The Second Speght edition and A VERY EARLY PRINTING OF CHAUCER. Title within a woodcut border (Mck & F.232), woodcut Progenie of Chaucer with the Gower portrait of Chaucer, woodcut coat of arms on c4r, fine woodcut of the Knight riding a steed and with lance drawn with borders at head of text, very beautiful historiated and decorated multi-line woodcut initials, some quite large, throughout the text. The text printed double column Black Letter, some roman, foliated. Folio, in very proper antique binding, most probably of the 1700's, of marbled paper over stiff boards backed in calf and with calf corner-pieces, the spine long ago expertly restored in correct period style with tall, thick unadorned raised bands and a red morocco label lettered and with tooled frame in gilt. [a]-c6, A-Z, Aa-Zz, Aaa-Nnn6, Ooo4, Ppp-Ttt6, Uuu8, as called for. An excellent copy with an uncommonly well preserved and large text-block, the paper unpressed and without refurbishment or intrusion, very clean and fresh with only minor and occasion evidence of use or age, marginal paper flaw on leaves Kk4 - Ll1 not effecting text, minor paper flaws at lower corner of leaves Ddd6 and Hhh3 not effecting text, short closed tear at Iii6, the paper expertly restored without loss, the "Authors" leaf and the errata leaf present and well preserved without loss and with only light edgewear. Very neat antique manuscript marginal markers at specific lines of text drawn in the form of pointing hands as would be proper, the binding with some wear at the corners. A VERY WELL PRESERVED AND PROPER COPY OF THIS HIGHLY IMPORTANT PRINTING OF CHAUCER. THE FIRST IN WHICH THOROUGH PUNCTUATION WAS ATTEMPTED. THE BOOK REMAINS IN AN ANTIQUE BINDING WITH LARGE AND BEAUTIFULLY PRESERVED TEXT-BLOCK, THE OFTEN MISSING PORTRAIT OF CHAUCER INCLUDED, AS WELL AS THE "AUTHORS" AND ERRATA LEAVES. This is only the second edition edited by Speght, the first having been issued four years earlier in 1598. There is no priority as regards the setting of George Bishop s name in the imprint. "This edition was considerably revised mainly with the aid of Francis Thynne. It is the earliest in which thorough punctuation was attempted, and in many ways was a distinct improvement upon Speght s first edition." Pforzheimer catalogue Chaucer's work is the cornerstone of English poetry. Next to Shakespeare's folio, it is probably the most influential work in English. The importance of Chaucer's role in the development of vernacular English would take (and has taken) volumes to describe. Chaucer s classic tale of a band of pilgrims en route to Canterbury was written in about 1387 and consisted of 17,000 lines in prose and verse of various metres, although the rhyming couplet is predominate. The importance of Chaucer s tale to English literary history is paramount, its themes, characters and style would be to English nearly what Homer is to Greek. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: WORKES OF OUR ANCIENT AND LEARNED ENGLISH ...
Publisher: London Printed by Adam Islip 1602
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