’re already signed in. 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.

One of copies on paper, this being one of 50 examples in the Doves binding, bound in the year of publication after a design by William Morris, reinterpreting a binding by Ulrich Schreier on a Koberger Bible. In fact, Morris did die in the October following publication, making the Kelmscott Chaucer his last great work. The type Morris designed the typeface for the book, using photographic enlargements of type from the 15th century as his model and the woodcuts both have the same texture, or “color” as typographers would call it.


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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. Kelmcsott fact a book, printed or written, has a tendency to be a beautiful object, and that we of this age should generally produce ugly books, shows, I fear, something like malice prepense – a determination to put our eyes in our pockets wherever we can.

Not looking good on wedding night! The first two copies of the book were delivered to Morris and Burne-Jones on June 2, In keeping with his interest in typography, Morris designed three types: It now constitutes xhaucer greatest treasure of the Libraries’ already impressive William Morris Collection.

The Kelmscott Press, set-up in by the designer and craftsman William Morriswas the most famous and influential British private press. Sign out or go to My Account. Edward Burne- Jones produced eighty-seven illustrations and oversaw the complex work to produce the final woodcuts for the press. 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 kelmscogt the book.

Two Specimen Leaves on Vellum. Morris considered Chaucer to be a literary mentor and the book pays homage to the 14th century poet. As the artist worked he increased the number cnaucer proposed illustrations from 48 to 60 to 72 to 87, and Morris accepted each change. 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.

The idea that type should complement print is nothing new; the Nuremberg Chronicle of four centuries earlier shared the same basic concept. The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer published in by the Kelmscott Press was the culmination of William Morris’s vision for an ideal book. Melmscott original pencil drawings are now in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge along with sketch books for the project, which show much effort was spent getting the images right.


This wardrobe is now in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England. Leave a bid with us. Of the sixty-six books produced between and by far the grandest was the Kelmscott Chaucer.

The Kelmscott Chaucer

Morris designed the watermark for the paper, which was copied from an Italian incunable in Morris’s collection kelmscitt made entirely of linen by Batchelor.

William Morris Poet, architect, designer and political activist William Morris was from a wealthy family in Walthamstow and studied at Marlborough before going to Oxford and then London. Click on the thumbnails below to see more.

He became a well- known poet, social reformer, designer and leader of the Arts and Crafts Movement. He contemplated making his own, but never did, instead trying a variety of suppliers. Some of the features of this unusual book include: This revised drawing was transferred photographically to the surface of the woodblock and engraved by William Hooper.

He was certainly multimedia and chauce well as paintings his creativity included designs for tiles, stained glass, murals and tapestries as well as cartoons and book illustrations and even a new a grand piano. After having being announced in cahucer list of Kelmscott titles in preparation inprinting began in Edward Burne-Jones’s illustration for the Prioress’s Tale was based on his painting of the same scene on the wardrobe he gave to William and Janey Morris as a wedding present.

Opening from Romaunt of the Rose with initials, a frame and a border by Morris, and an image by Burne-Jones. Sachs in memory of Howard J.