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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."