Canterbury Tales

In an attractive quarter leather binding


Geoffrey Chaucer, in contemporary verse by J U Nicolson, with the woodcuts of William Caxton.


The Franklin Library, Pennsylvania, 1981
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Printing Details

First thus, hardback, bound in quarter leather with cloth covered boards, gilt decoration, titling and three raised bands to the spine. All edges gilt. 24 × 14.5cm, 618pp.

From the Tabard Inn in Southwark, a jovial group of pilgrims assembles, including an unscrupulous Pardoner, a noble-minded Knight, a ribald Miller, the lusty Wife of Bath, and Chaucer himself. As they set out on their journey towards the shrine of Thomas a Becket in Canterbury, each character agrees to tell a tale. The twenty-four tales that follow are by turns learned, fantastic, pious, melancholy and lewd, and together offer an unrivalled glimpse into the mind and spirit of medieval England.


This copy is in very good condition.



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