The Canterbury Tales

Geoffrey Chaucer
Illustrated by Eric Gill
Limited to 1,980 hand-numbered copies

This facsimile, of Eric Gill’s work for the Golden Cockerel Press, is among the most remarkable illustrated editions of this landmark of English poetry.

Limited Edition

The Canterbury Tales is a glorious expression of Eric Gill’s genius. In this varied, vibrant work, Gill displayed his artistic versatility, and succeeded in marrying the illuminated manuscript tradition of Chaucer’s time with a Modernist aesthetic. For this facsimile edition, The Folio Society has created an exquisite binding based on Gill’s own designs for the Physician’s and the Summoner’s tales.


Limited to 1,980 numbered copies
Printed on felt-marked, laid paper, in a special shade matched to the original, made at the Favini mill near Venice
Endpapers of Merida Graphite from the Varona mill, Riva del Garda
Bound in leather
Blocked in 22-carat gold with a design featuring Eric Gill’s engravings around a blind-blocked frame
Gilded on all three book edges
Black satin ribbon marker
768 pages
12½˝ x 7¾˝


Essay by Peter Holliday quarter-bound in buckram with Merida Graphite paper sides

Presentation box

Bound in buckram with gold blocking on the spine

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