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    [Geoffrey Chaucer]. John Urry. The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer... London: 1721. First Urry edition.

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    [Geoffrey Chaucer]. John Urry. The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer... London: Bernard Lintot, 1721. First Urry edition.

    Elephant folio (17.625 x 11.125 inches; 447 x 282 mm.). [52], 626, 81 [glossary], [1, errata]. Copper-engraved frontis portrait of Urry by Pigné, title vignette, woodcut head- and tailpieces, initials, and 26 half-page engravings to illustrate each of the Canterbury Tales. Lacking the title portrait.

    Contemporary paneled calf. Rebacked in brown calf with spine in eight compartments between seven raised bands with titles in gilt on red label and seven decorative motifs in gilt. Boards worn at edges with loss at corners; calf rubbed and scarred; endpapers replaced; pages toned at edges, particularly frontispiece and title page; frontispiece creased; offsetting from frontispiece on title page; pages foxed mildly throughout..

    Contemporary full calf with decoration stamped in blind on the boards. Eight compartments between seven raised bands. Spine shows evidence of old and significant repairs, still there is a 4 inch split in the joint of the front board. Boards dark with age, scuffed and worn along the edges and corners. Front free endpaper missing. Frontis has ghosted onto the facing title page. Front hinge cracked. Two small armorial bookplates on the front pastedown. The contents are sound and reasonably bright and overall the book is in very good condition.

    Urry's edition includes three previously unpublished tales: "The Adventure of the Pardoner and Tapster at the Inn at Canterbury", "The Merchant's Second Tale", and "The Coke's Tale of Gamelyn". Urry began editing this edition of Chaucer in 1711 but died in 1715 before it could be completed. The project was transferred to Thomas Ainsworth, who died in 1719, and finally to Timothy Thomas, who completed it.



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