The Workes of our ancient and learned English Poet, Geoffrey Chaucer, newly printed. To that which was done in the former Impression, thus much is now added. 1. In the Life of Chaucer many Things inserted. 2. The whole Worke by old Copies reformed. 3. Sentences and Proverbes noted. 4. The Signification of the old and obscure Words prooved: also Characters shewing from what Tongue or Dialect they be derived. 5. The Latine and French, not Englished by Chaucer, translated. 6. The Treatise called Jacke Upland, against Friers: and Chaucers A. B. C. called La Priere de Nostre Dame, at this Impression added.

London, Printed by Adam Islip. An. Dom. 1602.

Folio., ff. [24], 376, [14], black letter, with a copperplate portrait of Chaucer within a family tree by John Speed after Hoccleve, woodcut initials, terminal errata leaf; title-page slightly dusty, but a very good copy in early stiff vellum, red morocco label.


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Second Thomas Speght edition (sixth collected edition), revised much for the better by Francis Thynne; this is the variant with Adam Islip rather than George Bishop in the imprint. The portrait of Chaucer, which first appeared in the Speght edition of 1598, is the first engraved representation of the poet.

Francis Thynne, son of William Thynne who had edited Chaucer’s Workes in 1532, had been preparing a commentary on Chaucer when Thomas Speght published his edition of 1598. Thynne abandoned his commentary, wrote some criticisms of Speght’s edition, and then joined with Speght to produce this revised edition, also contributing a poem ‘Upon the picture of Chaucer’. This is the first edition to attempt thorough punctuation, the important glossary is nearly doubled in size, and two pieces, one by Chaucer (‘La Priere de Nostre Dame’), and one not (‘Jack Upland’), appear here for the first time.

STC 5080; Pforzheimer 178.

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