Hardback book in excellent condition with protective dust jacket. Dust jacket has minor scratches on the back.
Original Author Geoffrey Chaucer, in the translation by Frank Ernest Hill, Illustration by Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris
"Now in that season it befell one day
In Southwark at the Tabard as I lay,
Ready upon my pilgrimage to start
Toward Canterbury, reverent of heart,
There came at night into that hostelry
Full nine and twenty in a company,
People of all kinds that had chanced to fall
In fellowship, and they were pilgrims all
Riding to Canterbury."
Lines from the General Prologue of Chaucer's most famous work, The Canterbury Tales, set the scene perfectly for an enjoyable romp through 14th-century England in the company of a band of engaging characters, including the bawdy Miller, the scandalous Wife, the shy Student and the valiant Knight. Their stories are presented in a modern English verse translation which succeeds in retaining the charm of the original while ensuring the text is accessible to a general readership.
This sumptuous edition also includes plates from the celebrated Kelmscott Chaucer, which was produced in 1896 by pre-Raphaelite artists William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones and inspired by the illuminated manuscripts of Chaucer's time.
Although it was never completed, The Canterbury Tales has succeeded in cementing a place as one of the earliest masterpieces of English literature. This unique edition ensures it will remain there.
A perfect book for lovers of old poetry or those studying English at either A Level, undergraduate or postgraduate level.