Initially published in 1532, the first comprehensive printed collection of Chaucer’s works was edited by William Thynne, a courtier in the household of King Henry VIII. This third edition is of special interest for its inclusion within the Canterbury Tales of the anti-papal Ploughman’s Tale before the Parson’s Tale, previous editions having placed it outside of the main sequence of stories that comprise the Tales.
The Queens’ copy is unusual for the presence in it of Chaucer’s coat of arms on a painted label, pasted in by a former owner (possibly Penelope Horton).
Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
Title: The workes of Geffray Chaucer newly printed (London, 1550?)
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