Trial-Forewords to My Parallel-Text Edition of Chaucer's Minor Poems for the Chaucer Society (with a Try to Set Chaucer's Works in Their Right Order

Trial-Forewords to My Parallel-Text Edition of Chaucer's Minor Poems for the Chaucer Society (with a Try to Set Chaucer's Works in Their Right Order

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1871 edition. Excerpt: ...The first printed edition remaining to us is that by Julian Notary (he printed from 1499 to 1501), of which a unique copy' is in the Library at Britwell, belonging to Mr S. Christie-Miller, and hc has kindly allowed me to print it. It came to his hands from his predecessor, the founder of the Library, and was formerly in the libraries of Sir M. M. Sykes, Mr Heber, and the Duke of Roxburghe. It is so carelessly printed that I think it must be a reprint of an earlier edition; but it lightly reads "fowles" in the first line--with the Selden MS--and not "louers" with the Fairfax and Tanner MSS, or "floures" or "fooles" (perhaps: fowles) with Shir1ey's paper MS, R. 3. 20, in Trin. Coll. Cambr., or " fioures " with Shir1ey's vellum MS, Harl. 7333. The contrast is clearly between the birds and flowers, glad and fresh, of lines l and 3, and the lovers suffering many a dread, of 1. 5. ' It is an octavo, A and B in eights, and contains, besides the Mars, on B i " 1 The compleynt of Venus for Mars. B iii 1' Here foloweth the counceyll of Chaucer touchyng Maryag &c. whiche was sente te Bucketon &c. (4 stanzas of 8 lines each) B iiii Lydgate 1 The fyrst fynders of the vii. scyences artyficyall (7 st. of 7 l.) B 5 1 Thauctours of vii scyenees (1 st. of 8 lines) 1' The seuen scyences lyberall (1 st. of 8 lines) 1 The disposicyon of the vii planetes (1 st. of 8 lines) The poem professes to be all sung by a bird, except two lines and a half, 1. 13-15; and its Story is all astronomy and mythology, though the rest of the poem shows us that it must have been occasioned by the loves of some warrior and his mistress; for the " Compleynt " of the...show more

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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236886461
  • 9781236886460