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“THE HIGH PITCH OF PERFECTION TO WHICH HE BROUGHT THE ART OF NARRATION IN VERSE” (RALEIGH)

CHAUCER, Geoffrey. Works. London, 1687.

Third Speght edition of Chaucer’s works, the last edition to be set in Gothic type, with engraved frontispiece “Progeny of Chaucer,” incorporating a full-length portrait of the author and an image of his tomb. A beautiful volume in period-style calf-gilt. $6500.

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URRY’S 1721 ILLUSTRATED FOLIO EDITION OF CHAUCER, IN CONTEMPORARY CALF BOARDS

CHAUCER, Geoffrey (URRY, John, editor). The Works. London, 1721.

First edition of Urry's folio edition of Chaucer's works, the first collected Chaucer in the easier-to-read Roman typeface, with three previously unpublished tales, beautifully illustrated with fine copper-engraved portraits, one of Chaucer by Vertue and one of Urry by Pigue, as well as a handsome title page vignette and numerous in-text copper engravings of the various Canterbury pilgrims. A handsome copy. $5200.

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“THERE IS NO PRODUCTION OF MAN THAT DISPLAYS MORE VARIOUS AND VIGOROUS TALENT THAN THE CANTERBURY TALES”

(CHAUCER) GODWIN, William. Life of Geoffrey Chaucer. London, 1804. Four volumes.

First octavo edition (second edition overall) of Godwin’s highly esteemed biography of the English language’s first great poet, with three engraved frontispiece portraits, handsomely bound in contemporary calf-gilt. $1350.

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