The 18th century was a wealth of knowledge, exploration and rapidly growing technology and expanding record-keeping made possible by advances in the printing press. In its determination to preserve the century of revolution, Gale initiated a revolution of its own: digitization of epic proportions to preserve these invaluable works in the largest ...Read MoreThe 18th century was a wealth of knowledge, exploration and rapidly growing technology and expanding record-keeping made possible by advances in the printing press. In its determination to preserve the century of revolution, Gale initiated a revolution of its own: digitization of epic proportions to preserve these invaluable works in the largest archive of its kind. Now for the first time these high-quality digital copies of original 18th century manuscripts are available in print, making them highly accessible to libraries, undergraduate students, and independent scholars.Western literary study flows out of eighteenth-century works by Alexander Pope, Daniel Defoe, Henry Fielding, Frances Burney, Denis Diderot, Johann Gottfried Herder, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and others. Experience the birth of the modern novel, or compare the development of language using dictionaries and grammar discourses. ++++The below data was compiled from various identification fields in the bibliographic record of this title. This data is provided as an additional tool in helping to insure edition identification: ++++British LibraryT106027For additional holdings, please see N66255. Work left unfinished at Urry's death; final revision and completion entrusted to Timothy Thomas, who wrote the preface and glossary.London: printed for Bernard Lintot, 1721. ,626,81, p., plates: ill., ports.; 2Read Less
Very Good+ Elephant folio (440 x 281mm). , 626 pp., 3-81 (pages of glossary), . Engraved vignette of Chaucer's tomb and two full-page engraved portraits, the frontispiece of John Urry and the second of Chaucer. Text in double-column. Contemporary full mottled calf expertly rebacked, tooled in gilt, spine gilt in six compartments with red morocco lettering label to spine; (lightly toned; extremities lightly worn, corners rounded). From the collection of John Hugh Smyth-Pigott (b.1882) of Brockley Hall, a preacher, his armorial bookplate on front pastedown. First Edition. This edition was designed to be a deluxe edition of Chaucer's works with a new commentary by Oxford scholar John Urry. The publishers planned a printing of 1, 250 copies with a hefty subscription price of 30 shillings for copies on fine demi paper and 50 shillings for copies on Royal paper. This edition also benefited from a heightened awareness of Chaucer and his works owing to a series of published modernizations, imitations, and varied celebrations of Chaucer in the early 18th century. Unfortunately, critical commentary on Urry's new edition condemned his editorial license and injustices to Chaucer's texts. While his collation of existing manuscripts and printed copies was exhaustive, he did not seek to retain an authoritative text. The work was hampered by Urry's untimely death (less than halfway through the project), and the death of his successor, Thomas Ainsworth, and the organization of the remaining work by many different scholars with different visions for the edition. The final revision and completion were entrusted to Timothy Thomas (c.1692-1751), who wrote the preface and glossary. The three tales that are mentioned in the title are The Coke's tale of Gamelyn; The merchant's second tale, or The history of Beryn; and The adventure of the pardoner and tapster at the Inn at Canterbury. Urry planned this edition to be printed with a newly-cast blackletter gothic font. However, following his death, the typeface was changed, resulting in the first edition of Chaucer printed in a Roman font.
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