The 1602 Speght Edition of Chaucer's Works

    Ge[o]ffrey Chaucer. The Workes of Our Ancient and Learned English Poet, Geffrey Chavcer, 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 Prouerbes noted. 4 The Signification of the old and obscure words prooued: also caracters shewing from what Tongue or Dialect they be deriued. 5 The Latine and French, not Englished by Chaucer, translated. 6 The Treatise called Iacke Vpland, against Friers: and Chaucers A. B. C. called La priere de nostre Dame, at this Impression added. London: Geor. Bishop, 1602.

    Sixth edition and second Speght edition, with the uncommon Bishop imprint. Folio in sixes. [50], 376 numbered leaves, [28] pages. Woodcut title border, engraved portrait, woodcut vignette of a knight at head of first tale, woodcut initials. Text in Black Letter, mostly in two columns. Glossary. Errata sheet.

    Contemporary calf, blind triple-rule borders and gilt arabesque design on boards. Newly rebacked and recornered, new endpapers. Leaf 335 repaired; preliminary (blank) leaf repaired, with early ink notations. Inked name on title page of previous owner, Edward Reynolds (presumably the Bishop of Norwich), dated 1643. A very good copy.

    "This edition was considerably revised mainly with the aid of Francis Thynee. It is the earliest in which thorough punctuation was attempted, and in many ways it is a distinct improvement upon Speght's first edition. Two hitherto unprinted pieces are inserted, one non-Chaucerian" (Pforzheimer 178).

    Grolier Club, Langland to Wither, 44. Pforzheimer 178. STC 5081.

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