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TWO LEAVES, OFFERED INDIVIDUALLY, FROM A COPY OF THE WORKS OF GEOFFREY CHAUCER PRINTED ON VELLUM
Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1896. n. Hardcover. mm (). BOTH LEAVES WITH FULL WHITE VINE BORDER DESIGNED BY WILLIAM MORRIS, ONE LEAF ALSO WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOODCUT ILLUSTRATION BY EDWARD BURNE-JONES. Two small, faint (naturally occurring) spots of discoloration to margins, but VERY FINE SPECIMENS with rich impressions of the elaborate decoration on clean, fresh vellum. These two leaves represent a rare opportunity to own a sample of the most luxurious version of a work widely recognized as one of the world's great printing achievements. Vellum copies of the Kelmscott Chaucer are now virtually unobtainable-the last copy appeared at auction 18 years ago, selling at that time for $607,500. Were a complete copy to appear at auction today, it could be expected to fetch well over $1,000,000. Paper copies of the Kelmscott are splendid, but they are clearly eclipsed by the vellum version-a moon compared to a sun.
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