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Faber & Faber, London - first edition, 1963. hardcover, 8 3/4" x 9 1/2", with dust jacket. Some foxing spots to top edges only. Jacket has v minor wear at spine top. VERY GOOD book in VERY GOOD price-clipped dust jacket. Blue cloth-bound boards with silver title to spine, chronological table, further readings, appendix (Types and Titles of the Blessed Virgin Mary), Index of First Lines. This is the first critical anthology of medieval English lyrics to be published and the first comprehensive anthology since 1907. Presents 187 of the best and most interesting shorter medieval English poems, written between the Norman Conquest and the Reformation. Spelling has been adjusted & every poem has glosses or a full translation on the same page. It is a unique introduction to the study of medieval literature, with a variety of popular, learned, aristocratic, vulgar verse. "By simple directness and thorough scholarship Mr Davies has given us one of the best pictures of [medieval] English poetry," - 'The Tablet'.