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CHAUCER, Geoffrey.

Rare books by Geoffrey Chaucer including finely bound copies and early and first editions of The Canterbury Tales and the collected works.

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  1. The workes of Geffrey Chaucer, newlie printed,

    The workes of Geffrey Chaucer, newlie printed,

    with dyvers workes whiche were never in print before: as in the table more playnly dothe appere.]
    First complete collected edition of Chaucer and the first attempt to collect into a single volume the complete writings of an English author. The Canterbury Tales alone had been first printed by Caxton, first without and then with woodcuts, before Pynson attempted something like a collected edition in three separate publications of c.1526, but Godfray's publication "was the first attempt at a critical edition and for over 200 years provided the standard text of The Canterbury Tales" (Hayward). Learn More
    £150,000

    Date of Publication: 1532

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 108308

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  2. The Workes of Geffray Chaucer newly printed,

    The Workes of Geffray Chaucer newly printed,

    with dyvers workes whiche were never in print before.
    Fourth collected edition, one of four variants each with a different publisher's name in the colophon: the others were Richard Kele, Thomas Petit, and Robert Toye. Pforzheimer notes that, to judge from the relative numbers of extant copies, it is probable that they shared equally in the edition. The woodcuts of the pilgrims that had first been printed in Caxton's 1483 edition are here replaced by two new cuts, of The Knight and The Squire, which were then reprinted in later black letter editions through to 1602. Learn More
    £25,000

    Date of Publication: [1550?]

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 105500

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  3. The Workes of our Ancient and lerned English Poet, Geffrey Chaucer, newly Printed.

    The Workes of our Ancient and lerned 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 Proverbes noted. 4 The Signification of the old and obscure works proved: also Caracters shewing from what Tongue or Dialect they be derived. 5 The Latine and French, not Englished by Chaucer, translated. 6 The Treatise called Jacke Upland, against Friers: and Chaucers A.B.C. called La priere de nostre Dame, at this Impression added.
    Second Speght edition, including the first appearance in print of the ABC; a variant has Adam Islip's name in the imprint. The schoolmaster Thomas Speght (d. 1621) had the help of the antiquary John Stow and his 1598 edition is essentially a revision of Stow's own edition of 1561. Nevertheless Speght's extensive apparatus and glossary were by far the most elaborate yet, giving Chaucer the dignity a classical author might receive. Learn More
    £6,000

    Date of Publication: 1602

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 66161

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  4. The Complete Works.

    The Complete Works.

    Edited from numerous manuscripts by Walter W. Skeat.
    A handsomely bound copy. Skeat was one of the leading medievalists of his day. His edition of Chaucer's works, first published in seven volumes from 1894 to 1894, remained the standard for almost half a century after publication, and its "interpretative and historical notes were regularly consulted by editors working on the Riverside edition of Chaucer, published in 1987" (ODNB). Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1906

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115755

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