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Troilus and Criseyde by  Geoffrey Chaucer - 1927 - from Bromer Booksellers (SKU: 29782)

Troilus and Criseyde

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Troilus and Criseyde

by Chaucer, Geoffrey

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Berkshire: Golden Cockerel Press, 1927. Gill, Eric. This handsome volume is Eric Gill's tour-de-force, his wood engravings appearing in the outer margin of every page of text. The decorations show leafy vines that frame and interlace the characters, who seem to be taking part in and commenting on the stories themselves. Troilus and Criseyde is one of the three most important books of the Golden Cockerel Press, and it precedes the other two, The Canterbury Tales and The Four Gospels. Of the three, it also has the smallest limitation. In discussing these three books, Colin Franklin writes that "Eric Gill's work goes back into the history of printed books and manuscripts, joining two arts with unique success." Of this volume, he goes on to say that the illustrations are "affectionate and cheeky, erotic, enjoyable and relevant, decorative and explanatory, a balance of taste and eye. Author, artist and printer have shared one concept and expressed it." Quarto. xi, 312pp. One of 225 copies printed on Kelmscott paper in black, red, and blue. The Garden copy, with leather booklabel on front pastedown. Slight rubbing to corners, few spots of foxing to fore-edge of text block, else a fine copy in morocco-backed patterned paper boards, spine in six compartments and gilt stamped with the title. T.e.g. (Franklin, pp. 142-144; Chanticleer 50; Gill 279).

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Geoffrey Chaucer was born in London, the son of a wine-merchant, in about 1342, and as he spent his life in royal government service his career happens to be unusually well documented. By 1357 Chaucer was a page to the wife of Prince Lionel, second son of Edward III, and it was while in the prince's service that Chaucer was ransomed when captured during the English campaign in France in 1359-60. Chaucer's wife Philippa, whom he married c. 1365, was the sister of Katherine Swynford, the mistress (c. 1370) and third wife (1396) of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, whose first wife Blanche (d. 1368) is commemorated in Chaucer's ealrist major poem, The Book of the Duchess . From 1374 Chaucer worked as controller of customs on wool in the port of London, but between 1366 and 1378 he made a number of trips abroad on official business, including two trips to Italy in 1372-3 and 1378. The influence of Chaucer's encounter with Italian literature is felt in the poems he wrote in the late 1370's and early 1380s – The House of Fame , The Parliament of Fowls and a version of The Knight's Tale – and finds its fullest expression in Troilus and Criseyde . In 1386 Chaucer was member of parliament for Kent, but in the same year he resigned his customs post, although in 1389 he was appointed Clerk of the King's Works (resigning in 1391). After finishing Troilus and his translation into English prose of Boethius' De consolatione philosophiae , Chaucer started his Legend of Good Women . In the 1390s he worked on his most ambitious project, The Canterbury Tales , which remained unfinished at his death. In 1399 Chaucer leased a house in the precincts of Westminster Abbey but died in 1400 and was buried in the Abbey. Nevill Coghill (1899–1980) held many appointments at Oxford University. His translation of Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde is also published by Penguin Classics.  

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Bookseller
Bromer Booksellers US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
29782
Title
Troilus and Criseyde
Author
Chaucer, Geoffrey
Illustrator
Gill, Eric
Book condition
Used
Quantity available
1
Publisher
Golden Cockerel Press
Place of Publication
Berkshire
Date published
1927
Bookseller catalogs
Illustrated Books; Fine Printing;

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About Bromer Booksellers

Bromer Booksellers specializes in rare and beautiful books, as well as highspots of literature. Owned and operated by Anne and David Bromer, who have been in the business of fine books for nearly fifty years, our shop carries a range of important private press books, designer bookbindings, literary first editions, illustrated books from the fifteenth century to the present, children's books, and miniature books.

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