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CHAUCER, Geoffrey.

A Vision of a Garden.....

[London] : 1926 Stock Code: 125493
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An attractive example of early 20th-century arts and crafts illumination, illustrating Chaucer's Edenic dream-vision from his "satirical animal fantasy" the Parlement of Foules (Stableford, p. 69). The middle English poem presents an early example in English literature of the use of a dream to depict an alternative fantastical landscape. Chaucer was a favourite author of the arts and crafts movement, as exemplified by William Morris's monumental Kelmscott Press edition of 1896. This manuscript was illuminated in the 1920s by Betty Goldsmith, a member of the Society of Women Artist Exhibitors. She exhibited the present work at the 15th Arts & Crafts Society Exhibition held at the Royal Academy in 1931, at a price of 18 18s, her address given as 76 Park Road, New Barnet.

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Single sheet of vellum (490 x 328 mm). Title in gilt, text in black ink within watercolour illustrated frame, illuminated in gilt. Presented in a limed oak frame (575 x 410 mm).


Vellum fresh and clean, illustration bright and unfaded, slight abrasions to verso, seemingly where previously pasted to mount board; else in fine condition.



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