Whan that Aprill with his shoures soote…

Chaucer, Geoffrey (d. 1400)

The Works of our ancient, learned, [and] excellent English poet, Jeffrey Chaucer: as they have lately been compar’d with the best manuscripts; and several things added, never before in print. To which is adjoyn’d, The story of the siege of Thebes, by John Lidgate, monk of Bury. Together with the life of Chaucer, shewing his countrey, parentage, education, marriage, children, revenues, service, reward, friends, books, death. Also a table, wherein the old and obscure words in Chaucer are explained, and such words (which are many) that either are, by nature or derivation, Arabick, Greek, Latine, Italian, French, Dutch, or Saxon, mark’d with particular notes for the better understanding their original

London: [s.n.], 1687


Folio: 31.5 x 20.3 cm. [36], 660, [24] pp. Collation: pi2, A4, a-c4, B-Z4, Aa-Zz4, Aaa-Zzz4, Aaaa-Rrrr4, Ssss2


Bound in contemporary speckled calf, upper and lower joints cracked, corners bumped. With the engraved full-length portrait of Chaucer and his “Progenie”. Leaf c1 has the magnificent ¾ page woodcut of Chaucer’s arms. This is a fine copy with minor faults: upper margin of title discreetly repaired with printed rule made whole in ink. There is a small, very light dampstain in lower blank margin of a few signatures, a short tear in gutter of leaf X2 (no loss), two small paper defects in outer margin of leaf 4F1, no loss. This edition follows those of Speight (1598 and 1602). It includes for the first time the newly discovered conclusions to the Cook’s and Squire’s Tales (Leaf Ssss2 verso.)

The contents are: “The Canterbury Tales”, together with the “Prologues”; “The Romaunt of the Rose”; “Troilus and Criseyde”; “The Legend of Good Women”; Chaucer’s translation of Boethius’ “Consolation of Philosophy”; “The Dreame of Chaucer”; “The Assemblie of Foules”; The Flower of Courtesie”; “How Pitie is Dead”; “La Belle Dame sans Mercie”; “Annelida and false Arcite”; “The Assembly of Ladies”; The Conclusion of the Astrolaby”; “The Complaint of the Black Knight”; “A Prayse of Women”; The House of Fame”; “The Testament of Love”; “Jake Upland”; John Lydgate’s “Siege of Thebes” and a number of other minor works.

Pforzheimer, 179; Wing (CD-ROM, 1996), C3736