Very rare stipple with etching, proof before letters, sheet 265 x 180mm. 10˝ x 7". Trimmed to plate.
Geoffrey Chaucer (c.1343 - 1400) was an English author, poet, philosopher, bureaucrat, courtier and diplomat. Although he wrote many works, he is best remembered for his unfinished frame narrative 'The Canterbury Tales'. Sometimes called the father of English literature, Chaucer is credited by some scholars as the first author to demonstrate the artistic legitimacy of the vernacular English language, rather than French or Latin. An apparently identical image, but enlarged to include the whole shield upper left, to the frontispiece to William Godwin's 'Life of Geoffrey Chaucer' by Peter Condé (item 14931). Either this is from a different plate, or the frontispiece is from the same plate reduced in size.
[Ref: 14932] £230.00