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The Kelmscott Chaucer: William Morris & Edward Burne-Jones Colouring Book
The Kelmscott Chaucer: William Morris & Edward Burne-Jones Colouring Book
The Kelmscott Chaucer: William Morris & Edward Burne-Jones Colouring Book
The Kelmscott Chaucer: William Morris & Edward Burne-Jones Colouring Book
The Kelmscott Chaucer: William Morris & Edward Burne-Jones Colouring Book
The Kelmscott Chaucer: William Morris & Edward Burne-Jones Colouring BookThe Kelmscott Chaucer: William Morris & Edward Burne-Jones Colouring BookThe Kelmscott Chaucer: William Morris & Edward Burne-Jones Colouring BookThe Kelmscott Chaucer: William Morris & Edward Burne-Jones Colouring BookThe Kelmscott Chaucer: William Morris & Edward Burne-Jones Colouring Book
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The Kelmscott Chaucer: William Morris & Edward Burne-Jones Colouring Book

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Item #: CBK017
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Casebound book with a special lay-flat binding and sturdy, flexible cover

108 pages with 50 images to color on high-quality paper

Size: 8½ x 11 in.

Coloring pages are blank on the back so they can be cut out and displayed.

Published with the British Library

ISBN 9780764979453
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The Kelmscott Chaucer: William Morris & Edward Burne-Jones Colouring Book
Widely regarded as one of the most exquisite books ever printed, the Kelmscott Chaucer is the masterwork of William Morris (1834–1896) and Edward Burne-Jones (1833–1898). Published in 1896, more than thirty years after the two Englishmen discovered a shared love of art and medieval literature while students at Oxford University, The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer now newly imprinted represents the peak of their artistic collaboration.

Morris was a man of many passions—an artist, designer, poet, publisher, businessman, and social activist, as well as being a founder of the Arts & Crafts movement in England. After establishing the Kelmscott Press in 1891, he turned to his friend Burne-Jones, a painter then in great demand, to help him create an ideal book, one patterned after the artistry and typography of medieval illuminated manuscripts and the best of fifteenth-century handprinting. In its 556 pages, the Kelmscott Chaucer included 87 elegant narrative illustrations by Burne-Jones and 32 of Morris’s lush floral and foliate border designs, along with his decorative frames and initials. It was printed to exacting specifications in black and red using the (appropriately named) Chaucer typeface Morris designed for it.

The great book took four years to make. “If we live to finish it,” wrote Burne-Jones, “it will be like a pocket cathedral—so full of design and I think Morris the greatest master of ornament in the world.” In the book’s colophon, Morris too gave credit where credit was due: “Here ends the Book of the Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, edited by F. S. Ellis; ornamented with pictures designed by Sir Edward Burne-Jones, and engraved on wood by W. H. Hooper. Printed by me William Morris at the Kelmscott Press, Upper Mall, Hammersmith, in the County of Middlesex. Finished on the 8th day of May, 1896.”

The first two of the 438 books printed were presented to Morris and Burne-Jones in June 1896. Morris, who had been in declining health for several years, died four months later. Burne-Jones would survive him by less than two years.

This colouring book’s images are from a copy of the Kelmscott Chaucer in the collection of The British Library, which houses more than 150 million items representing every age of written civilization.

Images
  1. Illustration from the prologue to The Canterbury Tales
  2. Illustration (detail) from “The Knight’s Tale,” The Canterbury Tales
  3. Illustration from “The Knight’s Tale,” The Canterbury Tales
  4. Illustration from “The Knight’s Tale,” The Canterbury Tales
  5. Illustration (detail) from the prologue to “The Man of Law,” The Canterbury Tales
  6. Illustration (detail) from “The Prioress’s Tale,” The Canterbury Tales
  7. Illustration from “The Prioress’s Tale,” The Canterbury Tales
  8. Illustration (detail) from “The Tale of the Wife of Bath,” The Canterbury Tales
  9. Illustration from “The Tale of the Wife of Bath,” The Canterbury Tales
  10. Illustration from “The Tale of the Clerk of Oxenford,” The Canterbury Tales
  11. Illustration (detail) from “The Tale of the Clerk of Oxenford,” The Canterbury Tales
  12. Illustration (detail) from “The Tale of the Clerk of Oxenford,” The Canterbury Tales
  13. Illustration from “The Tale of the Clerk of Oxenford,” The Canterbury Tales
  14. Illustration (detail) from “The Tale of the Clerk of Oxenford,” The Canterbury Tales
  15. Illustration from “The Squire’s Tale,” The Canterbury Tales
  16. Illustration (detail) from “The Squire’s Tale,” The Canterbury Tales
  17. Illustration from “The Franklin’s Tale,” The Canterbury Tales
  18. Illustration from “The Franklin’s Tale,” The Canterbury Tales
  19. Illustration from “The Franklin’s Tale,” The Canterbury Tales
  20. Illustration from “The Franklin’s Tale,” The Canterbury Tales
  21. Illustration from “The Parson’s Tale,” The Canterbury Tales
  22. Illustration (detail) from “An A.B.C. of Geoffrey Chaucer”
  23. Illustration from “A Complaint to His Lady”
  24. Illustration (detail) from “The Romaunt of the Rose”
  25. Illustration from “The Romaunt of the Rose”
  26. Illustration (detail) from “The Romaunt of the Rose”
  27. Illustration from “The Romaunt of the Rose”
  28. Illustration from “The Romaunt of the Rose”
  29. Illustration (detail) from “The Romaunt of the Rose”
  30. Illustration (detail) from “The Romaunt of the Rose”
  31. Illustration from “The Romaunt of the Rose”
  32. Illustration from “The Romaunt of the Rose”
  33. Illustration from “The Romaunt of the Rose”
  34. Illustration (detail) from “The Romaunt of the Rose”
  35. Illustration from “The Romaunt of the Rose”
  36. Illustration (detail) from “The Parliament of Fowls”
  37. Illustration (detail) from “The Parliament of Fowls”
  38. Illustration from “The Parliament of Fowls”
  39. Illustration from “The Parliament of Fowls”
  40. Illustration (detail) from “Boethius The Consolation of Philosophy”
  41. Illustration from the prologue to “A Treatise on the Astrolobe”
  42. Illustration (detail) from the prologue to “The Legend of Good Women”
  43. Illustration from “The Legend of Good Women”
  44. Illustration (detail) from “The Legend of Good Women”
  45. Illustration from “The Legend of Good Women”
  46. Illustration from “The House of Fame”
  47. Illustration from “The House of Fame”
  48. Illustration (detail) from “Troilus and Cressida”
  49. Illustration (detail) from “Troilus and Cressida”
  50. Illustration from “Troilus and Cressida”