[London: printed by John Kyngston for John White, anno. 1561].
Stowe edition, issue without illustrations in prelims. Large woodcut arms of Chaucer to title, separate titles for Canterbury Tales and Romaunt of the Rose printed within elaborate historiated border, woodcut of Knight at head of his tale, woodcut initials, head and tail pieces. , 378 ff. Printed in two columns. 1 vols. Folio. 1561 Stowe edition. Modern calf. Title page laid down with losses to blank top corners and inner margin, second leaf silked with marginal losses affecting a few letter, final leaf repaired with marginal losses not affecting text, a handful of additional repairs and tears throughout, some dust-soiling and intermittent browning, STC (2nd ed) 5076; Langland to Wither 42. Item #318052
The fifth printed edition of Chaucer overall. The editing is mostly William Thynne's, from his edition of 1532, with several additions made by John Stowe of pieces he attributed to Chaucer, now proved spurious. Stowe's edition was, however, that most likely used by the Elizabethans, including Shakespeare in creating his Troilus and Cressida.
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