“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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Ideas for illustrations gradually increased as did the time taken to produce them.

A Crowning Achievement | William Morris’s Kelmscott Chaucer

Two Specimen Leaves on Vellum. His creativity and industry are aspirational for today’s citizens.

The process of adapting the drawings to the woodblock, and engraving them, was entrusted to W. 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.

This exhibit examines the life and vision of inspirational firebrand William Morris. However, in order to get a true picture of the original founts, Morris would have the text photographed and enlarged. You’re already signed in. Opening from Romaunt of the Rose with initials, a frame and a border by Morris, and an image by Burne-Jones.

He became a well- known poet, social reformer, designer and leader of the Arts and Crafts Movement. The finest copies come in an elaborate pigskin binding, also designed by William Morris and one of these books printed on vellum weighs 13lb.

In addition to the Chaucer typeface — a smaller version of the Troy type — Morris himself designed for the book the woodcut title, 14 large borders, 18 different frames and 26 initial words. The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, now newly imprinted. Morris designed the watermark for the paper, which was copied from an Italian incunable in Morris’s collection and made entirely of linen by Batchelor.


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. The idea that type should complement print is nothing new; the Nuremberg Chronicle of four centuries earlier shared the same basic concept. Morris, an inveterate doodler 8designed decorative initials, small devices, 14 large borders and 18 image frames for the work, as well as the title page. Morris intended to publish this in two volumes but later abandoned the project.

Binding of the Kelmscott Chaucer continued for some time; those early examples from the Doves Bindery stamped in the year of publication are preferred. Morris spent four years working on the book.

The Kelmscott Chaucer

Morris utilised his library of incunabula and early printed books to find models for these types. Morris spent three years creating these designs and by the end of the process, he was visibly ailing. Fine art prints to purchase. This wardrobe is now in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England. Housed in a brown morocco slipcase.

Photographs and text by Peter Harrington, Rare Bookswhich retains copyright. After Morris established the Kelmscott Press inthe two old friends agreed that The Canterbury Tales and other works by Chaucer would be a major goal for the enterprise. The Vision of William Morris.

Clarendon Press, – Peterson, William S. Excellence in design and print A lifetime of artistic endeavour The Kelmscott Press marked the final great adventure of William Morris into the creative arts. In 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. The Kelmscott Press, The opening title page of kelmzcott Kelmscott Chaucer is representative of all of Morris’ ideals of the book.

A bibliography of the Kelmscott Press. It focuses on his written works, political activism and artistic endeavors. Come walk with us…. The Kelmscott Press, set-up in by the designer and craftsman William Morriswas the cjaucer famous and influential British private press.


Its vast scope and magnificence inspired his friend and collaborator Edward Burne-Jones to compare it to a “pocket cathedral.

Morris and Burne-Jones had met more than 30 years previously when they were in the same college at Oxford.

The Kelmscott Press Chaucer()

After having being announced in a list of Kelmscott titles in preparation inprinting began 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.

This took four years in the making and over a year to print. It was not a private press in the strictest sense of the word as Morris did employ workers but it only published limited editions of material he chose and he had full control of every aspect of production. Of the sixty-six books produced between and by far the grandest was the Kelmscott Chaucer.

The Print and The Book: The Kelmscott Chaucer

Although not keen on vellum, Morris realised that some collectors preferred it and printed a small number of vellum copies of most of the Kelmscott Press titles. In the seven years of its existence, the press produced a staggering 52 works in 66 volumes. A work described as ‘perfect From orginal to fine art print. The Kelmscott Press… Oxford: However, this was very stiff ink, making it extremely hard work for the pressmen and nearly causing a strike.

Woodcuts for printing on a hand press Printed woodcut with William Morris border The process of taking origination onto a final woodcut for the press included two photographic steps.