The Canterbury Tales of Geoffrey Chaucer

Illustrated by Rockwell Kent (American, 1882–1971), Author Geoffrey Chaucer (English, died in 1400), Publisher Covici-Friede (American, 20th century), Printer Samuel Aiwaz Jacobs (American, 20th century)

Place of Publication: New York, New York, USA


Overall (each vol., depth variable): 39 x 26.5 x 3.5 cm (15 3/8 x 10 7/16 x 1 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with photomechanical lithographs, 25 of which are two-color full-page

Not On View


Americas, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(New York: Covici-Friede, 1930) Folio, 2 vols.; (v. 1) [3 ff.] 250 pp., plus plates; (v. 2) [4 ff., pp. 251-529, 1 f.] plus plates; original publisher’s gilt-stamped beige cloth (cream-colored phase boxes).

Literary illustrations.

New York: Covici-Friede, 1930


Pen and black ink below colophon, vol. 2: "Rockwell Kent."


Lloyd and Vivian Hawes, Wellesley, MA; her bequest to MFA, June 21, 2000.

Credit Line

The Lloyd and Vivian Hawes Collection


By permission of the Plattsburgh State Art Museum, Plattsburgh College Foundation, Rockwell Kent Gallery and Collection.