London: William Pickering, 1842
Two volumes. 8vo (18cm). (xlx),272; [vi], (273) – (630)pp. Folding frontispiece, titles printed in red and black, contemporary polished straight-grained morocco gilt by Proudfoot, top edge gilt, others untrimmed, upper covers with dolphin and anchor motif in gilt, bookplate of Henry C. Collision; a fine set.
Piers Ploughman is one of the great works of English literature of the Middle Ages and contains the first known allusion to the Robin Hood tales. It is attributed to William Langland and is a Christian allegorical epic poem. Wright translated and published one of the two “definitive” versions of the work in the 19th century.