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The Canterbury Tales (Signed Twice)

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The Canterbury Tales (Signed Twice)

BOOKS. New York, 1946. Limited edition of the charming literary classic.

Price: $1,800

One of Szyk's most beloved works is The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer. His charming illustrations of the Canterbury pilgrims—such as the Wife of Bath, the Friar, and the Lawyer—are considered some of the finest ever created. The lively modern verse, translated from Middle English by Frank Ernest Hill, was revised especially for this luxury limited edition.

TIME magazine featured a glowing review of this edition of The Canterbury Tales in its September 9, 1946 issue.

New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1946. 550 pages, including 23 illustrations of the Canterbury pilgrims, plus frontispiece and tailpiece. Original ornate illustrated cloth binding and matching slipcase. Fine condition.

First edition, limited to 1500 copies. This is a Rare Presentation Copy. This is one of 15 presentation copies (out of series, i.e. unnumbered) SIGNED twice by Szyk: once as “A.S.” and also “Arthur Szyk.” This is the first presentation copy of this book we have seen.

Illustration of the Canterbury pilgrims arriving at the Tabard Inn.