The Kelmscott Chaucer Colouring Book
Colouring book featuring images from the British Library's copy of the Kelmscott Chaucer.
Case bound book with a special lay flat binding and sturdy flexible cover.
108 pages with 50 images to colour on high quality paper. Size: 8 1/2" x 11".
Colouring pages are blank on the back so they can be cut out and displayed.
Published in conjunction with the British Library.
Widely regarded as one of the most exquisite books ever printed, the Kelmscott Chaucer was the masterwork of William Morris (1834–1896) and Edward Burne-Jones (1833–1898). In its 556 pages, the Kelmscott Chaucer included 87 elegant narrative illustrations by Burne-Jones and 32 of Morris’s lush floral and foliate border designs, along with his decorative frames and initials. It was printed to exacting specifications in black and red using the (appropriately named) Chaucer typeface Morris designed for it.
The great book took four years to make. “If we live to finish it,” wrote Burne-Jones, “it will be like a pocket cathedral—so full of design and I think Morris the greatest master of ornament in the world.”