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Geoffrey Chaucer

Price: $50.00
Sale Price: $37.50
The Works Now Newly Imprinted

William Morris, poet, painter, calligrapher, printer, and Utopian fabulist, had the surest grasp of any modern designer of the bonds that unite words and decoration into a single graphic form. He spent a lifetime attempting to revive the hand crafts, designing stained glass, textiles, wallpaper, and furniture. In 1888, he founded the Kelmscott Press to bring together his taste for medieval literature and early methods of book production. This great folio edition of Chaucer’s works was Kelmscott’s masterpiece.

Morris obtained permission from Oxford University Press to use their authoritative Chaucer text, developed handmade paper from pure linen rags, and had his printer obtain a specific stiff, black German ink. With type especially cut to imitate the best made in the fifteenth century, and illustrations by Morris’ friend, the great Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones, these dense pages have a wonderful unity. The book is, as Morris intended, “essentially a work of art”; it is also the greatest monument to the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages, as well as a lasting embodiment of the complex aesthetics of the Victorian era.

The Octavo Edition reproduces Burne-Jones’ own beautifully bound copy, along with manuscript letters and drawings preserved with it.

-Commentary by Nicolas Barker, editor of The Book Collectorand retired Head of Conservation, British Library
-Letters, drawings, and other items formerly loose in the volume
-Magnify up to 300%

-Digital images of every page of this rare book, cover to cover, in full color, presented as uncropped spreads
-Print and Thumbnails files for creating printed references
-Adobe Reader 3.01 with Search software
-PDF file on CD-ROM with all of Adobe Reader’s viewing, navigation, and search features
-Octavo Digital Guide and Help files

- Adobe Reader 5.0 or later
- Windows PC with Pentium processor running Windows 95 or later
- Macintosh Power Mac running OS 9.2, or OS X 10.1 or later. Linux 2.2 kernel on X86 computer
- Color Monitor (15" or larger, capable of displaying millions of colors recommended)
- CD-ROM drive

The original book imaged for this digital edition: 17 1/8 x 12 inches (435 x 305 mm)
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