May 05, 2022 - Sale 2603

Sale 2603 - Lot 76

Price Realized: $ 15,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 8,000 - $ 10,000
Chaucer, Geoffrey (c. 1343-1400)
The Woorkes.

[London: Imprinted by Ihon Kyngston, for Ihon Wight, 1561.]

Folio, fifth edition, title page with large woodcut of Chaucer's arms dominating the page, edited by William Thynne with non-Chaucerian additions by John Stowe; printed in black letter in two columns, divisional titles printed within broad woodcut border showing the genealogy of the Houses of York and Lancaster down to Henry VIII (McKerrow & Ferguson 75); woodcut of a knight on horseback on the first leaf of the Knight's Tale (B1); bound in full 18th century calf, tooled in gilt, rebacked, aeg., 12 x 8 1/2 in.

This edition of Chaucer's Works is thought to have been Shakespeare's source for the story of "Troilus and Cressida."

STC 5076; ESTC S107207; Langland to Wither 42.

From the Ken Rapoport Collection.