Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000
Sold For: £3,800
The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, with Wood Engravings by Eric Gill, 4 volumes, 1st edition, Waltham Saint Lawrence, Berkshire: Golden Cockerel Press, 1929-31,
woodcut decorative borders, full- and half-page illustrations, line-fillings, and tailpieces, all by Eric Gill, woodcut initials by Gill printed in red, blue or black, top edges gilt, others untrimmed, original orange quarter niger by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, patterned paper boards, spines sunned, a few small abrasions to spine of volume 2, volume 4 spine slightly mottled and with small chip on front joint, folio
Chanticleer 63, Gill 281. Number 132 of 485 copies on paper. Provenance: Robert ('Robin') Charles Meadows White (1904-1939), Lieutenant-Commander, Royal Navy (pencilled ownership inscriptions 'Robin White, April 1929 [-March 1931' to front free endpaper); thence by descent. White died in one of the first British naval disasters of the Second World War when his destroyer HMS Duchess was accidentally rammed by HMS Barham off the Mull of Kintyre.