London: printed by Adam Islip, 1598. 4to., 8 1/2" x 12 1/2"; G; spine light brown leather with a red label and gilt lettering; spine has some scratches on body, wear to head and tail, cracking on edges; both boards blind-stamped with identical decorative motifs; worn tooling on both fore-edges of boards, top edge of front board, lower edge of rear board; bumping and peeling to corners; both boards have wear and scratches; general condition of the book is good, given the following defects; this copy is lacking the frontispiece, title page, and folio pages 20-23, 98-115, 158-160; the pagination of the following books shows duplication of pages but different text per page: third, fourth, fifth book of Boecius, Dreme of Chaucer; errors in page numbers Fol. 248-257; lacking pages Fol. 284-323, 338-339; Fol. 339 instead of Fol. 345; lacking pages Fol. 346-347, 349-350; Fol. 359 labeled Fol. 358; the last page of this volume is Fol. 382; This volume comes with the warning caveat emptor, as this book comes with a substantial amount of problems, and is sold as is and with all defects. While we have listed a number of said defects, it is a certainty that not all are listed, and as such we recommend caution; shelved case 3; Thomas Speght was a schoolmaster. His first edition of Chaucer's works appeared in 1598. It was printed by Adam Islip and brought out in three impressions: this one was printed 'at the charges of Thomas Wight'. Strictly speaking, it may be more correctly described as an augmented reprint of John Stow's edition of 1561. However, its additions are noteworthy in including the beginnings of editorial apparatus. This is quite clear from the title-page's list of new features: these include Chaucer's 'portraiture and progenie shewed'; 'his life collected'; 'arguments to every booke gathered'; 'old and obscure words explained'; 'authors by him cited, declared'; 'difficulties opened' and finally, 'two bookes of his, never before printed'. The biographical material was the first life of Chaucer to appear in English, and its details provided the basic facts of his standard biography until the middle of the Nineteenth Century. The two books 'never before printed' were The Floure and the Leafe and The Isle of Ladies (but called by Speght 'Chaucer's Dreame'). Neither of these works are now credited as being by Chaucer. Dupont. (Inventory #: 9-36-1261377)
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