Explore Collections Explore The Collections
You are here: CollectionsOnline  /  The Canterbury tales of Chaucer. To which are added, an essay upon his language and versification; an introductory discourse; and notes. Vol.V. Containing a glossary.
top left corner
top right corner
bottom left corner
bottom right corner
Image Not Yet Available
CHAUCER, Geoffrey (1340?--1400)
[Canterbury tales. 1778]
The Canterbury tales of Chaucer. To which are added, an essay upon his language and versification; an introductory discourse; and notes. Vol.V. Containing a glossary.
London: printed for T. Payne and Son, 1778.
[4], xxvii, [1], 290, [2] p. ; 20.7 cm. (8°)

This is the fifth and final volume of Thomas Tyrwhitt's edition of 'The Canterbury Tales', the first four volumes of which appeared in 1775 and were designed to supersede John Urry's edition of 1721 (q.v.). Soane, however, did not acquire vols I--IV and may have purchased this volume with an eye to its usefulness as a glossary of Chaucerian vocabulary. Noted for his studies of Shakespeare and this edition of Chaucer, it was Tyrwhitt who edited Chatterton's Rowley poems (1777--78) and in an 'Appendix' proved that they were not actually Middle English poems, but a fabrication by the young Thomas Chatterton. The final leaf is blank. ESTC t76319.

Copy Notes This volume only. Largely unopened.

Binding Late C18th or early C19th blue paper boards, without spine-label, spine-title in pencil reading 'Chaucer'.

Reference Number 1885


If you have any further information about this book,
please contact us:

books@soane.org.uk