1822 Fables from Boccaccio and Chaucer
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Illustrated, Leather Binding, Original Binding
A collection of classical and medieval poetry translated by John Dryden, interspersed with the Poet Laureate's own works. The seventeenth century poet, critic, translator and playwright dominated the literary life of Restoration England, to the extent the period came to be known in literary circles as 'the Age of Dryden'. This slim volume includes his translation of Geoffrey Chaucer's Wife of Bath, and an imitation of Chaucer's prologue on the Good Parson, as well as a later mediaeval poem, The Flower and the Leaf, and Dryden's own work Palamon and Arcite.
In a quarter calf binding over marbled boards. Externally, rather smart. Lightly rubbed to the boards, with some light wear to the joints. A little more worn to the head of the spine, with a scuff to the calf to the top rear extremity. Aside from the odd spot to the first few leaves, pages are bright and clean.
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