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THE CANTERBURY TALES OF CHAUCER to Which is Added An Essay Upon His Language and Versification; an Introductory Discourse and Notes in 4 Volumes. Plus Vol. V. Containing a Glossary
London: T. Payne, 1775. Complete in 5 volumes. FIRST TYRWHITT EDITION of 1775. Vol V. was published in a few years later in 1778 (but still a first edition for this volume) and the imprint of this volume reads: 'printed for T. Payne and Son' Errata page for v. 1- 4 in vol. 1 (pp. [xxxvii]-[xxxviii]), errata for vol. 5 on p. [xxviii] in vol. 5. Pp: vol.1: [4], xxxvi, [ii], 310; vol. 2: [iv], 318; vol. 3: [iv], 320; vol. 4: vii, [i], 336; v. 5: [iv], xxvii, [i], 290, [ii]. An excellent set in the original uncut state, bound in (presumably the publisher's) original paper-covered boards; the leaf size measuring approximately 204 x 127mm (but being uncut, there is some variation). The contents are very good, tight and clean with minimal foxing to a the odd page. Vol. I has an inscription in very small writing "Dr. Wheeler 12. 6. 1784" to the front end paper and the signature of the same also appears to the end paper of vol. IV. Original publisher's paper covered boards, good with the paper to the spine chipped to a varying degree, some spines missing considerable portions of the original paper covering, though vol. V. is very good with minimal chipping. The paper to the joints and hinges is split in most cases, with the boards firmly attached by the cords, though vol. V. is again very good. There is some general wear and rubbing, particularly to the edges and the corners are worn in most volumes. Whilst the bindings are not what one would describe as "fine", they are original and untouched and as such possess an understated charm. We would certainly not recommend any major intervention or rebinding, but if desired they could be housed in a morocco-backed solander box, which would look well on the shelf. We use very experienced bookbinders and would be happy to commission a solander box on your behalf should you wish. Bibliographical note: "The true restorer of Chaucer, and the founder of all intelligent study of his work, was Thomas Tyrwhitt (1730 - 1786), fellow of Merton College, Oxford.... Tyrwhitt had no theory to serve and no arbitary standard to apply; but he had a combined knowledge of classical and medieval literature then probably unequalled in Europe, a correct ear, a sense of poetry and singularly sane judgment strengthened and directed by legal training... It is quite astonishing....to find how far he was in advance not merely of all his predecessors in the study of Chaucer but....of many who have followed.... Tyrwhitt was interested in the history of verse, as Gray had been, and from his grammatical knowledge and critical sense, he made out the rule of Chaucer's heroic verse which had escaped notice for nearly four hundred years. No other piece of medieval scholarship in England can be compared with Tyrwhitt's in inportance....... The art of the grammarian has seldom been better justifed and there are few things in English philosophy more notable than Tyrwhitt's edition of Chaucer" (CHEL) For further information please do not hesitate to contact us.. Full Leather. Very Good. 8vo.
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