London: Adam Islip, 1602. First Thus. Second appearance of the Thomas Speght edition of Chaucer, and the seventh edition of Chaucer's works overall. Folio (pages 315 x 209 mm) collating: [24 leaves], 376 leaves, [14 leaves]. Lacking the first blank A1, otherwise complete with the portrait of Chaucer as well as the final errata leaf, UUU8 (sometimes lacking). Bound in full period-style black morocco. The portrait of Chaucer is remargined. First sixteen leaves with marginal repair to the upper inside margin (a handful of other leaves with corners repaired). Black letter with double columns. Internally, an excellent copy.
"This edition was considerably revised mainly with the aid of Francis Thynne. It is the earliest in which thorough punctuation was attempted, and in many other ways it is a distinct improvement upon Speght's first edition" (Pforzheimer, page 179).
A sumptuous collection of literature from one of England's greatest early masters. Geoffrey Chaucer is credited with setting the style of Middle English literature. He is often considered England’s first “poet laureate” – after he received a reward from Richard II for one of his poems. Although Chaucer is famous chiefly for his medieval-era masterpiece, The Canterbury Tales, his works are also thought to have help make the English vernacular a popular literary language. While famous in their own right, Chaucer's works have also influenced just about every major luminary of English literature to come after him.
Grolier 43. STC 5077. Pforzheimer 177. (Item #2611)