Item #23568 The Canterbury Tales. Geoffrey Chaucer, William Russell Flint.
The Canterbury Tales
The Canterbury Tales
The Canterbury Tales
The Canterbury Tales
The Canterbury Tales

The Canterbury Tales

London: Philip Lee Warner; The Medici Society, 1913. First Flint edition. Hardcover. Fine. Item #23568

Unique copy. Number 5 of 12 copies printed on vellum, from a total edition of 512. 3 volumes, 4to. Full brown calf by Bumpus of Oxford, spines with raised bands, gilt titles, spines and boards tooled in blind in a mediaeval diaper designed with blind tooled symbols; inner dentelles tooled in blind; all edges gilt. Illustrated title pages and 30 color plates by Flint. A fine set.


All dropped capitals have been embellished by hand in color or gold, 44 colored, 29 illuminated in gold. Nine full page decorations in mediaeval style by an unknown but utterly competent calligrapher, one to introduce each tale. All color plates have been laid down onto thick paper with captions added by hand, with their capitals added in gold.


A scarce vellum edition now a unique copy in the Bumpus binding and illuminations.

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Price: $30,000.00