4 MARCH 1905, Page 25

The First Folio of Chaucer. (Alex. Moring, and Henry Frowde.

15 5s. net.)—Among the various facsimile reproductions which have been lately given to the world, there is not one more beautiful and interesting than the First Folio of Chaucer. This edition appeared in 1532 under the care of William Thynne, who was at that time Chief Clerk of the Kitchen to Henry VIII. It contains, besides real and pseudo Chaucer poems, some works of Lydgate and others. Dr. Walter Skeat has added largely to the literary value of the book by his bibliographical introduction. The volume is one which will delight all who love beautiful books, and is sure to find admiring purchasers throughout the English- speaking world. We heartily commend the publishers for their public spirit in entering upon this costly scheme, and for the skill and care with which they have carried out the production of the volume.