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The Canterbury Tales.
London Pickering 1822 - Five octavo volumes. vi, lx, 284pp.; (vi), 354pp.; (vi), 291pp.; (vi), 344pp.; x, 300pp. Includes engraved portrait of the author and an illustration of the pilgrimage. An early work by Pickering, considered his "first entirely characteristic production." After producing several fine miniature books as his first publishing effort and establishing his career with two small books, Pickering's ideas and ambitions grew. Cautious of risk, the Canterbury Tales were produced with the assistance of publishers Richard and Septimus Prowett, but Keynes notes that "the inspiration responsible for the book is unmistakable." This edition of Chaucer's tales, which formed the foundation of English literature, was edited by the poet and scholar Sir Thomas Tyrwhitt. A handsome set in later purple-crushed morocco binding by Bayntun, with gilt filigree work on the front and back panels, gilt panels and lettering on the spines, raised bands, gilt turn-ins, and marbled endpapers. A.e.g. Bookplate in each volume. Slight rubbing to hinges of volume I, else fine. Housed in fleece-lined, blue cloth slipcase. (Keynes, pp.15). [Attributes: Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Bromer Booksellers, Inc., ABAA]
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