Renaissance and C17 Chaucer Editions, Translations, and Commentaries

The "William Thynne" Chaucer, 1532 (facsimile).  This is one of the early Chaucer editions we do not have in an original print edition. 

Author Chaucer, Geoffrey, d. 1400
Title Complete works. 1905
  The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer and others : being a reproduction in fasimile of the first collected edition 1532, from the copy in the British museum / with an introduction by Walter W. Skeat ..
Pub. Info. London: A. Moring, ltd., H. Frowde, [1905]
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Descript xliv, facsim. : 793 p. illus. ; 38 x 29 cm
Note Original title [within ornamental border]: the workers of / Geffray Chau / cer newly printed/with / dyuers workes whi / che were neuer in / print before: As in the table mor playnly / dothe appere. Cum priulegio. [Colophon: Thus endeth the workes of Geffray / Chaucer. Printed at L¯odon / by Thomas Godfray. / The yere of our lorde. M.D.XXXII ...]
  Original collation: 22 p. l. (incl. all but last leaf of The Knyghtes tale) xiii-cccixxxiii (i.e. ccclxxxvii) numb. 1. (3 unnumb. 1. being inserted and number ccc repeated) Half-titles preceding longer works have same border as t.-p
  Original edition published by William Thynne
  "Exclusive of The Romaunt of the rose, part of which is by Chaucer, and Surigon's Latin epitaph, the folio includes 40 pieces. Of these 18 are by Chaucer; 8 (apparently) by Lydgate; 2 by Hoccleve; 1 apiece by Henryson, Ros, Usk, Gower, Clanvowe, and Scogan (6 in all); and 6 are anonymous. To these we may add 1 more piece by Chaucer, viz his Balade on gentilesse, introduced into the midst of the piece by Scogan ... If we reckon by pages, the genuine works occupy less than three-fourths of the volume."--Introd
  "One thousand copies of this facsimile have been printed; of which this is number 346."
Alt Author Skeat, Walter W. (Walter William), 1835-1912
  Thynne, William, d. 1546
  Lydgate, John, 1370?-1451?
  Hoccleve, Thomas, 1370?-1450?

The "Speght Chaucer," 1598.  This volume contains a wealth of evidence about how the Renaissance English reading public understood Chaucer, his works, his importance to English literature, and the Middle English language.  It would have been the most recent Chaucer edition available during the period when Shakespeare was adapting Chaucer's Troilus to create Troilus and Cressida (1601-2).

Author Chaucer, Geoffrey, d. 1400
Title Works. 1598
  The Workes of our antient and learned English poet, Geffrey Chaucer, newly printed. : In this impression you shall find these additions. 1 His portraiture and progenie shewed. 2 His life collected. 3 Arguments to euery booke gathered. 4 Old and obscure words explaned. 5 Authors by him cited, declared. 6 Difficulties opened. 7 Two bookes of his, neuer before printed
Pub. info. London, : Printed by Adam Islip, at the charges of Bonham Norton., 1598
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Descript [28], 394, [14] leaves, [1] leaf of plates : ill., geneal. tables, port. ; 32 cm. (fol. in 6s)
Note Gothic type. Title within architectural border, with quote from Chaucer above, and quote from Ovid below. The Canterbury tales, The Romaunt of the rose, and The story of Thebes: compiled by Iohn Lidgate, monke of Bury, are each preceded by half-title within border showing the houses of York and Lancaster, terminating in Henry VIII. The portrait of Chaucer, preceding the life, has engraved border giving his "Progenie", with coats of arms, etc
  Many errors in numbering of leaves
  Signatures: a6b-c6[par.]4A-U62A-2T62U-2X82Y-4A64B8
  Initial leaf and final leaf are blank
  Leaf b1 signed c1; leaf [par.]3 signed A.iii
  Editor's dedication to Sir Robert Cecil signed: Tho. Speght
  Head- and tail-pieces; initials
  Other variants of the 1598 Chaucer have Thomas Wight in place of Norton's name on the t.p., or have imprint: Londini, Impensis Geor. Bishop, Anno. 1598. Cf. STC
  STC (2nd ed.)
Alt author Speght, Thomas, fl. 1600
  Lydgate, John, 1370?-1451? Siege of Thebes. 1598
Alt title Siege of Thebes

Speght Chaucer Images

Geoffrey Chaucer (trans. Sir Francis Kinnaston), Amorvm Troili et Cresidae.  Libri duo priores Anglico-Latini, 1635

Author Chaucer, Geoffrey, d. 1400
Title Amorvm Troili et Creseidae. Libri duo priores Anglico-Latini
Pub. info. Oxoniae, Excudebat Iohannes Lichfield, 1635
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Descript 159 p. 19 cm
Note English and Latin
  Latin translation by Francis Kinaston
Alt author Kinnaston, Francis, Sir, 1587-1642
Alt title Troilus and Cressida

Chaucer, trans. Kinnaston, Amorvm Troili et Creseidae, 1635, images.

Richard Brathwait, A comment upon the two tales of our ancient, renovvned, and ever-living poet, Sr. Jeffray Chavcer, Knight . . . , 1665

Author Brathwait, Richard, 1588?-1673
Title A comment upon the two tales of our ancient, renovvned, and ever-living poet Sr. Jeffray Chavcer, Knight. Who, for his rich fancy, pregnant invention, and present composure, deserved the countenance of a prince, and his laureat honour. The miller's tale and The wife of Bath. Addressed and published by special authority
Pub. info. London, Printed by W. Godbid, and are to be sold by Peter Dring at the Sun in the Poultrey neer the Rose-Tavern, 1665
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Descript 2 p. l., 199 p. 17 cm
Note Author's initials appear in dedication
  Some copies of this edition bear the name of a different bookseller, Peter Dring
LC SUBJ HDG Chaucer, Geoffrey, d. 1400. Miller's tale
  Chaucer, Geoffrey, d. 1400. Wife of Bath's tale

Brathwait, A comment upon the two tales of our ancient, renovvvned, and ever-living poet Sr. Jeffray Chavcer, Knight, 1665, images

John Dryden, Fables Ancient and Modern: Translated into English from Homer, Ovid, Boccacce, and Chaucer . . . , 1713

Author Dryden, John, 1631-1700
Title Fables antient and modern; translated into verse from Homer, Ovid, Boccace, and Chaucer: with original poems. By Mr. Dryden..
Pub. info. London, Printed for J. Tonson, 1713
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Descript 24 l., 550, [2] p. front. 19 1/2 cm
Contents Preface -- Palamon and Arcite: or, The knight's tale [from Chaucer] -- To my honour'd kinsman, John Driden, of Chesterton -- Meleager and Atalanta, out of the eighth book of Ovid's Metamorphosis -- Sigismonda and Guiscardo, from Boccace -- Baucis and Philemon, out of the eighth book of Ovid's Metamorphoses -- Pygmalion and the statue, out of the tenth book of Ovid's Metamorphoses -- Cinyras and Myrrha, out of the tenth book

Geoffrey Chaucer, ed. Thomas Urry, THE WORKS...three Tales are Added...together with a the Whole is Prefixed the Author's Life..., 1721

Author Chaucer, Geoffrey, d. 1400
Title The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer : compared with the former editions, and many valuable mss. out of which, three tales are added which were never before printed / by John Urry, student of Christ-Church, Oxon. deceased; together with a glossary by a student of the same College. To the whole is prefixed the author's life, newly written, and a preface, giving an account of this edition
Pub. Info. London: Printed for Bernard Linot, 1721
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Descript 48 p., [1]-626 p., 1 l., 3-81 [1] p., 1 l. : ill. ; 39 cm
Note The work was left unfinished at Urry's death, and the final revision and completion were intrusted to Timothy Thomas, who wrote the preface and glossary. The life of Chaucer was originally written by John Dart, but was revised and altered by William Thomas
  Bound in brown leather, stamped in gold. Covers detached
  From the library of Paul Louis Feiss
LC SUBJ HDG Chaucer, Geoffrey, d. 1400. Works. 1721
  English literature -- Early works to 1800
Alt Author Urry, John, 1666-1715
  Thomas, Timothy, 1693 or 4-1751
  Dart, John, d. 1730
  Thomas, William, fl. 1721