Lot 428: Chaucer (Geoffrey). The Workes of Geffray Chaucer newly printed, with dyvers workes whiche were never in print before: As in the table more playnly dothe appere. Cum privilegio, [Imprinted at London: by [Nicholas Hill for] Rycharde Kele, dwellynge in Lombarde strete nere unto the stockes market at the sygne of the Egle, ], black letter text in double column, woodcut title (supplied from the 1561 John Stowe edition), trimmed and relaid, 3 unsigned preliminary leaves, A1 missing, 355 leaves (starting at signature B), numbered in roman numerals, numerous woodcut initials, separate part-title to romaunt of the Rose with woodcut decorative border, woodcut illustration to the head of the Knyghtes Tale and Squires Tale, some fraying and marginal damp marking to preliminary leaves and signature A, generally not affecting text, A6, with dampstain more visible, and frayed with loss to upper and lower outer margins, affecting a few letters to upper outer corner (with later paper repairs), S5 with closed tear repaired to lower outer corner, slightly affecting one or two words, 3Q numbers 2-5 with outer margins somewhat trimmed, not affecting text, except for 3Q2, where there is loss of some words and letters, light dampstain to lower margins towards rear of volume, otherwise generally in good condition, occasional early ink mark, 18th century ink signature of William Herbert, to front blank, with his engraved bookplate, and that of James McBryde, St. Helens to front pastedown, all edges gilt, early 18th century gilt-decorated dark blue full morocco, rubbed and some minor marks, spine somewhat sunned, folio STC 5072. Pforzheimer 174 (Thynne issue). The third edition of the collected works of Chaucer, this being one of four variants, each with a different publisher's name in the colophon (the others being Thomas Petit, Wyllyam 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. The third edition of William Thynne's version of Chaucer's Works, first published in 1532. (1)
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