(Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1897). 235 x 165 mm. (9 1/4 x 6 1/2"). 1 p.l., 186 pp. Volume VIII, only, of eight. ONE OF 225 COPIES on paper (and six on vellum.).
Original flexible vellum, flat spine with gilt titling, silk ties. With five different woodcut borders used on five pages, woodcut initials, printer's device on final page. Printed in red and black in Golden type. Front pastedown with ownership stamp in purple ink of Helen Ladd Corbett, pencilled ownership inscription of "Lloyd J. Reynolds - 8 May 1972." Sparling 41; Tomkinson, pp. 117-18. Some minor soiling and abrasions to vellum, one small discolored patch on front cover, but a fine copy internally, clean and crisp.
This is the eighth volume only of the ambitious Kelmscott version of Morris' long Chaucerian poem, first published in 1868-70. Our copy was owned by two notable Oregonians, Helen Ladd Corbett (1859-1936), daughter of Portland pioneer William S. Ladd, and Lloyd Reynolds (1902-78), calligrapher and professor of English, graphic arts, and creative writing at Reed College in Portland. Reynolds had a huge influence on notable Reed alumnis, including Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen, David Eddings, Steve Jobs, and Sumner Stone, a typographic designer for Adobe. He was also an ardent admirer of William Morris, and the philosophy that everyday objects should be made by artisans rather than by machines; something that this fine letterpress edition demonstrates eloquently. (ST14322)
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