London: E. Grant Richards, 1907. First Clark Illustrated Edition. Quarto, pp.xiii, 235. Bound in recent red half calf over red cloth boards, with raised bands and gilt titles to spine; top edge gilt, other edges uncut, original frontboard and spine bound in at rear. Illustrated with six colour plates by Clark. Binding shows well, and is free from signs of wear. A little foxing throughout. A lovely edition of one of the defining masterpieces of English literature, rendered into, if not contemporary English, English that will at least be comprehensible without a glossary - no femenye, or manasynge, or trouthe. However, it should be noted that the editor has chosen a "representative sample" of the tales, and that this is not a complete translation; it omits several of the bawdiest tales, such as those of the Miller and the Reeve, but includes other favourites, such as the Knight, Franklin, and the Wife of Bath, and some lesser known but equally funny stories, including the Canon's Yeoman. Item #43738
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