A Leaf from the Kelmscott Chaucer With an Essay on its Commercial History by John Windle.
San Francisco: John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller, 1994. Folio, original cloth-backed printed boards with an inserted 4-page essay printed at the Arion Press. The leaf is loose so it can be removed for framing or display. Fine as issued, recent owners bookplate. Copy #23 of 100 copies, being the opening of the section on Dido in the Legend of Good Women. A superb leaf with a woodcut by Burne-Jones, showing Dido receiving the news of her abandonment by Aeneas and the sword and the pyre upon which she cast herself in suicidal grief. Windles essay studies the value of the Kelmscott Chaucer from publication until today and compares prices over that century with the Nuremberg Chronicle, the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, Shakespeares first folio, and the King James Bible. The edition was limited to 100 copies, published in 1994. Of the 100 copies with original leaves only 26 had a leaf with a full-page woodcut within a woodcut border. Published at $675 in 1994 and sold out at once, copies rarely come back on the market.
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