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 327 x 212 mm) collating: [23 leaves], 376 leaves, [14 leaves]. Lacking the first blank A1 and the portrait of Chaucer. Textually complete, including the final errata leaf. Bound in full period-style panelled calf, morocco spine label. Wear to the edge of the title page and slight staining to the first few leaves, otherwise an excellent copy internally. Small split to the binding at the foot of the front board, a larger split to the rear board (about 3.5 inches long), otherwise binding holding well.
"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). 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 #4734)