The Prologue to Canterbury Tales Illustrated by Ron King

Artist(s): Ronald King
Author(s): Geoffrey Chaucer
Format: hardback
Edition: first
Year published: 1967
Publisher: Editions Alecto


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From Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’ – produced for Editions Alecto, London; Elephant Folio. With frontispiece and fourteen mask images titled and initialed in pencil – printed silk screen and letter-press in 24 pt Plantin. Number 65 of an edition of 125 signed copies, 15 proofs – 50 x 37cm – 15 unbound 4 pp sections in J. Green rag-made paper wraparound in blue cloth folder and canvas slip-case. Separate editions of 50 plus 5 proofs were made of all the images except ‘Friar’ & ‘Franklin’ onto J. Green paper 56 x 38 cm titled, numbered, and fully signed.  All screenprints are in excellent condition. The spine of the portfolio is faded – the slipcase is very good

The Prologue is held in important public and private collections world-wide, including:

The V&A
The British Library
Tate Britain (second edition only)
The Houghton Library, Harvard
New York Public Library



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