4to (190 x 136mm.), third edition, black letter, woodcut initials, without Pierce the Plowman's Crede at the end, antique blind-stamped calf, speckled edges, dark green endpapers, occasional spotting and browning, upper joint partially cracked, wear to edges of binding
fourth edition of the most important work in middle english aside from chaucer's "canterbury tales".
This copy, as is often the case, lacks the Crede called for in the title, and present in some copies (actually a reprint of STC 19904). Pierce the Ploughman's Crede is a further alliterative poem by an unknown author, heavily influenced by Langland, to whom it pays tribute. It is often absent in this edition owing to its being proscribed for its Wycliffite doctrine and sustained social criticism.
Bound in at the end is the single leaf "Song. Penned by John Grange", given as "Imprynted at London by Henry Bynneman, 1577", but apparently a ninteenth-century printing.
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