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    First Edition of Godwin's Life of Chaucer

    [Geoffrey Chaucer]. William Godwin. Life of Geoffrey Chaucer, the Early English Poet; Including Memoirs of His Near Friend and Kinsman, John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster: with Sketches of the Manners, Opinions, Arts and Literature of England in the Fourteenth Century. London: Printed by T. Davidson, White Friars; For Richard Phillips, 1803.

    First edition. Two quarto volumes. xxxvi, 489, [2] (blank), [1] (corrections); vii, [i], 642, [32] pages. Engraved portrait frontispiece of Chaucer and of John Gaunt in Volumes I and II, respectively.

    Contemporary green straight-grained morocco over boards; smooth spines richly decorated and lettered in gilt. Boards with gilt border enclosing central panel of marbled paper. Red marbled edges. Bookplate of Mere Hall on front pastedowns of both volumes. Slight cracking of the dry leather of the spines. Marbled paper of the boards somewhat rubbed. Overall, an attractive set in very good condition.

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