1893 text

This was Speght’s edition of 1602, which is still in the Pepysian Library. The book is bound in calf, with brass clasps and bosses. It is not lettered.

This text comes from a footnote on a diary entry in the 1893 edition edited by Henry B. Wheatley.

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Michael Robinson  •  Link

Chaucer, Geoffrey, d. 1400.

The vvorkes of our ancient and learned English poet, Geffrey 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 prouerbes noted. 4 The signification of the old and obscure words prooued: also caracters shewing from what tongue or dialect they be deriued. 5 The Latine and French, not Englished by Chaucer, translated. 6 The treatise called Iacke Vpland, 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.
[24], 376, [14] leaves, plate: ill., port.; 2⁰.

The editorial dedication is signed by Thomas Speght, who was assisted by Francis Thynne, it includes "The siege of Thebes" by John Lydgate and contains much else not by Chaucer.

On July 8th. 1664 SP describes having his copy bound and fitted with brass clasps and bosses; so bound it is now at Magdalene, PL 2365

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