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Kelmscott Chaucer

Kelmscott Chaucer
The Canterbury Tales, written in 1387-1400 by Geoffrey Chaucer, is a collection of stories set within a framing story of a pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral, the shrine of Saint Thomas à Becket. The poet joins a band of pilgrims, vividly described in the General Prologue, who assemble at the Tabard Inn outside London for the journey to Canterbury. Ranging in status from a Knight to a humble Plowman, they are a microcosm of 14th-century English society.

The Kelmscott Chaucer was published in 1896 by William Morris' company, the Kelmscott Press. The designs of Morris' books were influenced by medieval texts, but the actual type and floral decorative elements were Morris originals. The illustrations for this book were done by Edward Burne-Jones.

425 copies were printed and sold at 20 each. A further 13 copies printed on vellum were priced at 120 guineas (126), and 48 were specially bound in white pig's skin with silver clasps.
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