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CHAUCER, Geoffrey.

The Workes of Geffray Chaucer newly printed,

with dyvers workes whiche were never in print before.

London, [Nicholas Hill] for Wyllyam Bonham, [1550?] Stock Code: 141347
£2,500.00

Blackletter edition, with two woodcuts

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Notes

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. The history of the woodcuts is traced by David R. Carlson, "Woodcut Illustrations of the Canterbury Tales, 1482-1602," The Library, 6th ser., 19 (1997): 25-67.

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Description

Folio (308 x 197 mm). Brown crushed morocco by Zaehnsdorf with their exhibition stamp to foot of rear turn-in, spine lettered in gilt, turn-ins ruled in gilt, gilt edges.

Illustrations

Printed in black letter in two columns. Title page and separate title for "Romaunt of the Rose" within decorative border, woodcut of the Knight on B1r, woodcut of the Squire on E6v, woodcut initials throughout.

Condition

Money-Coutts family copy, with their bookplate to front pastedown, dated 1889 signed J.D.B., i.e. John Dickson Batten (1860-1932). Lacking 7 leaves: A1 title, A2, A8, E1 (fol. xviii), E5,6 (fols. xxiii-xxiv), and 3Q1 (fol. ccli). Some misbinding in quires 3K and 3P. Without final blank 3Q6. The title and following leaf supplied in good quality facsimile on matching laid paper; paper restoration to fore margins of A2-4 (recte A3-5) and lower margin of A7, and a couple of lower outer corners elsewhere, text unaffected; the contents apparently lightly washed and pressed at time of rebinding, the paper still strong; with the stated imperfections, a good copy of an edition usually found in poor, defective condition.

Bibliography

Luborsky & Ingram, English Illustrated Books, 1536-1603, 5071; Pforzheimer 174 (Thynne issue); STC 5071.

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