The Workes of our Antient and Learned English Poet, Geffrey Chaucer, Newly Printed. Geoffrey CHAUCER.
The Workes of our Antient and Learned English Poet, Geffrey Chaucer, Newly Printed.
The Workes of our Antient and Learned English Poet, Geffrey Chaucer, Newly Printed.
The Workes of our Antient and Learned English Poet, Geffrey Chaucer, Newly Printed.

The Workes of our Antient and Learned English Poet, Geffrey Chaucer, Newly Printed.

London: Adam Islip, at the charges of Bonham Norton, 1598. First Speght edition. Folio. (28), 394, (13) ff., lacking the front and rear blanks and the "Faults escaped" errata leaf, as often, text printed throughout in double column black letter. Later brown full morocco, spine with raised bands, gilt lettered direct to two panels with a gilt device to the other compartments, gilt and blind ruled borders to the boards with gilt cornerpieces, gilt ruled inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, the 19th century bookplate of a Murray A.W. Newman bearing the motto "Lux Mea Christus" to the front pastedown. "Progenie of Geffrey Chaucer" portrait plate, pictorial part titles to "The Canterbury Tales", "The Romaunt of the Rose" and "The Story of Thebes", woodcut illustration to "The Knight's Tale" at head of fol. 1 opposite the full page arms of Chaucer plus woodcut initial letters and some head and tailpieces in the preliminaries Slight sunning to the spine, some wear to the corners, an attractive copy. The sixth collected edition overall, edited by Thomas Speght, and the first published with a Life of Chaucer and a Glossary to the "hard words", which includes also a brief guide to some of the French used and authors mentioned. Speght also included for the first time, spuriously, "Flower and the Leaf" and "Dreame". Speght used many of the notes collected by his friend John Stow, whose 1561 edition had included John Lydgate's "The Story of Thebes", published here with a valuable 2 page list of Lydgate's works at the end. STC, 5078 (3 imprints are recorded). Lowndes, II, p. 425. See McKerrow and Ferguson, 75 for an illustration of the decorative woodcut part title. Item #35856

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