Works of Geoffrey Chaucer

Works of Geoffrey Chaucer Facsimile Edition

Probably London (United Kingdom) — Second quarter of the 15th century

Setting new standards of book design: a splendid 19th century magnum opus of printing dedicated to the genius of Geoffrey Chaucer

  1. William Morris (1834–96) was a 19th-century designer, social reformer, and writer

  2. He shared a love of Chaucer’s works with his friend, the artist Edward Burne-Jones (1833–98)

  3. Burne-Jones referred to the work he adorned with 87 woodcuts as a “pocket cathedral”

Works of Geoffrey Chaucer

M. L.1 St. John's College Library (Cambridge, United Kingdom)
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Works of Geoffrey Chaucer

William Morris was a 19th-century designer, social reformer, and writer who shared a love of Geoffrey Chaucer’s works with the celebrated Victorian painter Edward Burne-Jones. The lifelong friends and alumni from Oxford University spent years creating The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer in the style of a medieval manuscript, particularly with regard to its rich floral borders. Published in 1896, this project was the magnum opus of the Kelmscott Press and as such it is sometimes referred to as the Kelmscott Chaucer. Burne-Jones created 87 woodcuts for the work, which were engraved by William Harcourt. The codex is remarkable for its beauty and detail; it set new standards of book design at the end of the 19th century and was referred to by Burne-Jones as a “pocket cathedral”.


Alternative Titles
Kelmscott Chaucer
Arbeiten von Geoffrey Chaucer
St. John's College, Cambridge, Manuscript L.1
Size / Format
262 pages / 23.5 × 15.0 cm
Second quarter of the 15th century
Anglicana Formata
Artist / School

Available facsimile editions:
Facsimile Editions

#1 St. John's College, Cambridge, Manuscript L.1: a facsimile

D. S. Brewer – Suffolk, 1983

Publisher: D. S. Brewer – Suffolk, 1983
Commentary: 1 volume by Richard Beadle and Jeremy Griffiths
Language: English
1 volume: This facsimile is not complete. Monochrome reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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