Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    "The prettiest book yet done"

    [Kelmscott Press]. [Ramón Lull]. The Order of Chivalry. [Translated from the French by William Caxton, edited by F.S. Ellis]. [Including:] L'Ordene de chevalerie, with translation by William Morris. [London: Sold by Reeves & Turner, 1893]. One of 225 paper copies, out of a total edition of 235 copies. Small quarto. [4], 150, [2] pages. Printed in red and black in Chaucer type. Wood-engraved frontispiece designed by Sir Edward Burne-Jones. Decorative woodcut borders and initials. Original full limp vellum with green silk ties. Spine lettered in gilt. Very minor rubbing to spine, else a bright, fine copy of "the prettiest book yet done" (Sydney Cockerell as quoted in Peterson).
    "The inclusion of L'Ordene was an afterthought; hence the book's peculiar format. (The first part of the volume represents the final use of the smaller Flower paper.) L'Ordene was initially translated into prose by Ellis before Morris decided to render it in verse." (Peterson). It was the first book printed in Chaucer type. From the collection of John Carrol Collins.

    Clark Library, Kelmscott and Doves, pp. 23-24. Peterson, A13. Ransom, Private Presses, p. 326, no. 13. Sparling, 13. Tomkinson, p. 110, no. 13.

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2014
    8th Wednesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 9
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 447

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $100,000 (minimum $14), plus 20% of any amount between $100,000 and $1,000,000, plus 12% of any amount over $1,000,000 per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 21 days left to consign to the 2019 March 5 - 6 Rare Books Signature Auction Books - New York !

    Learn about consigning with us

    You reach a customer base that is in many ways completely unknown to the major auction houses, and your marketing to this base is as professional as one could hope for. As I continue to wind down my holdings.
    Michael Z.,
    Hawthorne, NY
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2018 December 9 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    2018 December 9 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $1,489,512