Kelmscott Chaucer

Rosa anglicana

This Treasure is paired with: Rosa anglicana (Doctors of physic)

  • Geoffrey Chaucer
  • 1896
  • Hertfordshire
  • Printed book

Several of Chaucer’s pilgrims have an Oxford connection, including the Clerk, whose tale of Grisilde begins here. William Morris established the Kelmscott Press in 1891, and published this – its most magnificent book – just months before his death. He designed the type, borders and initials, and with the illustrations of Edward Burne-Jones created a hand-crafted book of utmost quality for the words of England’s greatest medieval poet.