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Final page of the 'Romaunt of the rose' and opening page of the 'Parlement of foules'

Final page of the Romaunt of the rose and opening page of the Parlement of foules

From Geoffrey Chaucer, The works of Geoffrey Chaucer now newly imprinted, Hammersmith, printed by William Morris at the Kelmscott Press, 1896

State Library of Victoria, RARESEF 094 K29CH, pp 312–313

This collection of Chaucer's works, known as the ‘Kelmscott Chaucer’ (as it was printed by Morris' Kelmscott Press), is widely acknowledged as one of the high points in the history of the book. The ornate woodcuts are from designs by the Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones.

Morris was also very interested in Persian art and literature, collecting Persian ceramics, textiles and illustrated manuscripts.