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The prologue to the Canterbury tales: PB 155-2003

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The prologue to the Canterbury tales


Author: Chaucer, Geoffrey
Translator: Coghill, Nevill
Illustrator: Phipps, Howard
Publisher: Perdix Press
Printer: Partridge, Walter
Binder (person): Period Book Binders



By Geoffrey Chaucer ; in the original text from Caxton's first edition with a translation into modern English by Nevill Coghill. With two wood engravings by Howard Phipps.

80, [3] p ; 27 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Salisbury
  • Bath

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (2003-05) by Dreyfus, John


Production date: AD 1984


"In this limited edition the modern translation has been set by hand and printed on an Arab platen by Walter Partridge ... The black letter is a photo-litho facsimile of the British Library copy of Caxton's 1476 first edition. The paper is Zerkall mould made. Ten copies have been bound in calf and two hundred in cloth by Period Book Binders of Bath..."--Colophon Museum has copy no. 56 of 200, signed by Mark Franklin and Walter Partridge. Also inscription to John Dreyfus signed by Partridge and dated 19.9.1984. Bound in brown cloth over boards. Parallel Middle English text and English translation.

Components of the work

Support composed of paper

Materials used in production

Printing ink

Techniques used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: PB 155-2003
Primary reference Number: 95516
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 January 2014 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Manuscripts and Printed Books

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