Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Kelmscott Chaucer Census

William Peterson and Sylvia Holton Peterson are conducting a census of the known copies of the Kelmscott Chaucer (1896), and have posted some information on their website about missing copies and "other unresolved problems." If you have any information for them, I encourage you to pass it along. Scholarly censuses of famous books like this are of immense importance to historians of print culture and the book.

2 comments:

WSP said...

Thanks for mentioning this on your blog. I would just add that we will continue to put new information on our website (http://www.evernote.com/pub/wsp/Census), so it's a good idea to check back from time to time.

We would be delighted if others can help us to solve some mysteries!

William S. Peterson

mcccune collection said...

There is a copy of the Kelmscott Chaucer in the McCune Collection in Vallejo, CA. You can find more information about the Kelmscott Chaucer and various illustrations from the book by visiting the McCune Collection website:
http://www/mccunecollection.org.

There are plans to put all the illustrations from the book online at some time in the future.

They have also started digitalizing other rare books so that the public can see books they would not normally be aware of. By the end of the year there should be digitalized images of many 15th century books.