First edition thus, limited to 1000 copies (this copy not numbered). Folio (38cm by 28cm), xliv, 793pp. Original brown cloth spine, grey cloth boards, red title label to the spine with gilt titling. The title label on the spine is scuffed, the boards are dusty, there is some light creasing of the front free endpaper, else the contents are in very good condition. Overall, this copy is in good plus condition. Facsimile of the 1532 edition, with an introduction by Walter W Skeat.
With an Introduction by Walter W. Skeat. Attractive bookplate on pastedown; very rubbed at edges with some dark spotting to the binding, particularly along the bottom of the spine; but tight and sound. Xliv, 791 pp. (facsimile). Folio,
Good+ with no dust jacket. Leather on boards abraded and deteriorated with surface losses over large areas. The leather on the boards has been treated for red rot with cellugel (hydroxypropylcellulose), so the volume can now be handled without red dust rubbing off onto your hands. Spine leather in very good condition, joints strong. Narrow splits to gutters at hinges. Internally very good. Provenance: ex-libris bookplate of Ralph V. Westwood. The bookplate shows a knight on horseback crossing a stone bridge.; A facsimile of the 1532 edition, reproduced by photolithography. This copy is Number 163 of an edition of 1000 copies. xliv, 793 pages. Full leather binding. Spine with five raised bands and red morocco lettering piece. Page dimensions: 372 x 265mm. Skeat's introduction includes a list of the first eight collected editions of Chaucer, and notes on each individual poem, mentioning for some poems their printing history and whether their authorship can be attributed to Geoffrey Chaucer.; Folio.
Works of Geoffrey Chaucer and Others: Being a Reproduction in Facsimile of the First Collected Edition 1532, from the Copy in the British Museum
by Geoffrey Chaucer
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