Re: All I want for Christmas.

Comet (
Sat, 20 Nov 1999 00:53:29 -0500

> "Joseph S. Barrera III" wrote:
> Maybe a bunch of you can pitch together and buy me this nice little
> book.
> I've been really good this year. Really honestly.
> - Joe :-)

Really good except for the fatal mistake of sending enhanced email
using Outlook Exploit. Send me the collection address and I'll
contribute fi' dollars. Revert to plain text e-mail and I'll double
the honorarium. Find a cure for Microsoftness and I'll mount a 'Net
wide charity drive for you. ;)

Comet, friend of Pavlov too Ro

> [Fine Printing] Chaucer, Geoffrey. WORKS OF GEOFFREY CHAUCER now
> Geoffrey Chaucer now newly imprinted. [Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press,
> 1896]. One of 425 copies on paper, out of a total edition of 438
> copies. Folio (16 1/2 x 11 1/4 inches: 420 x 287 mm.). [4], ii, [2],
> 554, [2] pp. With eighty-seven woodcut illustrations after Sir
> Edward Burne-Jones, redrawn by Robert Catterson-Smith and cut by
> W.H. Hooper, woodcut title-page, fourteen variously repeated woodcut
> borders, eighteen variously repeated woodcut frames around
> illustrations, twenty-six nineteen-line woodcut initial words,
> numerous three-, six-, and ten-line woodcut initial letters, and
> woodcut printer's device, all designed by William Morris and cut by
> C.E. Keates, W.H. Hooper, and W. Spielmeyer. Printed in black and
> red in Chaucer type, the titles of longer poems printed in Troy
> type. Double columns. Edited by F.S. Ellis. Light brown crushed
> levant morocco by Birdsall, the front cover tooled with original
> border design of leaves and flowers in vari-colored morocco,
> centering a reproduction in vari-colored morocco of the pilgrims
> setting out for Canterbury and the title tooled in gilt, the back
> cover wtih similar border design, gilt title and reproducing in
> vari-colored morocco the woodcut on page 482, the story of Troilus
> and Cressida. Doublures of wide border of light brown levant morocco
> on which a floral design of inter-laced rose-leaves and roses has
> been inlaid in green, rose, and citron morocco enclosing a central
> panel of blue crushed levant morocco, the linings of dark green
> crushed levant morocco and flyleaves of brown silk. A fine copy, in
> the original cloth box. The Kelmscott Chaucer is "not only the most
> important of the Kelmscott Press's productions; it is also one of
> the great books of the world. Its splendor...can hardly be matched
> among the books of the time" (Ray, The Illustrator and the Book in
> England). Clark Library, Kelmscott and Doves, pp. 46-48. The Artist
> & the Book 45. Peterson A40. Ransom, Private Presses, p. 329, no.
> 40. Ray, The Illustrator and the Book in England, 258. Sparling 40.
> Tomkinson, p. 117, no. 40. HBS 4612. $70,000. Heritage Book Shop,
> Inc.: $70,000

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