Chaucer's Works. From the Crown Edition of The Poets of Great Britain.
London and New York: Chiswick Press, Charles Whittingham and Co., c.1900. 6 volumes, 6 3/4 inches tall. A glorious full morocco binding almost certainly by by The Harcourt Bindery of Boston with gilt raised bands and remarkable floral gilt tooling and onlays to the panels and boards. Wide gilt dentelles frame exquisite green crushed morocco doublures featuring a red rose. Watered silk free endpapers. All edges gilt. These two volumes, containing the works of Chaucer, were part of a deluxe set, the Crown Edition, of 'The Poets of Great Britain' originally published in 72 volumes. This extra-illustrated set in this splendid binding is believed to be number 1 of 10 such sets of the works of 'The Father of English Literature, Geoffrey Chaucer, the greatest English 14th century poet.