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GOLDEN COCKEREL PRESS - Geoffrey CHAUCER (1340?-1400); and Eric GILL (1882-1940), illustrator
The Canterbury Tales
Waltham, Saint Lawrence: Golden Cockerel Press, 1929. 4 volumes, small folio. On hand-made paper. Wood-engraved border illustrations by Eric Gill, initials printed in red, blue and black. Publisher's niger morocco-backed patterned boards by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, top edge gilt, others uncut. One of 485 from a total edition of 500, this copy number 128: one of the most acclaimed and beautiful books of the private press movement. Printed by Robert & Moira Gibbings with excellent illustrations by Gill (the text from the edition of the Rev. Walter W. Skeat), this is one of the finest works to come out of the Golden Cockerel Press. The bibliography of the press describes this set quite simply as "beautiful books". Publication of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales followed on from the highly successful edition of Troilus and Criseyde, the first of the great books produced by the Press, which Gill and Gibbings had worked on intensively for publication in 1927. Publication of The Canterbury Tales was regarded as a major literary event and was widely covered in the press throughout the four-year period. It proved a profitable title for the Press and one that enhanced its reputation. Sanford, Chanticleer, 63; Sister Elizabeth Marie, Eric Gill, p. 31; Gill 281; Cave and Manson pp.53-55.
Bookseller: Donald Heald Rare Books [U.S.A.]
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