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CHAUCER (Geoffrey). The workes of Geffray Chaucer newly printed with dyuers workes whiche were neuer in print before: As in the table more playnly dothe appere. Cum priuilegio. [Edited by William Thynne].1551

Imprynted at London by [Nicholas Hill for] Thomas Petit, dwellyng in Paules churche yarde at the sygne of the Maydens heed. Cum priuilegio ad imprimendum dum folum. Fourth collected edition, folio (298 x 190 mm), collation: A8; B-U6; X4; Aa-Qqq6 (the last blank), 350 leaves present (lacking 4 leaves: A4, A5, QQQ1 and final blank), title page and separate title for "Romau[n]t of the Rose" within decorative border, woodcut of the Knight on B1r, woodcut of the Squire on E6v, woodcut initials throughout, printed in double-column in black Letter, outer upper corner of Xiii torn away, eeeiii holed with paper flaw, repair to lower portion of final leaf, some light water staining, nineteenth-century brown morocco, tooled in blind with fleurons. The third edition of the collected works of Chaucer, first published in 1532, this being one of four variants, each with a different publisher's name in the colophon (the others being Richard Kele, William Bonham and Robert Toye), who are likely to have shared equally in the edition. The two woodcuts of The Knyght and The Squire are here printed for the first time, and continue to be printed through black editions up to 1602. Provenance: Early Ms. notes to head of title page, early ownership signature "Roger Goodday his booke bought of ? Gadston"; nineteenth-century armorial bookplate of GHB. STC 5073; Pforzheimer 174; Wither to Prior 31.

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