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New ebooktreasures release: The Kelmscott Chaucer

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The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, which took four years to complete, is a masterpiece of book design and is acknowledged widely as the zenith of 19th-century book production. It contains 87 wood-engraved illustrations by the Pre-Raphaelite painter Edward Burne-Jones (1833-98). Burne-Jones worked on the Chaucer designs only on Sundays when Morris, his life-long friend, would visit to talk as he drew. In addition to the Chaucer typeface – a smaller version of the Troy type – Morris himself designed for the book the woodcut title, 14 large borders, 18 different frames and 26 initial words. The text of The Canterbury Tales is based on the Ellesmere manuscript, and the remaining text on Professor Walter William Skeat’s (1835-1912) edition of Chaucer for the OUP.
The Kelmscott Chaucer was completed in June 1896, just months before Morris’s death. This copy -  one of 425 copies  printed on paper – was purchased by Mrs Enriqueta Augustina Rylands (1843-1908), the founder of The John Rylands Library, for her personal collection. The Library also holds one of the 13 copies printed on vellum.
The Kelmscott Press, set-up in 1891 by the designer and craftsman William Morris (1834-96), was the most famous and influential British private press. Inspired by the hand presses of the 15th century, Morris supervised all details of production, including the choice of ink and paper, the design of the type and the use of ornaments and illustration.

An eBookTreasures facsimile edition can now be downloaded from iTunes here.

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A Christmas Carol on display, Shakespeare’s Sonnets on your iPad!

Alan Tabor's Christmas Carol Manuscript, on display at The John Rylands Library

Following on from the Ebook Treasures release of the digital version of our Christmas Carol manuscript, the original is now on display in the Spencer Gallery at the John Rylands Library. We have also added the digital version to the turning the pages kiosk, letting users see the full manuscript even without an iPad.

We are also pleased to announce that as well as the release of a Christmas Carol, you can now also purchase a copy of the FIRST EDITION of Shakespeare’s Sonnets from Ebook Treasures. This edition was originally published on 20th May 1609 during Shakespeare’s lifetime.

Title page from the first edition of Shakespeare's Sonnets

Both digital books are available through the Ebook Treasures website, and A Christmas Carol is currently a featured book in iTunes!

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A Digital Christmas Carol

Following on from the addition of the Forme Of Cury to the Ebook Treasures site, A beautiful manuscript edition of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol is now available. The Manchester artist Alan L. Tabor (1883-1957) created this richly illuminated manuscript o fA Christmas Carol, which was published in facsimile by George G. Harrap in 1916. Tabor wrote the entire text by hand and decorated it in the medieval style. His widow donated the manuscript to the John Rylands Library in 1958.

The digital version is available now from iTunes and the Ebook Treasures site.

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