30 April 2008
CHAUCER, Geoffrey (c. 1345-1400). Workes. Edited by William Thynne. London: [N. Hill for] William Bohnam, [1550?].
2° (287 x 190mm). 2 woodcuts, one with woodcut side-pieces, section title for Roman de la Rose with 4-piece architectural woodcut border, woodcut ornamental initials, black letter, double column, headlines with foliation. (Lacking 28 leaves [D2, P5-6, Q1-3, Ooo5-6, Ppp6 Qqq6], about 14 leaves defective, some staining, numerous tears, most repaired, without loss.) 17th-century English calf (rebacked preserving gilt backstrip, modern flyleaves). Provenance: Arthur Taylor of Grantham/Londonthorpe, Lincolnshire (several contemporary inscriptions) -- Grace Cockit (early inscription) -- Thomas Hewet (17th-century inscription) -- Francis Ferrand Foljambe (stamp).
Fourth collected edition, published jointly by four booksellers; this is the issue for William Bonham. Thynne's was the first critical edition of Chaucer and several of his edited versions remained the best or earliest text available. Grolier, Langland to Wither, 41 (Toye issue); Pforzheimer 174 (Petit issue); STC 5071.
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