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CHAUCER, Geoffrey (1340?--1400)
[Works. 1602]
The vvorkes of ovr ancient and learned English poet, Geffrey Chaucer, newly printed. To that which was done in the former impression, thus much is now added. 1 In the life of Chaucer many things inserted. 2 The whole worke by old copies reformed. 3 Sentences and prouerbes noted. 4 The signification of the old and obscure words prooued: also caracters shewing from what tongue or dialect they be deriued. 5 The Latine and French, not Englished by Chaucer, translated. 6 The treatise called Iacke Vpland, against friers: and Chaucers A.B.C. called La priere de nostre Dame, at this impression added.
London: printed by Adam Islip, An. Dom. 1602.
[24], 179, 178--376, [14] leaves, [1] engr. pl. : geneal. tables ; 31.0 cm. (2º)

This is the seventh edition overall of Chaucer's collected works; a variant of the same year has 'impensis Geor. Bishop' in imprint. Blackletter. Speght's first edition appeared in 1598. This is a revised edition with the aid of Francis Thynne. According to Pforzheimer, this edition is 'the earliest in which thorough punctuation was attempted, and in many other ways it is a distinct improvement upon Speght's first edition'. Two hitherto unprinted pieces are inserted, the 'A.B.C.' and the non-Chaucerian 'Iacke Vpland' (Jack Upland); also included is 'The Storie Of Thebes' (The siege of Thebes) by John Lydgate. The plate has the heading 'The Progenie Of Geffrey Chaucer' and is signed with the monogram 'IS', i.e. John Speed. There is a full-page woodcut arms of Chaucer on the division title, and a head-piece woodcut of a knight at the beginning of 'The Knights tale'. With a final errata leaf. Pforzheimer notes that some copies have slip of paper pasted in at the bottom of the verso of folio 88 supplying a line. The collation includes an initial printer's blank (sig. [a1]). ESTC s107210; STC 5080; Pforzheimer, 178.

Copy Notes Without slip of paper pasted in at the bottom of the verso of folio 88, and lacking the initial blank leaf. With yellow binder's ticket attached to verso of first free-endpaper: 'Bound by Welcher, 12 Villiers Strt. Strand'. Bought at Lord Lyttelton's sale, 1823 (q.v.), lots 28 for £4 12s. (Soane Journal, 11 July 1823). Entered in the sale catalogue: 'bound by Welcher, in imitation of the Old Oak Sides, a choice and elaborate Specimen of the Binding Art'. The title-page bears an earlier ownership inscription in ink in a later C17th hand, cropped at the head, which has not been deciphered.

Binding C19th heavy boards, squared corners, bevelled edges, blind-stamped red morocco, blind-tooled spine compartments, gilt lettering, blind-tooled Greek key doublures, double endbands, gilt edges, red silk bookmark. Bound by Samuel Welcher (at Villiers Street between 1805 and 1809). Discussed briefly in C. Ramsden, London bookbinders, 1780--1840, (London 1987), p. 147.

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