- A (very) fine copy, apart from these minor imperfections: cloth spine usual (very) vague foxing; letterpiece sl. browned and cracked; covers some vague, unobtrusive thumbing in margins; backcover 2 sm. stains. Box sl. worn and some sm. damages.
= Peterson A40: "(...) recognised by all concerned, even before its publication, as the most ambitious and remarkable of the K[elmscott]P[ress] books." (p.106); Walsdorf 40: "The most splendid of all Kelmscott Press books and by far the most important achievement of the Kelmscott Press" (p.77); Franklin p.201 and passim: "The Kelmscott Press, in any obvious way of type and decoration, had slender influence upon the twentieth-century book but it was by far and away the most splendid of all private presses; not a pioneer, as scholars eagerly point out, not the greatest influence, but quite without peer. (...) from first appearance, the Chaucer gained a name as the finest book since Gutenberg. It has held its place near the head of the polls ever since (...)". See also at large D. Robinson, William Morris, Edward Burne-Jones and the Kelmscott Chaucer (1892): "The Kelmscott Chaucer, as much as anything [Morris] produced, stands as a demonstration of his principles as a designer, his insistence upon good materials, upon the importance of manual skills and of careful and proud workmanship. Throughout its long preparation Morris never swerved from his intention of producing a book that was also a work of art" (p.35f). SEE ILLUSTRATION ON FRONTCOVER.